Words in Winter 2024 – Expressions of Interest.

2024 Festival Dates: 23-25 August

EOI Deadline: Friday April 19th 2024, 5pm

Words in Winter is an annual regional festival of words and ideas, that brings warmth and solace to our community during the unforgiving, cold month of August in Daylesford.

This year our theme is: Connection of the Heart

We invite you to participate in this 22nd Words in Winter festival by filing in your details below and writing a brief proposal of what you would like to do.


“To celebrate a festival means: to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner, the universal assent to the world as a whole.”

Josef Pieper


Advice for applicants

If successful your session will be included in the program and all of our marketing activities. It is important to note, however, that your session will be just one of many during a busy festival season. So, if you want to ensure that your session is well attended, you should start thinking NOW about how you might promote it through your own networks including social media, posters, email marketing, and continuously bending the ear of anyone one who’ll listen!

The Process

Once the Expressions of Interests period has closed, all submissions will be assessed. You will be notified by email by the end of March as to whether your application has been successful or not. Due to the limited number of places available over the festival weekend, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that your application will be accepted.


Note: Words In Winter Public Liability Insurance only covers events held at the designated venues as listed. If using an alternative venue, you will need to provide a copy of the Public Liability Insurance certificate of currency for that premises.


$50 per event which goes toward producing the programme, advertising costs such as print and web ads and social media. We are a non-profit entity. Payment requested when acceptance email sent.

Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.