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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Staff

Jessica Alice

Director

Jessica Alice is a poet, critic, broadcaster and artistic director/CEO living on Kaurna land in Adelaide.

Jessica is the Director of Writers SA, and is undertaking a Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Jessica is an Executive Committee Member of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia (AICSA), and a custodial committee member of the Kat Muscat Fellowship—a mentorship prize for young writers and editors.

She was formerly Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival and Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival. She has served on boards including SYN Media and Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Jessica’s writing and criticism is published in The Guardian Australia, Metro Magazine, Overland, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, and the anthology Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word (University of Queensland Press).

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.

Melanie Pryor

Membership and Administration Coordinator

Melanie Pryor is a literary nonfiction writer with a background in administration and media. Her work has been published in Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, and Lip, and on wine bottles as part of the Overland Story Wine Prize. In 2017 she received the inaugural highly commended award in the AAWP Chapter One Prize.

Melanie holds a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University. She writes about the relationship between place and the body, wild landscapes, and women’s stories of being in them. Throughout 2018-2019 Melanie spent time in the US as a writer-in-residence at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods in California and at the Vermont Studio Center, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights in Boston, Massachusetts, before she joined Writers SA.

Melanie co-founded The Hearth: A Night of Readings in Adelaide, and has volunteered for community arts programs and international women’s rights organisations. She is deeply committed to the writing communities in South Australia and to Writers SA as an organisation that nurtures, connects, and promotes them.

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 surf noir mystery ‘Dark Wave’ was recently shortlisted for the 2020 Viva La Novella awards. Her non-fiction has been published widely, and her award-winning fiction has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Anthology of Australasian Stories, and was a daily winner of the 2019 Swinburne Microfiction award. She edited Wake, an anthology of poetry and short stories.

Lana graduated from the University of South Australia with a degree in Creative Writing, and followed a career as a fashion editor for global brands before returning to her hometown, where she works as a freelance writer and editor. She also co-writes a Tinyletter on two of the best things in life – books and beaches.

Lana is passionate about supporting, promoting, and getting to know South Aussie writers at Writers SA.

Vern Schulz

Finance Officer

Vern has a diverse background and broad experience in all facets of office and finance management. Starting out in the graphic arts industry as a photo retoucher and desktop publisher, he then transitioned to working in a business doing website design and publication, in the role of Director and Office Manager. Following that, he moved to the Pink Sofa, a lesbian dating website, as Office Manager, doing payroll, accounts and selling online advertising. After 4 years working in that interesting and diverse role, he moved to one of Adelaide’s leading law firms as a Legal Administrator, and then Payroll Administrator.

Out of work hours, Vern has subcontracted his time to one of Adelaide Hills’ favourite pizza and wine bars, Lost In A Forest, doing HR, Finance and Payroll. An avid (and competitive) sailor and certified RYA Keelboat Instructor, you will often find him off sailing locally, interstate and overseas whenever possible.

With a keen interest in the arts, Vern is pleased to be working with Writers SA and brings a broad range of skills to the organisation.