Sydney Writers’ Festival is a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation. 

We rely on the support of private individuals and forward-thinking corporations from our community to help us safeguard the future of Australia’s largest literary festival and bring the joy of books to diverse audiences around the country and the Festival that enriches the cultural life of the city. In fact, more than a third of our annual funding comes from philanthropy and corporate sponsorship. We warmly thank our Patrons and donors for their generosity. 

Please consider joining this visionary group of supporters. 

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Patron Program

Our Patrons support the Sydney Writers’ Festival with gifts of $1,000 or more. They play a vital role in the life of our organisation. In recognition of your generosity, you will access a suite of exclusive benefits. These benefits include a priority ticket booking window, invitations to members-only events and our comfortable, fully catered and much-loved Patron Lounge.

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dialogue dialogue

A network of young philanthropists championing writers and the written word by supporting Sydney Writers’ Festival, dialogue presents agenda-setting talks on the issues that matter with imaginative and intelligent voices in Australian literature. With exclusive benefits to members, discover this meeting point for debate, discussion, the critical and curious.

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Supporting as a Company Supporting as a Company

Our partnerships are bespoke, each created to suit our partner’s objectives and requirements. Partners align their brand with Sydney Writers' Festival, and gain access to our audiences through a broad range of marketing and public relation campaigns.

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Donate now Donate Now

A gift of any size makes a huge difference to us. We are so grateful to those supporters who top up their ticket purchase and give what they can to help us bring the greatest writers and thinkers to the Festival, providing cultural nourishment and educational opportunities. Donations between $2–999 are tax-deductible with receipt.

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"Sydney Writers’ Festival for me has been a much needed reminder that even in dark times human beings can come together through those holy acts of reading and writing."

— George Saunders, 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival guest