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 (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.
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 is a freelance writer based by the beach in Adelaide, with a diverse background in digital, media, and publishing.
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 currently 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.