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 will launch June 11 – 14, 2021.

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


We are so thrilled to reveal the 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 are kickstarting the festival on Friday June 11 with a real treat; an evening with Richard Fidler. On Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13, we hope you can join us for 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 join us for a memorable literary cruise upon Brisbane Water with Grace Karskens and Vicki Hastrich.

Especially designed for school groups

Words on the Waves will also present a program dedicated to children and young adult readers as part of the Schools Program on Friday June 11, 2021, and the Kids & YA Program on Saturday June 12 and 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 will be abuzz with new ideas and creative inspiration.


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 first 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.