About the Event

April 30 - May 1

The Launceston Freelance Festival will present the inaugural Freelancer Festival to be held in Launceston, Tasmania in 2018.

The event is proudly supported by the Walkley Foundation and The Media and Arts Alliance.

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 sampling 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

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Program Overview

Sunday, 29th April

4:00 - 6:00PM

Tamar Valley Taster

Networking Drinks

Enjoy a tasting session of wines and sparklings with Fran Austin, award-winning winemaker from Delamere Vineyards.

Monday, 30th April

08:00 - 9:00AM
Tracey Spicer

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


Ginger Gorman

Freelance journalist Ginger Gorman discusses her career as a freelance journalist

11:00 - 12:00PM

In Conversation

The Bigger Picture

Illustrators Patrick Brown, Brent Jago, Bobby Baxter

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

Podcasting, media training, simple video editing


Pitching for commissions, The Walkleys, What are you worth?

6:00PM - 10:00PM

Network Dinner

Jump on the Matthew Brady Boat Ride and discover Tasmania's bushranging history

Enjoy an entertaining network dinner with comedian Rachel Berger

Tuesday, 1st May

09:00 - 9:30AM
Nina Hendy


Nina Hendy

The Freelance Collective

09:45 - 10:30PM
Ryan&Lincoln Trainor

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
Chris Gallagher


Books & Publishing

How to manage a major writing project

1:30 - 4:30PM


Accounting, Writing, Comedy


Managing events, Reporting Isam

MEAA Members/Concession


  • Women in Media Breakfast
  • Pre-festival drinks
  • All sessons and workshops
  • Morning tea & lunch
  • Network Dinner

Custom Package


  • Day Tickets
  • Workshops
  • All sessions
  • Morning tea & lunch

Event Partners