npf16 playwrights’ program

Playwrights’ Program

Our dedicated program of skills and craft development, exclusively for playwrights.

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance at

Playwriting Masterclasses

Michael Gow, Richard Frankland and Hannie Rayson will each teach a masterclass for writers sharing their wisdom, insight and expertise.

Richard Frankland

When                   Friday 29 July, 9am – 11am
Cost                       $35 (bookings essential)
Venue                 The Hoopla Room, Malthouse

Hannie Rayson (SOLD OUT)

When                   Friday 29 July, 10am – 12.30pm
Cost                       $35 (bookings essential)
Venue                 The Tower, Malthouse

Michael Gow (SOLD OUT)

When                   Friday 29 July, 11am – 1pm
Cost                       $35 (booking essential)
Venue                  The Hoopla Room, Malthouse


A multi-skilled, multi-layered masterclass in the craft of playwriting, led by some of Australia’s leading playwrights. They will share their favourite element of craft – whether it be character building, dramatic structure, or how to write believable cracking dialogue – the how, when and why they do it. Listen, learn, take note(s) and be motivated and inspired beyond your imagination.

Presenters Include: Mary Rachel Brown, Declan Greene, Lachlan Philpott, Melissa Reeves, Steve Rodgers

When                  Saturday 30 July, 9.30am – 11.30am
Cost                       Free (booking essential)
Venue                  The Tower, Malthouse

Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance at

You will receive a confirmation of your ticket a week before the festival. Please bring cash to the front door.