The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies and fellowships. This is a unique program specifically for writers, currently one of only three in Australia. We currently offer placements in the categories of Established; UpComing; Emerging; Scholarship; Established; and Fellowships. Our legacy of Writers-in-Residence spans almost 30 years and has produced hundreds of literary awards and publications across several genres as a result. For a full list of our Alumni of writers, please see here.
Despite the loss of long-term annual state government funding in 2015, KSP is committed to continuing the program with the support of the local government authority the Shire of Mundaring and Friends of Katharine.
Meet KSP's 2022 Writers-in-Residence
Josephine Taylor is an Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Writing at Edith Cowan University. After developing chronic gynaecological pain in 2000, she was forced to surrender her career as a psychotherapist. Years later, research into the condition informed her prize-winning PhD thesis, an investigative memoir. Now, Josephine teaches in literary fiction and creative non-fiction, and presents on her writing, chronic disorder and creativity. Her critical and creative writing has been anthologised and published widely, including in Australian Book Review, Axon, Southerly and TEXT. Eye of a Rook (Fremantle Press, 2021) is her first novel.
Photography by Charlotte Guest.
Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She has completed a PhD in feminist theory and loves nature, Jane Austen and puns. Sasha has a passion for nature and lives in the Perth hills region with her family, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.
Photography by Trevor Sullivan.
Lisa Collyer is a poet and educator. She writes poetry with a focus on women’s bodies and how their experiences shape their everyday lives. She is a participant in the Westerly Writers’ Development Program, The Four Centres Emerging Writers’ Program and is a member of the Voicebox collective. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online journals, including Cordite Poetry Review, Not Very Quiet, and Rabbit Journal.
Born in Cumbria, Katie Hale is an internationally recognised poet and novelist. Her debut novel, My Name is Monster (Canongate, 2019), has been translated into multiple languages, and was shortlisted for the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. Her second poetry pamphlet, Assembly Instructions, won the Munster Chapbook Prize. A MacDowell Fellow (2019), she won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2021, and has been shortlisted for the Desperate Literature, Mslexia and Manchester Prizes. She has also written for theatre and immersive digital performance, and has featured on national radio and television. She is currently working on her second novel.
Photography by Tom Lloyd.
Tiffany Ko is a Chinese-Australian emerging writer living and practicing on Whadjuk Noongar boodja. Her work explores identity and belonging, especially within an Asian-Australian context, and has appeared in To Hold the Clouds, Liminal, Journal, Pulch Mag, Singapore Review of Books and elsewhere. She previously worked as the events marketing assistant at Fremantle Press, and is currently on the editorial committee of the online literary journal Portside Review.
Bianca Breen is in her final year studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts at La Trobe University. When she's not reading or writing fantastical adventures, she’s an editor at KOS Magazine, a co-host of The YA Room, and the creator of YA for WA.
Eleanor is a writer, constant reader and writing teacher. She was born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia. Her first novel, What Was Left, came out in 2013 with Sleepers Publishing. Her second novel, Long Bay, was released in 2015. In 2018 her third novel, The Passengers, was published by Allen & Unwin. In 2022 her fourth novel, The Coast, is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin.
Riley Faulds is a student of Agricultural Science and English Literary Studies at The University of Western Australia. His poems have appeared in Rabbit, Westerly, Poetry D'Amour, and the birthday cards of family and friends. He was a participant in the 2019 Westerly Writers’ Development Program and is the 2021 Editor of Pelican Magazine. In his spare time, he plays Premier League hockey for the mighty Fremantle Magpies and works at an environmental consultancy. He loves spending time with his grandparents, who live in the South-West of WA. Estuaries delight him.
Meet KSP's 2022-2023 1st Edition Program Recipients
(in alphabetical order)
Nadine Browne is the author of THE WHIP HAND, a live story teller, slam poet and general good time girl. Nadine was a 2019 graduate and Starworks Fellow of New York University’s MFA Fiction Program.
Diane Hopkins works as an editor and nonfiction book coach for creative and ambitious women with transformational stories to share. She has written her first memoir about searching for love again after her marriage ended.
Mark has always loved stories. As a child growing up in country Western Australia, reading and writing were Mark’s escape, but writing took a back-seat when he pursued a different path. Now, after decades working in engineering, he has returned to writing.
Carol Millner identifies as a Pakeha living a Jewish life in Western Australia. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Curtin University, where she also teaches. Carol's poetry and short stories have been published in Australia and Aotearoa/NZ. (Photography by Charlotte Guest).
Emma is a high school teacher by day but by night she is contemplating twisty murder plots and the best ways to hide bodies. All in the name of writing, of course. Her first novel 'The Bone Painter' won the 2020 Affirm Press/ Varuna Mentorship Award.
Molly Schmidt is a writer undertaking Honours research at Curtin University, under the supervision of Professor Kim Scott. This project is to complete her first novel and involves consultation with Noongar Elders. By day, Molly is a journalist for the ABC. (Photography by Jenny Schmidt)
Jo Stapley has been a Business Storyteller in three continents, but always called Perth home. Like her characters, Jo believes that stories can spark personal transformations. While her 2 young kids sleep, she writes contemporary fiction with characters that bring dry humour to darker subjects.
Emily Taylor is a poet, secondary English teacher and writer based in Perth. Her poetry is inspired by the duality that is Life’s gift. She publishes poetry on Instagram (@emilytaylor_writer) and in local zines, whilst working on her novel. (Photography by Ella Tan)
Khai Virtue is a Western Australian writer of a young adult fiction. He has been a teacher, graphic designer and translator and can now be seen wearing a cardigan at a library near you. Khai is currently working on his first novel.
Meet KSP's 2022 Fellows
(in alphabetical order)
Jacie lives on tea and laughter. She loves the ocean, books and Shakespeare in equal measure. She is currently working on her first novel. Jacie lives in Perth with her husband, two sons and her faithful but neurotic dog, Peggy. (Photography by Jess Gately).
Christine Bell, is a fiction writer from Melbourne. She has written extensively for children and young adults across her career, including 35 short fiction titles published for children. No Small Shame is her first published adult historical novel.
Kylie Boltin is a NSW Premier's Literary award and Walkley award winning writer. Since completing her PhD in 2010, Kylie has written/produced more than 15 multi-platform projects. She is writing a novel supported by the Australia Council. (Photography by Noel McLaughlin).
Terena Boniwell is a children’s writer living near Fremantle WA. When she isn’t at home with her four children and a gazillion pets, she is meeting with her writer’s group in the historic buildings of Fremantle. They have important writerly discussions like; the different ways it's possible to teleport.
USA Today Bestselling Author Demelza Carlton lives in Perth, Western Australia. She has sold over 2 million copies across more than 60 titles worldwide in ebook, audio and print.
Brooke Dunnell is the winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award. Her short fiction has been published in New Australian Fiction 2021, Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue fiction edition, Westerly and Meanjin. She has taught workshops, judged competitions and been a mentor to other writers.
Anna Fursland is a semi-retired clinical psychologist, having worked in the UK, the US and WA. She published many peer-reviewed academic papers and has recently turned to fiction. She writes short stories and is in the process of writing a novel.
Helen Hagemann holds an MA in Writing from Edith Cowan University. Her debut novel "The Last Asbestos Town" was published in May 2020 by Adelaide Books LLC, New York USA. A 2nd novel "The Ozone Cafe" is also from Adelaide Books. (Photography by Viva Photography, Balcatta).
Emma Hall is an emerging writer living in Melbourne. She is a professional freelance writer and communications consultant. Emma completed her Master of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne in 2016.
Ashleigh Hardcastle is a Perth-based writer and psychologist whose writing has appeared in The Big Issue, Scum Mag, and anthologies by Glimmer Press and Night Parrot Press. Ashleigh has been in the 4 Centres EWP and the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program.
Karen Herbert is a Perth based writer and author of The River Mouth. She is a Board Member of The Intelife Group and Advocare Inc and President of FAWWA. Karen's second book, Cast Aways, is due for release in 2022. (Photography by Amy Luckett).
Narelle has lived and written in Australia, England, and the US. Despite years travelling and working corporate jobs in big cities, her stories centre on the lives of small-town residents in rural Australia. She currently lives in Perth where she is working on her 1st novel.
A self-confessed late bloomer, Leigh-Michel worked towards her WACE after leaving school at 16. She pursued commerce, but came to realise that creativity brings rewards and says ‘Writing restores and rescues the mind. It is a great love.’ (Photography by Rah Studios).
Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of 2 books, How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, a thriller novella and collected essays. My Name is Revenge was longlisted for 2020 Davitt Awards, shortlisted for the 2019 Woollahra DLAs, and a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird DLA.
Danijela Kambaskovic has worked as Assistant Professor, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Danijela migrated from the Former Yugoslavia in 1999. She writes in two languages, reads several more and specialises in poetry translation.
Miranda Luby is a freelance writer and YA author. Her Text Prize shortlisted debut, THEREFORE I AM, is coming in 2022 (Text Publishing). She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize & been published by Bloomsbury and Margaret River Press. (Photography by Cormac Hanrahan).
Shannon Meyerkort is a WA cross-genre writer. Shannon’s work has appeared in Underground Writers, The West Australian and Mamamia. Her debut book, Dyslexic Heroes, a collection of stories for children will be published by Affirm Press in 2022.
Annie de Monchaux is a mother, a writer, a guide dog puppy raiser, a nurse and she's had the same haircut for 40 years.
Kathy Prokhovnik works as a technical writer, consulting on projects to provide writing, research, editing and/or project management. For the last four years she has been highly commended or runner-up in the KSP Short Fiction Awards.
Leni Shilton is a poet and researcher. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and lives in Alice Springs. She has a PhD in creative writing. Her writing is published in Australia and internationally. She has 2 verse novels: Walking with Camels and Malcolm. (Photography by Liam Shilton).
Combining experiences of complex trauma, disability, and queer identity with postgrad research, Adele Aria is a writer-activist for human rights and social change. Their writing is in Australian and international publications and they have featured in local and national writers festivals and events.
Trish Versteegen is a social worker, compulsive reader and aspiring writer who is inspired by personal stories and the Western Australian landscape. Trish’s novel, The Seventh Sister, was shortlisted for the 2018 T.A.G Hungerford award.