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Kat Carr is a writer of contemporary fiction and romantic comedy. For many years she has been a writer/director of satirical musical theatre. She recently completed her first novel and a school musical. Kat lives in Far North Queensland with her husband and too many kids. She spends every spare moment writing, learning about writing, and enjoying other people’s writing.


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Carleton Chinner grew up on a remote farm in South Africa, where the trip to the town library was the highlight of his week. He is the author of the Cities of the Moon science fiction series, has been longlisted for the Adaptable award, and received honourable mention from Writers of Future. 


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Jo Edgar-Baker loves everything about books. She has bookshelves dedicated to her favourites, and when she’s not reading – or writing historical and/or women’s fiction – you might find her designing book covers. Jo is currently working on a multi-generation historical series spanning continents, and has two short stories published in RWA anthologies.  

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Sophia Evans is a writer, reader, teacher, avid stargazer and all-round nerd. She writes children’s picture books, school readers, short stories and young adult novels. Sophia tends to get lost in her writing, with numerous projects on the go simultaneously. She is usually brought back to reality by her dog, Leroy, who wants a pat or to go for a run.  


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Kylie Fennell is an Australian speculative fiction author based in Brisbane (Yuggera Country). As a writer of European and Aboriginal (Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung) descent she like to explores culture and identity through her YA and fantasy fiction writing. Her work has been recognised in several short story competitions and The Long Way Home’s anthologies. She is the author of The Kyprian Prophecy series.


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Chris Foley is a Melbourne writer of science fiction with a love for old-school adventure stories. His most recent stories have included: a space captain with relationship issues, a blind astro-navigator, and a man who gets lost on the way to the afterlife. 

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Kelly Lyonns is a ​tea-drinking chronicler of genre-hopping romance with a good measure of fantasy and science fiction. As an ecologist, environmental scientist, conflicted cat-herder, and Regency romance tragic, she chooses to believe in a future more solar-punk than dark.


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Alyssa Mackay is a mystery writer with an excellent track record for guessing whodunit in Midsomer Murders. Her novel has been shortlisted for the Flash 500 Novel Competition and her short story published in Stringybark Stories Tales with A Twist. She lives in Brisbane with her husband, son and cat. 


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Brooke Maggs is an award-winning narrative designer for video games like The Gardens Between, Paperbark, Control, and Florence. She writes speculative fiction and articles on narrative design and the links between digital and traditional literature. Brooke moved from Australia to Finland to continue making games, so she’s exchanged going surfing for going to the sauna. 


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Anna McEvoy is a Brisbane-based writer of fantasy fiction. Her short stories have won and longlisted in Australian Writers’ Centre’s Furious Fiction several times. She loves to travel and does her best writing on aeroplanes, so it’s a good thing she works for an airline. 

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Bianca Millroy is an Australian writer of historical eco-fiction and magic realism. Based in Brisbane, her stories have been published in anthologies such as Visible Ink, GreyMatter, Showcase and Within, Without. In 2020, Bianca’s manuscript ‘The Solitary Light’ was shortlisted for the Qld Literary Awards category for an Emerging Writer. 


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A lecturer and crime-writer, Lea Scott’s random life skills include the ability to bait her own fishhook and shoot with a deadly aim. Her latest manuscript, Ebb and Flow, longlisted for the Richell Prize and Adaptable. She recently escaped to the Sunshine Coast hinterland with her husband and two ‘city’ dogs. 


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A former photojournalist, Sharyn Swanepoel has changed her focus to content marketing, while writing fiction on the side. She lives in Brisbane with her blended family and a large collection of succulents.  

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English teacher by day and writer by night, Lane Thornton loves bringing story ideas to life. A self-confessed word nerd and devourer of books about books, Lane is writing her debut novel dedicated to the strong women she knows. In the eyes of her students, Lane is their favourite author. 

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Jodie Woodward loves writing so much she does it for work AND fun. Her fiction has been long and shortlisted for Australian Writers’ Centre’s Furious Fiction, The Newcastle Short Story Award and QWC’s Publishable. When she’s not writing you’ll find her crocheting and drinking tea. 


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