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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Staff

Jessica Alice

Director

Jessica comes to Writers SA with significant leadership and senior management experience, extensive networks, and a strong background in literature, publishing and the arts.

Jessica was previously Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival. She directed the National Young Writers Festival, and was part of the executive leadership team of Regional Arts Victoria. She is Deputy Chair of Melbourne Festival’s Shadow Board, a Board Member of SYN Media, and Chair of the Kat Muscat Fellowship.

Jessica is widely published as a writer, with works in publications as diverse as The Guardian Australia, VICE, Overland and Cordite Poetry Review. As a broadcaster, Jessica has presented and produced radio programs with 3CR Melbourne, Triple R and Radio Adelaide.

“I am thrilled to be joining Writers SA,” said Jessica. “Writers SA’s members are the life force of the literary arts and, indeed, South Australia is home to some of Australia’s best-loved writers. It is a privilege to lead one of the state’s greatest creative organisations to support writers and promote literature’s place in Australia’s cultural landscape.”

Bronwyn Tilley

Program Coordinator

Bronwyn Tilley (writing as Bronwyn Stuart) is a multi-published award-winning author of both contemporary and historical romantic fiction. Her latest novel She’s The One is based on the television show, The Bachelor, and reveals her love of all things ridiculously OTT. Her regency novel, The Road to Ruin, was printed in a duo with a Stephanie Laurens story ticking an exciting box on her writing bucket list.

Bronwyn is a skilled public speaker and MC. She appeared at the Clare Writers Festival and on several publishing panels around the country. From 2016 to 2018 Bronwyn programmed and managed conferences for Romance Writers of Australia as well as sitting on the committee for the not-for-profit for two of those years. Her non-writing jobs have included: retail manager, office manager, call centre worker, checkout chick and other not-so exciting positions.

Bronwyn and her collection of shoes reside in the Adelaide hills along with her husband, kids, dogs, cat and lovebirds, where she writes romantic stories from her renovated caravan office.

Lynda de Koning

General Manager

Lynda’s career in the arts has spanned nearly twenty years, fulfilling pivotal roles with organisations including Patch Theatre Company, the OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre and Riverland Youth Theatre, among others. She has extensive experience in company and operations management, and developing the systems and resources to deliver organisations’ artistic vision. Lynda brings significant networks and not-for-profit sector management experience to Writers SA.

Zachary Brandon-Smith

Membership and Administration Coordinator

Zachary writes fantasy and speculative fiction short stories, and an avid reader of genre fiction, historical non-fiction and classical literature. He passionately supports Writers SA to present workshops, facilitate specialised writing services, and provide advice and support to our members.

Lana Guineay

Marketing Coordinator

Lana is a freelance writer based by the beach in Adelaide, with a diverse background in digital, media, and publishing. Her writing has been published in Junkee, The Cusp, Yen magazine, Oyster magazine online, Brand SA, Sydney Writers’ Festival, MOD. and more. She co-writes a Tinyletter on two of the best things in life – books and beaches – and recently edited an anthology of short fiction by young South Australian writers. Lana has also worked as an editor in the fashion world, including as Senior Editor at ASOS Australia. After living in Melbourne, Sydney, and London Lana is back in her hometown freelancing, soaking up the sunshine, and working on her first novel, a surf noir mystery. Lana is passionate about supporting, promoting, and getting to know South Aussie writers at Writers SA.