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 an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker who loves to write stories about time travel and warped realities. 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 in 2019. Paul is an avid advocator for writers and their craft, with admiration for the way people use words to invoke emotional responses. Paul is an experienced arts administrator having led numerous arts organisations, including the Woden Valley Youth Choir. 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. At the ACT Writers Centre, Paul is responsible for Centre and staff management, and stakeholder liaison.


Programs & Strategic Manager: Meg Wilson

Meg Wilson is a passionate young creative.  A talented and budding writer, Meg loves a good chat and is keen to play a role in Canberra’s rich and vibrant arts scene.  Her first customer service role was in a bookstore where she took great pride in matching books and people. She graduated high school in the top 10% of her class and is studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Canberra where she majors in creative writing and advertising.  Meg aspires to shape and be part of a creative community that makes it easier for local writers, artists and creators to hone their craft and build the careers of their dreams.  In her spare time Meg snuggles with her dogs, Mooi and Maisy, enjoys tea and hangs out with the people she loves.


Communications Manager: Claire Delahunty

Claire Delahunty is the Communications Manager for the ACT Writers Centre, and an extremely devoted fan of country music. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism with Honours, and wrote her thesis on the future of newspapers in rural Australian communities. She was a business and agricultural journalist, and now she’s a communications specialist and advocate for the work of not-for-profit organisations. Claire holds awards for poetry and short-fiction, and has immense respect and empathy for everyone who is on ‘the writers’ journey’–especially those still feeling their way. Apart from country music, she loves other cutting-edge cultural trends like Elvis and Cary Grant. She also adores her two Jack Russell Terriers, Max and Minnie.


Project Officer: Nigel Featherstone

Nigel Featherstone is an author and arts worker. He is the author of Remnants, a critically acclaimed novel published by Pandanus Books (2005), an award-winning series of three novellas published by Blemish Books (2011, 2012, 2014), and 50 short stories published in Australian literary journals such as the Review of Australian Fiction, Meanjin, Island, and Overland. 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. For the ACT Writers Centre, he has delivered the national HARDCOPY program since 2014, and initiated and delivers the ACT Writer-in-Residence and Between the Lines reading-for-writers programs.

Office Administrator: Jerzy Beaumont

Jerzy ‘Brojay’ Beaumont is a poet, writer, and versatile member of the ACT Writers Centre team. Currently studying a Bachelor of Writing at the University of Canberra, he 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. When not fine-tuning his own work, Jerzy is devoted to supporting this community, and loves nothing more than connecting creatives to the audiences who need to receive their craft.

Patron

Marion Halligan, AM

Board

Chair: David Vernon
Deputy Chair: Jennefer Nicholson
Secretary/Public Officer: Ellen Broad
General: Bernadette Ponte, ABra Pressler, Heather Wallace

ACT Writers Centre Policy Documents

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.

We would like to thank: