Conan Elphicke

ConanConan is a former freelance journalist and travel writer whose work has appeared in most major newspapers and magazines in Australia, and several overseas.

His fiction has appeared in the University of New England magazine Social Alternatives and his appalling short play, Australian Faust, was produced at the Newtown Theatre, Sydney, in 2007.

Still, you can tell he’s a proper writer from this photo taken in the Noel Coward Suite at the Raffles Hotel, Singapore. You could do worse than follow him on Twitter @ConanElphicke. Much worse.

Elise Janes

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Elise has tried to play by the rules. It didn’t take so now she writes. With a background in music she has performed as a contemporary singer, classical violinist and chamber chorister, and worked behind the scenes as a writer, director, conductor and teacher. Elise won a place in the ACT Writer’s HARDCOPY program with her novel Vision, an adult dystopian thriller. Now completing the Vision trilogy she balances writing with forays into film, fashion, theatre and music. Elise is an ardent fan of rampant creativity, bright colours, and long discussions over red wine.

View her posts here.

Website  Instagram @elisejanes  Twitter @elise_janes

Current inspirations:  An Infinity of Lists – Umberto Eco, On Writing – Stephen King, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson, Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel, At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien.

Sean Macgillicuddy

Sean MacgillicuddySean lives in rural New South Wales with his family and other animals. His current novel, The Deep Shallow, was shortlisted for the Varuna Publishing Fellowship and accepted into the Hardcopy Manuscript Development Program in 2014.





Ashlee Poeppmann

Ashlee Poeppmann is a Brisbane-based writer and a fresh Creative Industries graduate from The Queensland University of Technology. Her short fiction has appeared in Literary Salons in Queensland, and has poured some of her imagination into creative performances in The Woodford Folk Festival. She enjoys writing about culture, the city and existential crises.



Carmel Purcell

Carmel PurcellCarmel Purcell is a realist short story and feature writer. She lives in Brisbane, Queensland and studies Entertainment Industries and Creative & Professional Writing at Queensland University of Technology. Carmel is a third year student and bakery assistant with a lust for travelling the world. She hopes to become a successful female travel writer. In July, she will begin work on a novella, which will be based on experiences travelling in Mumbai, India. The purpose of her trip to Mumbai is to experience Bollywood first hand and see what she can learn from top Bollywood industry professionals and their culture.

Ken Ward

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A writer. Fiction and music, mostly. A guitarist. Hidden inside music are these beautiful patterns that manifest as triumphant noise. A one-time band manager – eight and a half, the dream still burns in my heart for you. A gig promoter. I’m always looking for something Neu. My second novel, Born Under Punches, got me into 2014’s ACT Writers HARDCOPY professional development program. Tweets as @jofixi – my views are my own, unless I retweet. Does that count?

There are books I never stop reading, that are on a constant loop in my head: American Tabloid – James Ellroy, Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco, The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch, Room – Emma Donoghue, Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk, The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers, High Fidelity – Nick Hornby, Libra – Don DeLillo, Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis, Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh, and, The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff.

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