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

Hunter Writers Centre Board

Adrienne Lindsay

Adrienne studied art history and creative writing at McGill University and the University of Sydney, respectively. She is a published writer of academic essays and feature articles. She has worked as a Contributing Editor for a literary journal and her strong research and strategic planning skills have contributed to several of Australia’s largest philanthropic donations.

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.
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

Paula Stephenson

Paula is a farmer and a writer who lives and works on a cattle property west of Scone. She holds a BA Hons from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Letters from NE University. She has written for various magazines as a freelance journalist and writing for children. Her first Picture Book will be published soon. She is an avid reader and writes every day, inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the Upper Hunter.
John Dunn board member
John Dunn
John holds a Bachelor of Communications and has worked in Federal Politics in media, events, speech writing, and as a political and communications advisor. He has also worked in public affairs, giving strategic advice on management and government relations in food and ag industries.

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.


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.

 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.
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