The Organisation

The Society of Women Writers activities are managed and conducted by an honorary elected committee each year. Our monthly literary luncheons held at the State Library of NSW include inspiring and informative keynote addresses, guest speakers and members' news bites. Day and evening workshops provide writers with additional techniques.

Jan Conway

President

Jan was previously Secretary of The Society for Women Writers NSW Inc and has a background in office management. Jan found writing in retirement. In her memoir, Skimming the Surface,…
Kylie Day

Vice President

Kylie Day is a Barrister and mother of two young children. She loves language, libraries, reading and writing. In addition to legal writing, she has some creative writing projects in…
Amanda Mark

Treasurer

Amanda is an aspiring writer with a background in financial markets. She is passionate about life, travel, food, women in business, sports, Olympics, rugby and equal rights for all…

Rita Shaw

Secretary

Rita Shaw retired in 2009 after many years as a Bid Manager, writer, editor and proof reader in Sydney’s corporate arena, after starting her career at the University of NSW…
Maria McDougall

Membership Secretary

Maria McDougall has written numerous educational programs, reports and procedures along with plays, skits and jingles for children’s performance items on the school stage. For many years she taught in…
Julie Thorndyke

Publicity

A graduate of the University of Sydney Master of Creative Writing program, Sydney writer Julie Thorndyke’s two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite, were published by Ginninderra…

Michele Bomford

Committee

Michele Sowden Bomford is a historian and the author of three books – Beaten Down By Blood: the Battle of Mont St Quentin-Peronne 1918, The Battle of Mont St Quentin-Peronne…
Decima Wraxall

Committee

Decima has published three historical fiction novels: Letters From A Digger & Going Home ( A duo) and ‘Black Stockings, White Veil, a Finalist in the 2009 New Generation Indie…
Gwen Wilson

Booking Officer

Gwen Wilson handles the bookings for the monthly literary luncheons. Her debut memoir I Belong to No One was published by Hachette Australia in 2015, and later by Orion UK. …

Pippa Kay

Workshop Coordinator

Pippa Kay has written three books. The most recent, “Keeping it in the Family” published by Ginninderra Press, won the Society of Women Writers Fiction Award in 2018.   Pippa…
Lindsay Lewis

Web Master

Lindsay’s career background is marketing, having spent many years in major Advertising Agencies before starting a high end bed linen business, thus creating a national brand and house-hold name. Additionally,…