Writers, graphic artists, journalists, broadcasters and poets took to Wodonga to inspire 134 aspiring teenage writers for Girls Write Up.
The all-day festival aimed to teach empowerment through writing and story telling while exploring the relationship between language, gender and power and the affects of unconscious bias.
The forum was opened to teenagers of all genders.
Organisers said the festival unpacked the way the female voice was devalued in literary and popular culture, while instilling confidence.
Wodonga is the only regional site for the event.
Guest speakers included writer, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes, spoken-work poet Lorin Elizabeth, Winnie Dunn, emerging writer and comic maker Alice Chipkin and political writer Alana Schetzer.