About the Festival

Words on the Waves Writers Festival is a celebration of words and ideas set on the scenic Central Coast, NSW, Australia.

It launched in June 11 – 14, 2021, and is now looking towards its second outing June 3 – 6, 2022.

Please join us for intimate conversations, book signings with your favourite authors, workshops, a kids’ program and more.


2021 Event

We were so thrilled to deliver an exciting and diverse program for the first-ever Words on the Waves Writers Festival, taking place over the June long weekend (1114 June, 2021) on the scenic Central Coast.

We kicked off on Friday June 11 with a real treat; an evening with Richard Fidler. On Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13, we were treated to riveting discussions and debates led by some of our country’s most interesting thinkers and writers, all held at the Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. And rounding out the festival, on Monday June 14 we joined Grace Karskens and Vicki Hastrich for a memorable literary cruise upon Brisbane Water.

Especially designed for school groups

Community Outreach

Words on the Waves also presented a program dedicated to preschool and primary school-aged children as part of the Schools Program on Friday June 11, 2021, and the Family Fun Day on Sunday June 13, 2021.

With a fantastic line up of well-known children’s authors and an opening address given by the Australian Children’s Laureate, kids left abuzz with new ideas and creative inspiration. We believe heartily in the ability of literacy to empower children to reach their true potential, and we endeavour to bring this to the Central Coast community, its children and families.

Contact us below if you are a local school who would like to participate in 2022.


Words on the Waves @ Wagstaffe

An Evening with Meg & Tom Keneally

Please join us for our first WOW Festival event on Saturday 27th March 2021 at the wonderful Wagstaff Hall on the Central Coast.


Especially designed for school groups

Especially designed for school groups

Presented in partnership with SCBWI, our Schools Program will take place on Friday June 11 at a festival precinct in Umina Beach.


Words on the Waves – who, what, where & why

Words on the Waves – who, what, where & why

All the information you’ll need to plan your festival experience, including accessibility, venue, ticketing and more.


Support our Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.