The second outing of Words on the Waves Writers Festival will take place June 3 – 6, 2022. It will primarily be held at select venues in Umina Beach, a sun-drenched coastal village on the Central Coast, NSW.

What are the dates of the 2022 Words on the Waves Writers Festival?

The 2022 Words on the Waves Writers Festival main program will run from Saturday 4 June to Sunday 5 June 2022, with launch celebrations on the Friday 3 June and a literary cruise on Monday 6 June.

The program for the Words on the Waves Festival will be released in April 2022 along with ticketing options.

In addition, Words on the Waves will partner with The Bouddi Society for the one-day literary event Words at Wagstaffe, held at Wagstaffe Hall on Saturday 26 March 2022.

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The Schools Program will take place in the first week of June 2022.

In addition, Words on the Waves will announce satellite events throughout the year, including workshops, author talks and more.

Where can I view the 2022 Festival Program?

The full 2022 program for both the June festival and the March Wagstaffe event will be available in 2022, sign up here for updates.

Where can I get a hard copy of the 2022 Festival Program?

We will advise where you can pick up your hard copy of the program closer to the date.

Where does the Festival take place?

The Words on the Waves Writers Festival main program events (4 and 5 June 2022) will take place at the Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club (509 Ocean Beach Rd, Umina Beach) and the Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club (176 The Esplanade, Umina Beach). There are large free car parks adjacent to both venues. With both boasting a panoramic beach view, these Festival venues are hard to beat!

Select events will also take place at Naughty Noodle Fun Haus, 5 Broken Bay Rd, Ettalong; and Umina Beach Public School Hall, and more to be announced.

Are there any free events at the Festival?

Please check in closer to the event for the full program, or sign up here for updates.

Are there any events for children?

Yes, we offer a Primary Schools Program and Secondary Schools Program, with details being finalised now. Interested schools can register their interest here.

There are also additional events for kids and young adult readers across the June 2022 weekend, sign up here for updates.

Can I volunteer at the Festival?

Yes! We are incredibly grateful to our team of volunteers, and consistently recruit. Please see the Volunteers page for more details or contact us here.

Can I present my work at the Festival or recommend an author for the event?

We have confirmed most of our authors for the 2022 festival, but we welcome ideas from Central Coast writers as well those from further afield.

Invitations are then issued at the discretion of the programming committee, who design the program well ahead of each festival.

Do you run professional development events for writers?

We are planning these events for 2022, sign up here for updates.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

We are not able to pass on contact details for or messages to authors attending the Words on the Waves Writers Festival – please contact the writers’ publisher or agent. If you have a media enquiry, please contact: media@wordsonthewaves.com.au 

Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Festival?

The Words on the Waves Writers Festival consists of a 1- or 2-day pass. A daily pass gives you access to a minimum of four Words on the Waves Festival events.

Due to COVID restrictions we are limiting day passes to comply with the venue capacity. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets well in advance.

How do I book tickets?

At the time of the Festival program release, Day Passes will become available via this website and our ticketing partner page.

How much are tickets?

Tickets range from $5 – $100. Our Day Pass is $89 + booking fee, with a discount offered for those opting for both weekend Days.

Will there be door sales?

To help manage COVID restrictions, we strongly recommend you book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment, however there may be a limited number of Day Passes available for purchase at the Festival Venue. We also suggest you arrive well in advance of event start times.

How are tickets delivered?

You will be sent your tickets from our ticketing partner. Further instructions for the day will be communicated at this time. Please always remember to check your Spam or Junk folders in case our communications end up there.

What are the service fees?

Service fees are extra per ticket.

What if I have any problems?

You can contact us at admin@wordsonthewaves.com.au with any problems and we will endeavour to help you.

Is seating allocated at the Festival?

The seating is General Admission and is not allocated.

There are wheelchair accessible areas in each venue. Please contact us on bookings@wordsonthewaves.com.au and we will try to assist you.

If you have any accessibility needs (i.e. aisle seats), please keep these in mind when purchasing. On the day, Festival volunteers will be happy to assist you where possible.

How do I get to the festival?

For information on bus, ferry and train services to the Central Coast, visit the Tourism Central Coast website here.

Will there be an information desk at the Festival?

There will be a Festival Information Desk near or within the venue. Lost property, information about the program, venue and other general information will be available here.

How long do the events last?

The majority of events last one hour. Start and end times for each event will be detailed on their online event listing and in the program.

Can I buy books at the Festival?

The Festival has its own dedicated bookseller located onsite, The Bookshop Umina. Audience members will be able to purchase books by authors appearing in the Festival in the bookshop.

Can I get my books signed at the Festival?

Yes. Book signings will take place immediately following most events, near the Festival bookshop run by The Bookshop Umina.

Will any Festival events be recorded?

We record our Festival events where possible (please visit our Live Recordings & Podcast page for past highlights). It is possible that audience members’ images will be included from time to time in the filming. Should you wish not to be filmed, please advise a volunteer. No flash photography or recording by attendees is permitted.

What provisions will be in place at the Festival for those with disabilities?

All of our locations are accessible by wheelchair. We are working on our Accessibility information and will be updating this closer to the date.

Auslan Interpreters will be available by request, subject to availability, or you can bring your own. Please email admin@wordsonthewaves.com.au if you would like to discuss this further.

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.