Hunter Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation
devoted to engaging, educating and employing writers of Australia

Hunter Writers Centre Board

Dr Alexandra Lewis
Dr Alexandra Lewis

Dr Alexandra Lewis is a lecturer at the University of Newcastle where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. She was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing in Aberdeen, Scotland and has also taught, supervised, and held research fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College London, School of Advanced Study London, and Warwick. Read more about Dr Lewis here.
Megan Buxton, board member HWC
Megan Buxton

Megan taught secondary English for thirty years in the Hunter and worked as a tutor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. She values the Hunter Writers Centre's strong contribution to the cultural life of the Hunter region. Megan was president of HWC 2013-2018

Julie Loveridge

Julie Loveridge

Julie is an experienced leader in operations and logistics with strong project management and IT skills. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science plus Masters of Business Administration. Julie is an avid reader and musician with a strong interest in all forms of creative arts.
Mark Lock, First Nations (Ngiyampaa) Australian, Cultural Safety Editing Service
Dr Mark Lock

Mark J Lock (BSc, MPH, PhD) is descended from the Ngiyampaa people of New South Wales, from Scottish convicts of the First Fleet, from a Latvian immigrant, and from English people. Mark is a developing professional editor who advises on cultural safety to help artists empower their creative expression. He provides a culturally and scientifically rigorous approach based on his First Nations Australian heritage and continued academic research excellence.
Caroline Hill - HWC Board member
Caroline Hill

Caroline is an experienced Voice Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. Skilled in Choral, Performing Arts, Music Education, Music Composition, and Music Arranging & Transcribing. Caroline is a graduate from the University of Newcastle.

Our Staff

Karen Crofts, director HWC
Karen Crofts

Karen has been director of HWC since 2012. She holds a Masters degree in Writing from the University of Newcastle. Karen is passionate about connecting the Arts with important social issues of the Hunter: reconciliation, homelessness, disability, grief, loss and trauma.


 Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline is HWC Bookkeeper. She has 30+ years experience working with Not-for-Profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration. Jacqueline is also a Director & Consultant for Business Network International (BNI) in the Hunter Region – an International Referral Marketing and Networking membership-based organisation.
Leanne Lim Administration Assistant
Leanne Lim
Administration Assistant

Leanne is currently a student at the University of Melbourne. She has just finished her Bachelor's degree and will be starting a Masters degree in Applied Psychology. Leanne has internship experience working with NGO's and government agencies, and is interested in establishing a career in the non-for-profit sector in the future.
Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger
Christine Bramble
Strategic Advsior

Christine has been a teacher of History, a museum education officer and a cultural planner. Christine advises HWC on policies and cultural projects.
Helen volunteer
Helen Blackney

Helen prepares our workshops, operates our bookshop and researches writerly articles for our members. Her background is in banking and customer service.

HWC Strategic Plan 2019-2021

HWC Mission, Vision and Structure

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Our Constitution

HWC has formally adopted the NSW Dept of Fair Trading Model Constitution

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Hunter Writers Centre adopts the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols and the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy

Cultural Protocols
Arts and Cultural Strategy

Hunter Writers Centre Disability Action Plan

Disability Action Plan
Disbility Awareness poster