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
  • Locating Australian writing within the Asia-Pacific context

​Aboriginal Consultation Team

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

Committee of Management

  • Chair: Helena Fox
  • Vice Chair: Aunty Barbara Nicholson
  • Secretary: Yvette Gilfillan
  • Treasurer: Ron Pretty
  • Judi Morison
  • Lynne Cook
  • Sarah Nicholson
  • Treva Taylor

Staff

Director: Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis
Office Manager: Sandy Fussell
Indigenous Project Coordinator: Jemima Pascoe
Media and Marketing: Adara Enthaler (Casual)

Interns

Events, Editing and Social Media: Yvette Gilfillan, Mary Stanley
Graphic Design and PR: Clem Velasco
Blog Editor/Fundraising Assistant: Yvette Gilfillan
Interviews/Social Media: Yvette Gilfillan, Jemima Pascoe, Lachlan MacPherson, Mary Stanley
Grant Writing, Policy and Events: Lachlan MacPherson, Mary Stanley, Leon Vasilakis
E-news: Jemima Pascoe
Indigenous Literary Program: Lachlan MacPherson, Jemima Pascoe
Fundraising/Film: Jemima Pascoe
COASTLINES Magazine editor: Yvette Gilfillan

Volunteers

Southern Highlands Volunteer: Penny Bell