About South Coast Writers Centre

We provide professional development, information and networks for writers and readers on the South Coast and Southern Highlands of NSW.

The South Coast Writers Centre supports the creation and enjoyment of Australian literature through the provision of creative and professional development, as well as audience growth, for writers and readers of the New South Wales South Coast.

The Centre aims to promote regional writers and writing in Australia while fostering creative and professional development for South Coast writers. The development of existing and new audiences for writers and writing is strongly supported, and the distinct literary cultures of the South Coast are valued and sustained. The Centre always strives for the inclusion of South Coast writers in Australian literary culture, and ultimately endeavors to maintain social inclusion, access, equity and the participation of members in all aspects of the Centre.

The Centre’s premises are located in the University of Wollongong. The South Coast Writers Centre is a membership-based, incorporated not-for-profit organisation supported by Arts NSW, Wollongong City Council, Wollongong Art Gallery and the University of Wollongong. It is part of Litlink, a statewide network of writers’ centres.

Mission statement:

  • Promoting regional writers and writing in Australia
  • Fostering creative and professional development for South Coast writers
  • Developing existing and new audiences for writers and writing
  • Valuing the distinct literary cultures of the South Coast and the inclusion of South Coast writers in Australian literary culture
  • Maintaining social inclusion, access, equity and the participation of the membership in all aspects of the Centre
  • Locate Australian writing within the Asia-Pacific context

​Aboriginal Consultation Team

  • Aunty Barbara Nicholson (Chair)
  • Judi Morison (Secretary)
  • Kellee Evans
  • Jo Buckskin
  • Sharon Twyford
  • Jim Everett
  • Bruce Pascoe
  • Mindal Rolet
  • Garry Jones

Committee of Management

  • Chair: Lynne Cook
  • Vice Chair: Aunty Barbara Nicholson
  • Secretary: Judi Morison
  • Treasurer: Ron Pretty
  • Sarah Nicholson
  • Chloe Higgins
  • Treva Taylor
  • Garry McDougall
  • Helena Fox-Dunan

Staff

Director: Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis
Office Manager: Sandy Fussell
Indigenous Project Coordinator: Aunty Barabra Nicholson (Casual)
Website Management: Ashleigh Kelman (Casual)
Media and Marketing: Adara Enthaler (Casual)

Interns

Events, Editing and Social Media: Susannah Harris
Graphic Design and PR: Isabel Moon
Blog Editor/Fundraising Assistant: Martin Veres
Intern: Amanda Craig
Intern: Nicolas Ozolins
Intern: Mary Stanley
Intern: Lachlan MacPherson
Intern: Jemima Pascoe

Volunteers

Southern Highlands Volunteer: Penny Bell