How many writers festivals are there in Melbourne and Victoria? Lots!
The City of Kingston has its first literary festival called Write Up, 21–23 June, offering discussions, readings, workshops and performances.
If you're a writer on the bay side of town, Friday 21 June from 6.30 to 9.30 is Meet the Locals at the Kinston Arts Centre. The night includes short play readings, a spotlight on local playwright Kieran Carroll, an open mic and a Writers' Club (yes with the apostrophe there), where local writers can meet and sell their work. It's free, but bookings are essential. I'd love to say, see you there, but I'm already booked to review that night.
More info at kingstonarts.com.au.