All About Speculate


When is Speculate 2019 happening?

Speculate 2019 will take place over two days at Gasworks Arts Park on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16. 

Friday will be focused on craft and the publishing journey. We’ll be hosting two full day workshops to help writers hone their work and identify pathways to publishing. It’ll be a smaller day, with chances to mingle and network outside workshops as well.

Saturday will be our marquee day, with a similar format to Speculate 2018. We’ll be hosting large group sessions in Gasworks’ main theatre, and there’ll be plenty of chances to connect with other writers from around Victoria and Australia – plus this year we’ve added an extra session to get the most out of the day.

What is Speculate?

Speculate is a festival for writers of speculative fiction from any and all backgrounds. Whether you're plotting your first short story or doing line edits on your next horror trilogy - Speculate is the place for you to connect and grow with other science fiction and fantasy writers.

How did Speculate Start?

The team at The Morning Bell have been running a literary podcast for the greater part of three years, hosting some of the best Australian speculative fiction authors. The team decided it was time to give Melbourne writers the chance to experience the same great conversations, engaging topics, and honest insights into the world of writing and publishing live.

What can people expect at Speculate?

Speculate is all about building the speculative fiction writing community in Victoria and Australia. You can expect to gain insights in world-building, craft, and publishing, and to have plenty of opportunities to network with other passionate writers. We're expanding our offerings to meet demand, with a two day program to give you more chances to grow your craft.

You can find all of this year's session and workshop details here.

Who will be on stage?

We're working hard on our guest list for Speculate 2019. Our aim is bring an outstanding group of guests together to provide unique insights that help build the capacity of the Speculative Fiction writing community in Victoria. Our full guest list is almost complete – you can find it here.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets to Speculate 2019 will be available at the end of January. Make sure you're signed up to our mailing list to be the first to know all the details! We’re working hard to keep prices down in order to keep Speculate as accessible as possible.

How can I get involved with volunteering?

As an entirely volunteer-run festival, we appreciate your interest! We're excited to be running the festival for a second year, and our 2018 volunteers were a huge part of the inaugural event's success.

Expressions of interest for this year’s festival have now closed. We’ve received an amazing response, and are grateful for the strong interest from the writing community in being part of this event. If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Volunteer Manager Alex Fairhill at