For the last twenty years, the ACT Writers Centre has been developing writers and their work, focusing on craft and professional practice over a creative lifetime. As the leading organisation of writing-based culture in the ACT, the Centre continues to build an innovative, vibrant and sustainable sector by providing opportunities for writers and developing beneficial collaborations.

Who we are

Staff

Centre Director: Paul Bissett

Paul is the Director of the ACT Writers Centre, responsible for Centre and staff management, and stakeholder liaison. Paul is an experienced arts administrator having led numerous arts organisations, including the Woden Valley Youth Choir. Paul is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker who loves to write stories about time travel and warped realities. He is currently the Co-Artistic Director of The Australian Voice Collective, and is also an assessor for the Stowe Story Labs in Vermont USA. His TV comedy pilot, Above the Angelic, won the Page International Screenwriting Awards. His first feature film, In Search of an Ending, is going into production this year. Paul is an avid advocator for writers and their craft, with admiration for the way people use words to invoke emotional responses.


Programs & Strategic Manager: Meg Wilson

Meg is currently Programs and Strategic Manager for the ACT Writers Centre, responsible for coordinating the Centre’s rich program of workshops and events. Meg is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canberra where she majors in creative writing and advertising. Meg is also a talented and budding writer who aspires to shape and develop our creative community. She is passionate about making it easier for local writers, artists and creators to hone their craft and build the career of their dreams.


Communications Manager: Claire Delahunty

Claire Delahunty is the Communications Manager for the ACT Writers Centre, coordinating content and publication development, along with social media and marketing. She is a writer, and consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours and wrote her thesis on the future of newspapers in rural Australia. She has worked as a print and online journalist, including for Business Spectator, Stock and Land, and The Katherine Times in the Northern Territory. She is a communications and content specialist with significant experience working with not-for-profit organisations. Claire has received awards for her poetry, and short-fiction, and has immense respect and empathy for anyone who is on ‘the writers journey’–especially those still feeling their way.


Communications Manager (Acting): Katy Mutton

Katy Mutton is the Acting Communications Manager for the ACT Writers Centre. Katy has extensive experience working in programs and communications across the not-for-profit sector with a focus on the arts. She is also a dedicated visual arts practitioner with a BA in Visual Arts from the ANU (2010) and a BA in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra (2002). Over the last five years Katy has worked with Canberra based spoken word poet CJ Bowerbird exploring creative responses to her research project exploring the Australian Soldier Settlement scheme. Katy was most recently Communications Manager for Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and was Publication Coordinator for Art Monthly Australia Magazine.


Project Officer & Coordinator, HARDCOPY: Nigel Featherstone

Nigel Featherstone is the dynamic Project Officer at the ACT Writers Centre, delivering the national HARDCOPY program since 2014. He also initiated and delivers the ACT Writer-in-Residence and Between the Lines reading-for-writers programs. He is an author and arts worker. He recently released his novel Bodies of Men published by Hachette Australia (2019) and is the author of Remnants, a critically acclaimed novel published by Pandanus Books (2005). Nigel has also written an award-winning series of three novellas published by Blemish Books (2011, 2012, 2014), and 50 short stories published in Australian literary journals. He has been awarded residencies at Varuna and Bundanon, and in 2013 he was a Creative Fellow at ADFA/UNSW Canberra. In 2015 the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium commissioned Nigel to write the libretti for a 12-song cycle with the score being composed by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium. As an arts worker, Nigel has considerable experience with the delivery of arts projects and arts funding.



Administrative Officer: Jerzy Beaumont

Jerzy ‘Brojay’ Beaumont is the administrative officer at the ACT Writers Centre (and was acting Programs Manager from May – July 2019). His role includes coordinating memberships and running the Centre’s ‘marketplace’ of writing services. Jerzy is a poet and writer and is currently studying a Bachelor of Writing at the University of Canberra. Jerzy co-MCs That Poetry Thing at Smith’s Alternative and represented the ACT at the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam finals. A spoken word poet, he has performed his work on a local, interstate, and international level, been published in various journals including the Australian Poetry Journal and is only getting started. Jerzy has proved to be a tireless devotee to supporting the writing community, and loves nothing more than connecting creatives to the audiences who need to receive their craft.







ACT Writers Centre Policy Documents & Annual Report

2018 ACTWC Annual Report

Paid writer policy



Our sponsors

The ACT Writers Centre could not offer the level of service it does without help from our supporters and sponsors.

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