Words on the Waves Early Bird Weekend Pass now on sale!

For the first time ever, Words on the Waves will be offering an Early Bird discount on their festival Weekend Pass. This release coincides with the exciting first wave of author announcements for the 2024 event.

What is it? The Early Bird offer will be available from Wednesday March 6 until Saturday April 6, and applies to the Weekend Pass only (Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2024).

How much does it cost? The Early Bird offer costs $140, which is a $38 saving on your festival experience. This entitles you to 8 sessions across the weekend, which means each session only costs $17.50! That’s good value, we reckon.

How does it work? First, simply purchase your Early Bird offer and then sit back and wait. Once our Weekend Pass program is released in April, you will be prompted to apply your pass to the sessions you want. This year, you can pick whichever talk you want at whichever venue.

Extra benefits! As an Early Bird pass holder you will receive this priority reminder and access bookings a day early – so you can be sure you won’t miss out on seeing your favourites.

Buy your Early Birds here, and Ticketing FAQs here.

How do I know which authors will be part of Weekend Pass program? Joining us from regional Victoria, we have Robyn Davidson; intrepid traveller and author of the iconic 1977 camel adventure, Tracks. Also from regional Victoria hails Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian Aboriginal writer best-known for Dark EmuBruce Pascoe. It’s been 16 years since his international smash-hit The Boat, and we can’t wait to hear what Nam Le has to say next. Former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will be sharing her story of hope, and Gregory P Smith his philosophy of happiness. We will also be joined by acclaimed author and poet, Tony Birch. From QLD we will welcome Pia Miranda, the star of film classic, Looking for Alibrandi, as well as historical fiction novelist Melissa Ashley. And from closer to home, the Central Coast’s own MasterChef Julie Goodwin and one we like to claim as our own, Stella Prize-winner Charlotte Wood. These literary luminaries and more will be exploring the 2024 themepast is present is future is always. 

Explore 2024 authors here.


Words on the Waves is a not-for-profit literary festival, the first of its kind for the Central Coast region. Its mission is to deliver an immersive annual festival of stories, ideas and connection, set against the scenic Central Coast, and to enrich the cultural landscape of the region year-round. Its vision is to become one of Australia’s leading regional literary festivals, known for its vibrant and diverse program as well as its unique setting. In 2024, Words on the Waves will celebrate its fourth year. The festival encompasses two full days of author talks and panels held concurrently across two venues, as well as an evening conversation event, an opening address event, professional development stream, late night poetry readings, a literary cruise, a storytelling evening, family fun day and schools program, writing workshops and book launch program for local authors. In 2024 the festival is adding a new large-scale festival marquee venue and programming stream, entitled The Dip.

In 2024 Words on the Waves Writers Festival will take place from Wednesday May 29 to Monday June 3. The Main Program (including the Weekend Pass program) will be revealed on April 17, with the new Dip program to follow on April 24.