Writers SA announces Laura Kroetsch as new CEO

Today we are very pleased to announce Laura Kroetsch as the organisation’s next CEO!

“On behalf of the Writers SA Board, I heartily welcome this wonderful woman back to the world of writing,” Chair of the Writers SA board, Tanya Wilkins, said. “I look forward to working closely with Laura as she brings her big vision to the organisation. I won’t give any spoilers, but we have exciting times ahead.

“Laura is well read, has great networks, and is highly regarded. Writers SA members and the wider literary community will benefit from all of these as she looks to continue supporting writing craft and building the profile of writers across South Australia and beyond”.

Laura Kroetsch’s appointment follows the departure of Jessica Alice earlier this month, and Tanya says will continue her impressive legacy into a new chapter for the organisation.

Writers SA’s new CEO, Laura Kroetsch. Image: supplied

Laura Kroetsch is a longtime curator and producer of literary and ideas events. She initially came to Adelaide as the Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week, and went on to co-design and deliver Dark and Dangerous Thoughts (DDT) that ran as part of Dark Mofo in Hobart, Tasmania. She was the producer and co-creator of In Other Words at OzAsia.

She has served as a peer assessor for both Arts SA and what was then the Australia Council for the Arts. She has judged literary prizes, been a longtime book reviewer and has interviewed many writers on-stage and off.

“I am delighted to say that what I bring to Writers SA and its members are many years of work in this industry in various roles all designed to support writers,” said Laura.

“I bring experience, passion, commitment and lots of knowledge. I bring a lifetime of listening, problem-solving, tea making (and wine pouring) and care. I am a thoughtful reader who has made a career supporting writing and writers and readers. What I hope to bring is a connection between writers and readers and to help encourage more – writing and reading.”

Laura’s first day at Writers SA is 21 February 2024. This follows the recent news that Writers SA is launching a new national literary journal, and is currently hiring an editor, to be based in South Australia.

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