Schools program

Our schools program is free for all schools within 150km of Albury and provides opportunities for students to be inspired by and learn from some of Australia's best authors and illustrators.

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The WAM Schools Program is a key feature of the Write Around the Murray Festival and is provided free of charge to all schools within 150km of Albury. WAM Schools Program provides opportunities for almost 1,800 students to be inspired by and learn from some of Australia's best authors and illustrators. Each year students travel from as far as Mt Beauty, Myrtleford, Wangaratta, Lockhart, Corowa and Wagga Wagga to attend talks and workshops at the Albury LibraryMuseum.

2023 Schools Program

This year’s Schools Program features playwright and slam poet,Megan J Riedl; Wiradjuri storyteller and linguist, Ruth Davys; author, illustrator, TV producer and screenwriter, Mick Elliott; Cultural storytelling/illustrating duo, Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard; Young Adult fantasy writer, Karen Ginnane; local author Sally Hughes; author/digital illustrator,Sher Rill Ng; and award-winning children’s author, ghost-writer and copywriter, Andrea Rowe.

DOWNLOAD SCHOOLS PROGRAM for program details, booking processes and travel subsidy information.

Travel subsidies available in 2023

If the cost of bus hire makes it difficult for your school to attend WAM, let us know. The Riverina Murray Local Council of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association has partnered with us to make a limited number of travel subsidies available this year. Details in School program pdf.

Recommended reading list

  • Whylah the Koori Warrior, Jordan Gould & Richard Pritchard
  • Jetty Jumping, Andrea Rowe (Picture book)
  • Squidge Dibley Destroys the School, Mick Elliot
  • When Days Tilt (YA), Karen Ginnane
  • Our Little Inventor, Sher Rill Ng

The above authors and more feature in the WAM public program, which also includes sessions for young writers and story lovers, including a special WAM4Kids program on Saturday morning. The public program is announced on 2 August.

Related pages

AlburyCity Short Story Award

The annual AlburyCity Short Story Award is open to entrants throughout Australia. Stories can be up to 3000 words.

Read the Story

Barry Young River of Stories Awards

The Barry Young River of Stories is a writing competition for Primary and Secondary school students who reside in the Albury Wodonga region. It has been brought to the region by the Albury Hume Rotary Club since 2003.

Read the Story

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