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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Kate Cuthbert

Program Manager
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Kate Cuthbert is a recent escapee from trade publishing, where she worked for more than a decade, notably initiating the Escape Publishing imprint of Harlequin Australia, and serving as its Managing Editor for almost seven years. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and critic, and is currently pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction. She can be found in the Writers Victoria offices on every weekday but Wednesday. 

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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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Leah McIntosh

Digital Communications Officer

Leah is a writer from Melbourne; she has just completed her Masters in English at University College London. She founded and edits Liminal Magazine, a space for the exploration of the Asian-Australian experience. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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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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Jax Jacki Brown

Publishability Project Officer

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTI rights activist, writer and educator. She writes a lot of earnest pieces on social change and dabbles in spoken word where she explores the raunchy and ridiculous. Jax is passionate about the capacity of #ownvoices writing to promote pride, resilience and connection for people with disabilities. Jax is in the office Mondays.

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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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Frances Terrett

Membership and Program Officer

Frances has been writing since she was a child. She started off with pieces of paper, stacked and folded, then tied with string around the middle, for writing stories. Along the way she has taken some detours through IT project planning and retail buying (who wouldn’t love purchasing truckloads of Lego every week). So she loves a good spreadsheet as much as she loves a good story.

Frances is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Emma Mackenzie

Membership Officer

Anja Goedhart

Development Officer

Anja is an emerging writer and event professional in Melbourne. She is passionate about promoting the arts and founded an e-magazine for Australian homeschoolers in 2014, which she ran and edited until 2016. She has a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Diploma of Event Management. She can be found in the Writers Victoria office on Wednesdays.

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