Helen Scheuerer

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Founding Editor

Helen Scheuerer is the Founding Editor of Writer's Edit and a creative writer/novelist from Sydney. After studying creative writing at the University of Wollongong, Helen worked as a professional copywriter and editor for some of Australia's biggest e-commerce start-ups. She has also completed a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney with Distinction.

With work published in the UK as well as Australia, Helen freelances for a number of websites (reviewing books and sharing writing advice) and helping authors with their manuscripts while she works on her own fiction and manages Writer's Edit. Her debut novel is due for release in 2017. She chronicles her writing process and work over at HelenScheuerer.com.

Kyra Thomsen

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Deputy Editor

Kyra is a creative writer, editor, and reader. She is Deputy Editor of Writer's Edit, and also the Poetry Editor of the Kindling anthologies. She loves similes and metaphors, and her greatest joy when writing and reading comes from finding likenesses in the most unlikely of things.

Kyra studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Wollongong, was the 2012 winner of the Questions Writing Prize, and has been published in Seizure, Mascara Review, Space Place & Culture, Tide & Kindling. When she's not curled up with a book, Kyra can be found watching cheesy shows on Netflix, dreaming up new stories, or colouring in. She blogs at kyrathomsen.com and can be found on Twitter with @KyraThomsen

Dave Hickman

Head of Tech

Originally from Birmingham in the UK; Dave has spent the last five years in Sydney working for a high-traffic internet company. With experience in Operations, Internet Marketing and Programming, Dave was the perfect fit for Head of Tech at Writer's Edit.

Specialising in SEO and WordPress, Dave loves problem-solving and 're-thinking the wheel' when it comes to online strategies and communication. An avid Aston Villa supporter, and a sucker for a decent game of table tennis, Dave is also a big reader of non-fiction. He tweets marketing and blogging advice over at @hickman120

Claire Bradshaw

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Editor

Claire Bradshaw is an editor and writer from Newcastle, NSW. After graduating with distinction from a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Writing, she completed a Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing to pursue her dream of becoming an editor.

You’ll find Claire constantly devouring books and magazines and occasionally writing at her blog, Paperback Bird. She spends the rest of her time drinking tea and making, eating or thinking about food at any given moment.

Bernadette Mung

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Editorial Assistant

Bernadette Mung is an emerging writer in Sydney. She spends her days working as an Editorial Assistant and a Community Manager. This year she completes her Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) at the University of Technology, Sydney. She firmly believes the best days begin with a cup of tea.

Since first reading Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree as a child, Bernadette has fallen all the more in love with the art of storytelling. Most days will find her reading and writing short fiction, though future plans involve several novels and a flourishing blog. You can find a blend of writing, photography and lifestyle over on her blog, The Write Fuel.

Dan Murphy

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Writer

Daniel Murphy is the author of three self-published books. His creative non-fiction piece 'Joining a Writer's Group' appeared in Writer's Edit's second volume of Kindling and he has a number of published short stories on ABC Open, one of which was produced for ABC Radio.

Daniel grew up in southern Adelaide, surrounded by books and reading. After finishing secondary school, he spent the majority of his spare time working on his writing in the midst of his tertiary studies, a four year degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. He is fascinated by the nature of storytelling and loves to read a book or watch a movie with a crafty plot. He loves soccer, running and road trips. You can follow his writing journey here.

Kristin Prescott

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Writer

Kristin Prescott’s career has taken her from broadcast journalist to mum and award-winning children's author. She is the editor for the Society of Women Writers NSW e-newsletter and quarterly magazine. Kristin has also written for New Woman Magazine, the Seven Network, Sky News Australia and Australia’s number one breakfast television show, Sunrise.

Scribbles in the Dark, the children’s book she co-authored with the WABIAD NBWG team, won Best Book in the 2013 Write a Book in a Day, National Open category, and her essay 'Through the Eyes of a Child' was published in the international literary journal 'When Women Waken'. Her short story 'Chairs and a Lake' was shortlisted for The Pittwater Award 2012. Kristin is currently writing a children’s fantasy novel and a creative non-fiction book for children. You can follow Kristin's writing journey via her website, here.

Natalie Ong Lih Tyng

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Writer

Tyng is currently completing an undergraduate in Media Studies (Journalism and Communications major) at the University of New South Wales. For this Malaysian-born writer, reading and writing has always been a part of her life as she grew up in a home filled with Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl classics. Presently, when she's not chasing stories as university assignments, she enjoys picking out books with odd titles on Amazon and writing about them.

Besides dreaming of opening a bookshop-bakery in her hometown, she hopes to be able to use writing as a medium to inspire, encourage and give voice to those who are less fortunate in the long run.

Alyssa Boorman

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Writer

Alyssa is an emerging writer from the Blue Mountains, NSW. She has dreamed of becoming an author from the time she could read, and spent much of her childhood stapling together her own little picture books.

She has recently finished a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at the University of Western Sydney, where she studied English Text and Writing. Due to graduate later this year, Alyssa is now in the early stages of drafting out her first novel, and hopes to make her name in the writing industry. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys curling up with a cup of tea, a good book, or an intelligent TV show. You can find a sample of Alyssa's poetry here.

Jared Catchpoole

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Writer

Jared is currently completing a Bachelor of Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne. In the past he has done a short course in creative writing and is hoping to steer himself into the world of books. Always encouraged to read he enjoys reading anything he can get his hands on and lately has been drawn to memoirs, essays and diaries.

Recently he has been spending his time writing short stories and putting together a novel that he is hoping to write after finishing his degree. Though his interests are primarily in fiction these days he is also trying his hand at non-fiction.

April Davis

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Writer

April Davis is a Melbourne-based writer who has just completed her Bachelor of Professional Writing and Publishing. She spends most of her time writing blog posts, and contributing as a writer to online publications. The remainder of her time is spent working on her first book and baking anything that's filled with lots of sugar and fat.

Her favourite authors are Lewis Carroll and Kim Kelly, both of these authors inspired her to first pick up a piece of paper and start writing. She hopes to further her education by undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Communication and dreams of one day opening a book shop/cafe with her husband.

Katherine O'Chee

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Writer

Katherine O'Chee is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) degree at the University of Sydney. She is a writer and part-time blogger, an avid reader and a collector of inspiring quotes. Having been in love with stories from a very young age, she is always looking to transform daily observations into beautiful, philosophical tales.

When she isn't studying, reading or writing, you'll find her playing the piano, swimming laps at the pool, or multitasking - i.e. doodling patterns all over her notebook while listening to music on repeat, while drinking iced coffee, while surfing the internet in search of new books to read. In addition to her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter, Katherine hopes to one day inspire positivity, provoke deep thought and give a voice to the voiceless. You can read more of Katherine's writing here.

Dean Elphick

Writer

Dean is a young writer from the Illawarra, NSW. He has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong but has many interests. While at university he dabbled in environmental science, social science, biology, exercise science, and advertising.

Prior to this he studied journalism for a year. Ultimately he is always drawn back to prose and poetry, basing his work around a central emotional theme in an effort to impact upon the reader’s mood. His writing often contains distinct imagery of the environment and frequently features animals as he is a lover of the creatures we share our planet with.

Hannah Macauley-Gierhart

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Writer

Hannah Macauley-Gierhart is a writer from NSW's Central Coast. She has a degree in English Literature and Education as well as a Masters in Creative Writing (graduating with distinction), both from Macquarie University. In recent years she has worked as a high school English teacher, before leaving to venture into the new realms of motherhood.

Now, Hannah is working as a freelance writer, editor, and fiction reader. She is passionate about tea, storytelling, and hanging out with her beautiful baby. Hannah spends most of her time excitedly discussing literature, reading anything she can get her hands on, writing at strange hours, or dancing wildly to The Wiggles.

Laura Marshall

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Writer

Laura has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember; she wore her 'I'd rather be reading' t-shirt with pride all through her teen years, and while the t-shirt is long gone the sentiment still rings true.

Inspired by her literary hero, Jo March, she had her first short story published as a precocious teen in a local publication, Ripper Reading, and while it's not quite The New Yorker, seeing her words in print was a very proud moment. After these giddy heights, she took a rather long hiatus from writing to travel and study, finally returning to the fold by completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Writing, Editing and Publishing in 2010. Since then, she has been working as an editor, and has recently started a blog where she writes about all things books and reading.

Zita Fogarty

Writer

Zita always wanted to be a writer and has kept a journal since the age of 11. She left school early to become an apprentice chef which led to many adventures worth writing about, such as meeting Elton John and catering for an intimate wedding on Sydney’s Hawkesbury River with no vehicle access or electricity. Now Zita is out of the kitchen and in front of the computer, doing what she was destined to do.

Zita has been a contributor to Writer's Edit since 2013. She lives on the fringe of Sydney’s multicultural Inner West where you can find her writing in the garage or at the dining table. Zita’s work has also been published by When Women Waken, an online international literary journal (USA). She is also a member of the NSW Writers' Centre. You can follow Zita on Twitter, or read more of her writing on her blog.

Liam Lowth

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Writer

Liam Lowth is a writer from Brisbane currently completing a Film and Screen Media degree. He has had his short stories published and has previously worked as a copywriter. With an interest in travel and different cultures, Liam presents themes of displacement and ennui in his fiction, while in is non-fiction he turns to his wry sensibilities for inspiration. Liam’s love of film and screenwriting earned him a spot at the University of Arizona where he will be traveling to in the coming months. He looks forward to finding further writing inspiration with the change of scenery.

When Liam is not writing he loves to listen to music, drive and watch the world go by. Through writing Liam looks to understand the world around him, by understanding the motivations of characters, what drives a plot and how certain themes can be woven into the art of language. He hopes to one day publish a novel of his own, or work within the American film landscape.

Kyla Bagnall

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Writer

Kyla is currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative and Professional Writing) at Queensland University of Technology. Writing has been part of her life from a very young age. She had four short stories published between 2010 and 2011, and now spends time writing longer novel projects and university assessments.

After an amazing experience interning at the University of Queensland Press in 2015, Kyla is now eager to pursue editing with a new-found passion for helping writers bring the best out of their stories.

When not writing or reading, she's drawing, learning Japanese or working to consolidate her world of books with the world of technology. You can follow Kyla on her first steps into Twitter.

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