About the Event

April 30 - May 1

The Walkley Foundation and The Media and Arts Alliance will present the inaugural Freelancer Festival to be held in Launceston, Tasmania, in 2018. Join us for this exciting event and we'll give you the information and practical skills to create your own employment opportunities in media and the arts. The festival program includes:

  • High-profile speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops
  • Technology for freelancers
  • Travel writing
  • Podcasting
  • Social media self-defence
  • How to be a digital nomad
And while the festival is underway, you will have the opportunity to:
  • network with a diverse range of media professionals and creative artists
  • engage with successful small business operators
  • learn entrepreneurial skills from Australia's top freelancers
  • dine at one of Launceston's s best restaurants

I didn’t want an unsatisfying career. And I didn’t want to commit to one place - either one company or one location. I wanted to make my own decisions ~ Rocco Baldasarre, Digital Nomad

Festival highlights include an exploration of picturesque Launceston and its surrounds and the beverages from the award winning Tamar Valley wineries.

The 2018 Freelance Festival is an exciting chance for you to learn, explore, and network with a growing workforce of freelancers and media entrepreneurs.

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Tracey Spicer


Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective

Ginger Gorman

Freelance Journalist

Patrick Brown

Freelance Illustrator

Lindy Alexander

Freelance Writer

Rachel Berger

Comedian and Writer

Sue White

Travel Writer & Digital Nomad

Ryan & Lincoln Trainor

Digital Nomads & Entrepreneurs

Don't Miss a Thing

Full Program Coming Soon

Sunday, 29th April

4:00 - 6:00PM

Tamar Valley Taster

Networking Drinks

Meet the winemakers and taste a selection of wines and sparklings from the award winning Tamar Valley.

Monday, 30th April

08:00 - 9:00AM

Women in Media Launch

Tracey Spicer

Award winning journalist Tracey Spicer will officially launch the Women in Media Tasmania Branch

09:45 - 10:30AM


Ginger Gorman

Freelance journalist Ginger Gorman and her freelancing work.

11:00 - 12:00PM

In Conversation

The Bigger Picture

Marvel illustrator Patrick Brown

12:00 - 1:00PM

Panel Discussion

Trolls and Digital Security

How to protect yourself from trolls, bullies, cybershames and cyberstalkers

1:30 - 4:30PM

Sessions & Workshops

Workshop Stream

Comedy workshop, media training, photography tips & more

Tuesday, 1st May

09:00 - 9:30AM


Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective

09:45 - 10:30PM

In Conversation

Trade your office for Bali

The digital nomad life

11:00 - 12:00PM


Media Training 101

Ginger Gorman and Sue White demonstrate some tips and tricks from their Media Bootcamp workshops.

12:00 - 1:00PM


Books & Publishing

How to manage a major writing project: Self publishing vs traditional

1:30 - 4:30PM


Photoshop tips, Podcasting, Video Editing & more

Choose from a selection of workshops

Early Bird/MEAA Members


  • Pre-conference drinks
  • Access to all Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Morning tea & lunch
  • Network Dinner

Custom Package


  • Day Tickets
  • Women in Media Breakfast
  • Network Dinner
  • Workshops
  • Selected Sessions

Event Partners