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, 2017 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs Dani Powell

Program Coordinator, 2017 NT Writers’ Festival – Alice Springs Shrike O’Malley

NTWC Board

Our Board Members as of May 29, 2017 are –

President: Dr Martin Jarvis OAM (Darwin)

Professor Martin Jarvis OAM has a great deal of experience as a board member of funded arts organisations, both in Australia and the UK, as well as much experience Chairing. He is a published author of two books, and many journal articles, published in the Australia, the UK and USA.

Vice-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).

Secretary and Public Officer: 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.

Regional Representative: Toni Tapp Coutts (Katherine)

Toni Tapp Coutts is the Deputy Mayor of Katherine Town Council and a published author. She has been a member of NTWC for many years and is a former board member. Toni has been a member of the Katherine Region of Writers (KROW) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in governance, boards and committees. Her two memoirs A Sunburnt Childhood, and My Outback Life, were published by Hachette in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Nicola Pitt (Alice Springs)

Nicola Pitt worked in Sydney’s book industry for six years at the publishing houses of Pan Macmillan, Random House and Hachette. As a book publicist she organised publicity campaigns for both international and Australian writers, encompassing many writers festivals around the country. She has a keen interest in the arts in general, and three years ago moved to Alice Springs to work at the CAAMA Music record label.

Fred van’t Sand (Darwin)

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

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.

David Ketley (Darwin)

David Ketley is a novellist and poet who lives in Darwin.

Carolyn Mison-Smith (Darwin)

Carolyn Mison-Smith is a lecturer at School of Academic Language and Learning at Charles Darwin University.

Alice Springs Advisory Committee

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

Pat Ansell-Dodds

Penny Drysdale

Sue Fielding

Michael Giacometti

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