Our Staff

The Writers Victoria office and program are coordinated and managed by our dedicated staff team. 

Angela Savage


Angela always wanted to be a writer, but figured she needed to live an interesting life first in order to have something worth writing about. She spent most of the 1990s living and working on HIV projects in Southeast Asia, before returning to Australia, where she alternated between writing fiction and working in the community sector. Read more...

Angela is in the office Monday to Thursday.

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Alexis Drevikovsky

General Manager

Alexis' professional life has revolved around words. She taught English to Mexican children, placated disgruntled airline passengers and worked to reconnect consumers to the sustainable food sector. She’s happiest somewhere between literature, language and keeping things organised.

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Emma Cayley

Communications Manager
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Emma is a writer and communications specialist whose career began in bookselling – way back in a Britpop-heady London. Since those formative years, she has worked for some very excellent cultural organisations and publishing houses in Australia and the UK. She is currently studying the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne and is intent on finishing the YA manuscript she’s (still) working on. Emma can be found in the Writers Victoria office or online on Monday to Thursday.

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Claire Capel-Stanley

Program Manager
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Claire is a writer and arts administrator with experience working in the not-for-profit arts sector and national cultural institutions. Claire writes on art and other things for various publications and has made poetry for the wall, the page and performance. Claire is in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Deanne Sheldon-Collins

Program Officer
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Deanne is a freelance writer and editor who worked for several years in bookselling. She is Co-Manager of the National Young Writers' Festival and former Reviews Editor of Aurealis magazine. Deanne has a Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from the University of Queensland, which built on her undergraduate studies in Literature and Writing. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Harriet Gaffney

Project Officer (Write-ability / Regional Touring)
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Harriet is a writer, arts administrator and teacher with a passion for untold narratives and minority voices, something that has been fostered by living in regional Australia.  She has a Masters in Professional and Creative Writing and is currently writing a novel as part of her PhD.  Harriet is based in Geelong and works Tuesday to Friday.

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Alex Fairhill

Project Assistant (Write-ability)
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Alex can’t remember a time she wasn’t telling stories. After a twenty-year detour through journalism she returned to writing fiction, mainly for young adults and children. She lives in regional Victoria, has a Masters in Writing and Literature and a strong interest in stories representing marginalised groups. Alex is in the Writers Victoria office on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Sarah Vincent

Membership and Development Officer
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Sarah began her writing life as a playwright, graduating from the VCA with an Associate Diploma Dramatic Arts (Scriptwriting). Her plays have been performed in Australia and have traveled to Athens and Edinburgh. She is changing her focus to prose. She has just graduated from RMIT"s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. Her memoir 'Death By Dim Sim' was published by Penguin Random House in February 2017. Sarah can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Adriane Howell

Finance and Competitions Officer
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Adriane graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared online and in print, and she is co-founder of Gargouille literary journal. Adriane can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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