Writers Victoria offers courses run by Victorian, interstate and international tutors. Get to know them here.
Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Going Down Swinging and others. It has also been shortlisted for the KYD Creative Non-Fiction Essay Prize and the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. She has been a CA-SRB Emerging Critic, an Emerging Writers’ Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, and Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. She has edited at Voiceworks, Liminal and The Lifted Brow, and currently sits as Managing Editor of Australian Poetry and The Victorian Writer.
Alex Hammond has over 20 years’ experience as a digital communication and marketing specialist. He is currently the Assistant Director of Digital Engagement at RMIT University, where he manages the university’s online experiences to support its strategic and recruitment objectives. He is the author of The Paris Collaborator (Echo, 2021), The Unbroken Line (Penguin, 2015) and Blood Witness (Penguin, 2013, shortlisted Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel).
Alice Robinson is the author of two novels, with two more forthcoming, all with Affirm Press. Her debut novel, Anchor Point (2015), was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards. The Glad Shout (2019) was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award and The Colin Roderick Literary Award and won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Alice earned a PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2012.
Acclaimed spoken word legend, published poet and cabaret star Amy Bodossian has been captivating audiences for over 15 years with the striking combination of whimsy, wit, irreverence and profound sensitivity that has made her one of Melbourne’s most beloved performers. She has appeared on Spicks and Specks, performed at major festivals across Australia, headlined almost all of Melbourne’s poetry events, been nominated for a Green Room Award and won the Melbourne Spoken Word Convenor’s Choice Award.
Andy Jackson was awarded the inaugural Writing the Future of Health Fellowship, and has been shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the John Bray Poetry Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry. Andy has co-edited disability-themed issues of Southerly and Australian Poetry Journal, and his latest poetry collection is Human Looking, which won the 2022 ALS Gold Medal and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry.
Anna Kate Blair
Anna Kate Blair is Program and Partnerships Manager at Writers Victoria. Her essays, short stories and poetry have appeared in publications including Cordite, Slow Canoe, Landfall, Antithesis, Meanjin and Litro. Her first novel, The Modern, will be published by Scribner in September 2023.
Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of Dark Mode, an internationally published psychological thriller. Her earlier books are How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name is Revenge, collected fiction and essays, which was a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. Ashley co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health, and teaches creative writing. Originally from Canada, she has lived and worked in South Korea, Peru and Mexico.
Brodie Lancaster is a critic and essayist from Melbourne. She has written about pop culture for publications including the New York Times, Vogue Australia, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Bon Appetit and the Saturday Paper. From 2013–17 she was the founding editor of the feminist film zine Filmme Fatales. She is the author of the memoir collection, No Way! Okay, Fine, and co-hosts the podcast See Also.
Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives and works in Melbourne. Her first novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book and the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Mateship with Birds, was also shortlisted for many awards and won the inaugural Stella Prize in 2013 and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Her new novel, Exploded View, was published in early 2019 and was shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award. Carrie has an MA in Creative Writing.
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. She is also the author of a travel memoir, Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight, Signs of Other Fires and The Taste of River Water, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2011. She lives on a secluded bend of the Broken River in north-east Victoria.
CB Mako is one of the founding members of the Disabled QBIPOC Collective along with Nayook, Gemma Mahadeo and Pauline Vetuna. Based in Naarm, cubbie is also a contributor to Resilience (Ultimo), Growing up Disabled in Australia (Black Inc) and Collisions: Fictions of the Future (Pantera Press). Winner of Writers Victoria’s Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers’ Competition, shortlisted in Overland’s Fair Australia Prize and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writers Awards, cubbie’s writings are in Mascara Literary Review, The Suburban Review, Peril Magazine, Kill Your Darlings and Archer.
Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Kill Your Darlings, Runway Journal, Gusher magazine, Hyperallergic, Overland and Catapult, amongst others. She is a book columnist at ABC Arts, an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin. Her debut essay collection, Peripathetic: Notes on (Un)belonging, is forthcoming with NewSouth Publishing in 2024.
Claire G. Coleman
Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose family have belonged to the south coast of Western Australia since long before history started being recorded. She writes fiction, essays, poetry and art criticism while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. During an extended circuit of the continent she wrote a novel, influenced by certain experiences gained on the road. She has since won a Black&Write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship for that novel, Terra Nullius. Terra Nullius was published in Australia by Hachette Australia and in North America by Small Beer Press. Claire’s second Novel, The Old Lie, was written in response to what she learned when traveling and was published in 2019 by Hachette Australia. Lies, Damned Lies, Claire’s first non-fiction book, unpacking the effects of the history of Australia’s colonisation, was released in 2021. Since mid-2020 Claire has been a member of the cultural advisory committee for Agency, a Not-for-profit Indigenous arts Consultancy (https://agencyprojects.org/).
Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian essayist and researcher whose writing explores class, capital, intergenerational trauma and diaspora. You can find her work in The Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Age and others. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. Eda’s debut essay collection Root & Branch: Essays on Inheritance (NewSouth Publishing) won the Non-Fiction Award in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor at large for the Melbourne City of Literature Office. Her nonfiction work has been widely published and includes essays on film, culture, and identity as well as interviews and feature articles. She was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction prize, has been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari prize three times, was shortlisted for the Liminal Fiction Prize and the Fair Australia Prize, was longlisted for the Peter Carey Short Story Award and her fiction has been published in multiple anthologies including New Australian Fiction 2020, Collisions, Best Australian Stories, Best Summer Stories and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. She is also a past Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.
Ellen van Neerven
Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Ellen has authored two poetry collections, Comfort Food and Throat, one work of fiction, Heat and Light, and a non-fiction title, Personal Score: Sport, Culture, Identity.
Ellie Marney is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning hybrid author of eleven YA thrillers – her titles include None Shall Sleep, The Killing Code and Every Breath. She successfully self-published an Every Breath-spinoff, No Limits, and her first indie series, Circus Hearts, made No. 1 in Amazon category bestseller lists and sells into bookstores and libraries.
Eloise Grills is a writer, artist and author of big beautiful female theory (Affirm Press, 2022), which was shortlisted for the 2023 Stella Prize. She loves supporting artists and writers to hone their craft and has done so through university tutoring, disability art facilitation, mentoring, online courses like her self-styled Finishing Up Club and Express Media’s Toolkits program. She is interested in creative work that plays in the boundaries of genres and forms, taking radical risks.
Erina Reddan has had fiction and non-fiction published. Her new literary crime novel, The Serpent’s Skin, came out in March 2021 and will soon be followed by Deep in the Forest. She’s been a television producer, commentator and foreign correspondent, for which she was awarded the prestigious Walkley Award. She has an MA in Writing from UTS and a PhD, on girl warriors in YA fiction, from La Trobe University, where she’s also taught writing.
Eugen Bacon is an African Australian author of novels, short stories and prose poetry. She’s a 2022 World Fantasy Award finalist, and was honoured in the 2022 Otherwise Fellowships for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’. Danged Black Thing received an Otherwise Award honour as a ‘sharp collection of Afro-Surrealist work’. Eugen has two novels, a novella and three anthologies (ed) coming out in 2023, including Serengotti, and Danged Black Thing (US).
Grace Chan is a speculative fiction writer and doctor. She has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and Norma K Hemming Awards, and for Viva la Novella. Her short fiction can be found in Clarkesworld, Going Down Swinging, Aurealis, and many other places. Her debut novel, Every Version of You, explores identity and transformation through virtual reality and mind-uploading (Affirm Press, 2022).
Graeme Simsion was a CEO and business consultant before deciding, at the age of fifty, to become a writer. His debut novel, The Rosie Project, was an ABIA Book of the Year and has sold over 3.5 million copies in forty languages. Two sequels, along with The Best of Adam Sharp and Two Steps Forward (written with partner Anne Buist), have also been international bestsellers and optioned for movies. His latest books are Two Steps Onward (with Anne) and Creative Differences.
Jaclyn Crupi is a freelance book editor, project manager, event host and bookseller. Jaclyn has worked in publishing and bookselling since 2002. Jaclyn has written numerous books for both children and adults. Her most recent book, Garden Like a Nonno, was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award and longlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award. Jaclyn’s work has appeared in The Guardian, SBS Voices, At Home, Audrey, Slow and Frankie.
Jeanie Watson is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Writers Victoria. She has worked in communications roles across the not-for-profit, arts, health and government sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Jeanie wants to use her marketing and communications skills to help writers connect with their readers and writing community.
Jeanine Leane belongs to the Wiradjuri peoples of the Murrumbidgee River. She is a poet, writer and teacher who currently has the privilege of living and working on the lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of Naarm.
Jennifer Nguyen is the author of poetry chapbook, When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon (Subbed In, 2019). Her work has been published in Overland, Cordite, Best of Australian Poems 2021 and City of Literature’s Poet Laureates of Melbourne series, among others. In 2019 she received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellowship for poetry. She is the Program Administrator for Competitions at Writers Victoria.
Jon Tjhia (Naarm/Melbourne) is an artist, writer and editor working through radio and podcast, literature, photomedia, music and publishing. Some of his recent work is published by Un Magazine, LIMINAL, the Powerhouse Museum and Pantera Press. He’s a member of the Manus Recording Project Collective and a co-founder of Paper Radio. As the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor, he co-founded and published the Australian Audio Guide as well as award-winning projects including the digital publication Notes and The Messenger, a podcast.
Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for several awards and led to Julie being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have been published widely, including in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She has written radio plays for ABC Radio National and the libretto for Chop Chef. She has also judged twelve literary prizes, including the 2018 Stella Prize and the 2022 USQ Steele Rudd Award. Julie is the current Prose Editor for Westerly.
Being a proud Wotjobaluk woman from the Wimmera, Kat gradually developed her craft by combining her skills and knowledge in community engagement, mentoring, music, the arts, screen, and education. Her grassroots, transparent vitality and forthright approach enable her to work and consult with various government, mainstream, community, arts, and film organisations. Currently she is involved in many community, youth, film and arts projects, and is collating her first poetry book, which she aims to publish in the coming year.
Kate Cuthbert has worked with writers for almost 20 years, in several different capacities. A genre fiction advocate, she notably launched the Escape imprint for Harlequin Australia, and remains a proud popular fiction enthusiast. Kate is currently Editorial Director at Pantera Press, and is pursuing a PhD examining paratexts in Australian popular fiction.
Kelly Gardiner’s latest series is The Firewatcher Chronicles. Her other books include 1917: Australia’s Great War; Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Goddess, a novel based on the life of the sword-fighting opera star, Mademoiselle de Maupin, which is being adapted for the screen. She has appeared at countless writing events and festivals, hosted podcasts and chaired author panels at festivals for many years.
Koraly Dimitriadis is a poet, writer, performer and the author of Just Give Me The Pills and Love and F-k Poems, which was also translated into Greek and a bestseller for the Australian poetry genre. Koraly’s theatre show ‘I say the wrong things all the time’ premiered at La Mama, and her poetry films have been screened and televised, including on SBS. She was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature residency for her debut fiction manuscript. Her opinion articles and personal essays have been published widely, including internationally in The Washington Post and The Today Show.
Laurel Cohn is passionate about communication and the power of words to engage, inspire and challenge. Since the late 1980s Laurel has been helping writers of all types prepare their work for publication as an assessor, editor, mentor and teacher. Laurel is a regular workshop presenter for peak writing organisations in Australia, and also teaches in Europe. She has a PhD in literary and cultural studies.
Dr Lee Kofman is the author of six books, including the writing book The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura, 2022), Imperfect (Affirm Press, 2019), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (MUP, 2014); editor of Split (Ventura, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura, 2016). Her short works have been widely published and her writing blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014.
Lili Wilkinson is the author of sixteen books, including Green Valentine, The Boundless Sublime and After the Lights Go Out. She established the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Lili has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, and now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers. Her latest books are The Erasure Initiative and How To Make A Pet Monster: Hodgepodge.
Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet living and working on sovereign Gadigal Country. Their writing has been awarded Second Prize in Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a place on the shortlist for the 2020 Blake Prize, 2021 Val Vallis Awards, 2022 LIMINAL Non-Fiction Prize and 2022 Kat Muscat Fellowship along with an Academy of American Poets University Prize from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. They are the Australian Poetry/ NAHR Eco-Poetry Fellow for 2023.
Luke Horton’s writing has appeared in various publications, and his debut novel, The Fogging, was highly commended for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Published by Scribe Publications, The Fogging was included in the Guardian’s ‘Twenty best Australian books of 2020’. The former editor of The Lifted Brow Review of Books, he currently teaches creative writing at RMIT, and is working on a second novel, due in 2024.
Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She is the author of Naag Mountain (Giramondo 2023). Manisha is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre.
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is the ABIA and Indie award-winning author of the short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the memoir The Hate Race, and the poetry collections Carrying the World, How Decent Folk Behave and It’s the Sound of the Thing: 100 new poems for young people. Her books for young children include The Patchwork Bike, Fashionista, Wide Big World, We Know a Place, Meet Taj at the Lighthouse and When We Say Black Lives Matter. She is currently the Peter Steele Poet in Residence at the University of Melbourne.
Michael Earp is a non-binary writer living in Naarm, editor of the anthologies Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and Everything Under The Moon: Fairy tales in a queerer light (October 2023). With a teaching degree and a Masters in children’s literature, they have worked between bookselling and publishing for twenty years and were named ABA Bookseller of the Year in 2021. Their writing has appeared in Archer, The Age, PopMatters, The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.
Mirandi Riwoe is the author of The Burnished Sun, a collection of short stories and novellas. Her novel Stone Sky Gold Mountain won the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and the ARA Historical Novel Prize and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her most recent novel is Sunbirds. Mirandi has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (QUT).
Nicole Hayes is an award-winning YA author and podcaster. Her novel, One True Thing, won the Children’s Peace Literature Award, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award. A Shadow’s Breath was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Award and is a CBCA Notable. The Whole of My World, a YA #MeToo story set in the world of AFL, was longlisted for the Gold Inky. She is currently pursuing a creative writing PhD in YA fiction at Deakin University, where she also teaches.
Noè Harsel has worked for over 15 years in the arts and culture space, currently managing the marketing, communications and development at the Jewish Museum of Australia. She was Co-Director of Melbourne Jewish Book Week and has lectured in Australian history and cultural studies at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. Having published a number of articles and short stories, she is now working on her first fiction manuscript. Noè co-hosts Sless to Harsel, an irreverent two-minute, twice-weekly show about writing.
Rashida Murphy lives and works on the lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. She is a novelist, poet, essayist and short story/ flash fiction writer. Her work is widely published in award-winning journals and anthologies. She has been shortlisted in the Dundee International Book Prize, the Carmel Bird Digital Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
Sam Ryan is the director and founder of S.A.Y.S.O. (Sorting All Your S** Out), and she does, indeed, sort a lot of it. Sam is an arts-based BAS agent and bookkeeper. She has spent nearly three decades organising other people’s lives and developing a keen appreciation for well-balanced finances. Sam really, REALLY, likes talking about money. Really.
Sam van Zweden
Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer interested in memory, food, mental health and the body. Her writing has been published by the Saturday Paper, the Guardian, ABC Life, Meanjin, The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, the Sydney Review of Books, The Wheeler Centre and others. Her debut book, Eating with my Mouth Open, won the 2019 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award, and is available now.
Sara M. Saleh
Sara M. Saleh is a poet, writer, human rights lawyer and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, living on Bidjigal land. Her poems have been published widely and she is the only poet to win both the Peter Porter and Judith Wright poetry prizes. Her debut novel Songs for the Dead and the Living and poetry collection The Flirtation of Girls are out in 2023.
Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based writer and essayist. Her debut essay collection, Echoes (Somekind Press, 2020), jointly won the 2021 Small Press Network Book of the Year Award. She is interested in image, longing, and the blurry boundaries between private and public. Shu-Ling’s writing has appeared in Peril Magazine, Meanjin, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 4A Papers and elsewhere. She tweets @hellopollyanna and is working on a full-length essay collection manuscript.
Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 30 years. She has been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Sian teaches non-fiction at RMIT and runs online courses in creative non-fiction. She has published two memoirs: Shy: A Memoir (2014) and Childless: A Story of Freedom and Longing (2022).
Sneha Lees recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Creative Business (21st Century Screen Production) from The Compton School, University of Canberra. Her book, Good Indian Daughter, was published by Affirm Press in May 2021, under the pseudonym Ruhi Lee. In 2021, Sneha began studying acting at The National Theatre, Melbourne and is continuing her training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In 2022, she was commissioned by South Asian Today to direct and produce her first short documentary. She is currently working on a new novel and a screenplay.
Sophia Cai is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne and Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice.
Tait Ischia is a copywriter, content strategist and content experience designer. When he started out, he wrote radio, print and TV ads. Now he plans, writes and manages large website projects for big organisations with complex needs. He’s worked for gigantic multinationals, small businesses, arts organisations, ad agencies, start-ups and the government. He’s also aware that most biographies tell you little about a person; this one is no exception.
- Adalya Nash Hussein
- Alex Hammond
- Alice Robinson
- Amy Bodossian
- Andy Jackson
- Anna Kate Blair
- Ashley Kalagian Blunt
- Brodie Lancaster
- Carrie Tiffany
- Cate Kennedy
- CB Mako
- Cher Tan
- Claire G. Coleman
- Eda Gunaydin
- Elizabeth Flux
- Ellen van Neerven
- Ellie Marney
- Eloise Grills
- Erina Reddan
- Eugen Bacon
- Grace Chan
- Graeme Simsion
- Jaclyn Crupi
- Jeanie Watson
- Jeanine Leane
- Jennifer Nguyen
- Jon Tjhia
- Julie Koh
- Kat Clarke
- Kate Cuthbert
- Kelly Gardiner
- Koraly Dimitriadis
- Laurel Cohn
- Lee Kofman
- Lili Wilkinson
- Lou Garcia-Dolnik
- Luke Horton
- Manisha Anjali
- Maxine Beneba Clarke
- Michael Earp
- Mirandi Riwoe
- Nicole Hayes
- Noè Harsel
- Rashida Murphy
- Sam Ryan
- Sam van Zweden
- Sara M. Saleh
- Shu-Ling Chua
- Sian Prior
- Sneha Lees
- Sophia Cai
- Tait Ischia