Maura Pierlot on Writing about Mental Health

With a PhD in philosophy, Maura’s diverse career sees her currently as a playwright and author. She grew up in the Bronx, USA, but now resides in Canberra, Australia. Join us on this rollercoaster ride that includes falling in love with a shearer, working in real estate and creating her play-turned-book-turned-film Fragments, which shines a timely spotlight on mental health. Continue reading Maura Pierlot on Writing about Mental Health

Susannah Hardy on the Funny Side of Writing

Susannah trained as an actor in Paris under world-famous clown, Philippe Gaulier. Back in Australia, she chalked up film and television roles; played Frutti in Tutti & Frutti, two singing Carmen Mirandas on roller blades; created a sketch comedy for Arena TV, Foxtel, as part of the trio, The Girls; not to mention starred in the occasional Nurofen commercial. She now works as a freelance writer and her first novel, romantic comedy Loving Lizzie March, was released by Pan Macmillan in June 2021. Continue reading Susannah Hardy on the Funny Side of Writing

Yasmin A. McClinton on Being a Sensitivity Reader

Yasmin is a talented editor, writer and English teacher who recently won the Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland award for her unpublished novel. One of her areas of expertise is sensitivity reading, a field of growing importance as authors become more aware of their responsibilities when they write minority characters. Join us for a discussion about appropriation, agency and author intent. Continue reading Yasmin A. McClinton on Being a Sensitivity Reader