With five days to go, Bendigo Writers Festival is nearing capacity for many sessions across the two-day program.
While the big Capital Theatre is comfortably coping with ticket sales for keynote sessions, including Ita Buttrose, Don Watson and Gideon Haigh, it's close to sold-out for sessions in the smaller venues.
The schools day program, which runs on Friday, booked out a couple of weeks ago.
"For a first time event, we have to be happy with this momentum," director City Futures Stan Liacos said.
"Well done to all."
Bendigo Weekly general manager Peter Kennedy said the response to the Festival has exceeded expectations.
"When we first put this idea to the City of Greater Bendigo council and La Trobe University, everyone said, yes, it's time," Mr Kennedy said.
"It's been a great effort by all concerned to make it happen.
"We hope all the visiting writers and everyone who comes along to the first festival enjoys this milestone in Bendigo's history."