About Us

The NT Writers Centre encourages vibrant literary activity in the Northern Territory, developing and supporting writers in all genres at all stages of their careers. We value quality NT writing as a unique component of Australia’s literary wealth and recognise Indigenous writers and storytellers as a core component of this.


As well as our ongoing member services, we offer a program of workshops, opportunities and showcase events across the NT including an annual Writers’ Festival.

NT Writers’ Festival Our annual cornerstone event shifts location between Darwin & Alice Springs.

Territory Read biennial NT Book Awards

Imprint annual members magazine (previously Write Turn)

Andrew McMillan Memorial Residency and Eco House Residency Annual writers residencies

NTWC Staff

Executive Director – Darwin Sally Bothroyd

Program Manager – Alice Springs Fiona Dorrell

Festival Director, 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs Dani Powell

Festival Manager, 2019 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs Rita Horanyi

NTWC Board

Our Board Members as of May 30, 2018 are –

President: Dr Adelle Sefton-Rowston (Darwin)

Adelle has a PhD in literature and lectures at Charles Darwin University. She was a winner of last year’s Northern Territory Literary Awards and peer-reviews for Humanities journal. She has published literary scholarship as well as poetry and short stories in two anthologies. Adelle is an active committee member of Australasian Universities Languages and Literature (AULLA).

Vice President: Fred van’t Sand (Darwin)

Fred van’t Sand is a performance poet with a long affiliation with the NT Writers’ Centre.

Regional Vice President: Tanya Heaslip (Alice Springs)

Tanya was raised  in Central Australia through the 1960s and 70s and has practised law for many years in different parts of Australia. She has returned to Alice Springs to continue working as well as finalise a memoir on her time in Prague after the Berlin Wall fell. She is an Australian Institute of Community Directors Graduate.

Secretary: Michelle Coleman (Darwin)

Michelle Coleman is a Darwin PR consultant who specialises in media advice and quality writing and research. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism, was awarded the UQ Daily Miracle Bursary and has worked as a journalist and Chief of Staff for Channel 9 and the ABC. Michelle has been a board member since 2015.

Treasurer: Carolyn Mison-Smith (Darwin)

Carolyn originally joined the NTWC in 2007. She had some early publications and won the Open Poetry section at the Manly Bicentennial Writer’s Festival. Carolyn spent a year in Jakarta researching and translating the female voice in Indonesian poetry. She currently teaches at the university and is writing her PhD.

Public Officer: Shona Ford (Darwin)

Shona Ford is a school teacher with a love of creative writing. She’s a past winner of an NT Literary Award, and has encouraged many of her students to also enter the Youth category of the Awards.

Ordinary Members:

Pat Ansell-Dodds (Alice Springs)

Pat Ansell-Dodds is an Eastern Arrernte and Anmatyere woman, a Flinders University Lecturer, and artist. She was the winner of the 1990 NT Literary Award for an essay about her father’s country, Undoolya, and her connection to that place. In 2018 she attended the inaugural NT Aboriginal Leadership and Governance Forum.

Christian Bok (Darwin)

Christian Bok is an experimental poet, originally from Canada, and a lecturer for Literary Studies at the School of Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.

Bronwyn Druce (Alice Springs)

Bronwyn is the business owner of local independent bookseller Red Kangaroo Books.

Kate Rendell (Darwin)

Kate Rendell works as a Communications Manager in the arts. She is also a freelance researcher and essayist. With an MA in Literature, she has a particular passion for contemporary Australian writing.

Alice Springs Advisory Committee

The NTWC would also like to acknowledge the invaluable ongoing work of our Alice Springs advisory committee –

Pat Ansell-Dodds

Sue Fielding

Meg Mooney

Craig San Roque

Leni Shilton

Kimberley Zenneth

Advertise with Us

NT Writers’ Centre offers digital and print advertising options. For a list of our current rates email executive@ntwriters.com.au

Work with Us

NT Writers’ Centre employs writers and industry professionals to run workshops and writing groups. To pitch a workshop idea, please email executive@ntwriters.com.au