West Writers Group is home to 12 active members and approximately 20 alumni members. Some are able to be contacted directly, however if you can’t find their details below please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry.
Nikki Tran is a lover of drama on screen and stage. She is a writer/producer of stories that combine genre with under-represented voices in our mainstream narratives. Nikki’s creative practice has received development support through Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Malthouse Theatre. She is a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellow and creative resident at ACMI X.
Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, poet and editor. Her writing has appeared in Scum Mag, Ibis House, The Lifted Brow Online and Lor Journal, among others. Currently, she edits fiction for Rambutan Literary and is an editorial mentee at Djed Press. Her first chapbook ‘When I Die Slingshot My Ashes Onto The Surface Of The Moon’ will be published by Subbed In in 2019.
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, TLB, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3 is published by Vagabond Press and is currently at work writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.
Vanessa Giron is a Latinx writer and editor based in Naarm/Melbourne. She primarily writes memoir and cultural criticism, as well as pop-culture commentary and reviews. She was an inaugural Djed Press Featured Author in 2018, and is currently a Small Screens critic for The Big Issue. She has bylines in Junkee, TLB, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and more.
Grace Feng Fang Juan
Grace Feng Fang Juan is a writer and filmmaker based in Melbourne. Actively engaged with the multilingual and trans-cultural space, she writes in Chinese and in English languages, exploring the in-between-ness and fluidity created by her diaspora experience through poems, essays and arts reviews. She has written for the ABC and Peril Magazine.
Achut Thuc is a Sudanese/South Sudanese writer. She realised her love of poetry/stories in 5th grade Arabic classes. Her work has been featured in the fringe and MWF. She writes on a range of issues; identity, racism, mental illness and healing. Currently, she is working on a collection of poetry and essays.
Saf Ovacik is a Melbourne-based writer, director & performer of screen and theatre, and a graduate of The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Arts – Creative Writing. During her time at university, Saf developed an interest in writing dark, absurdist comedies that explore beliefs, death and the unknown. Her written work is influenced by her Turkish-Muslim upbringing.