Centre Staff

Chris Gallagher - Director

Chris brings twenty years experience to her position having initiated, mentored, and facilitated writing programs at a national and state level and across many genres. She is a former Director of the Victorian Writers' Centre, a peer advisor to the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and the Chair of the newly formed national organisation, Writing Australia.  Chris is an artist in her own right having produced documentary and drama celebrating Australian stories. She has also been Director of the Australian Script Centre in Hobart and Industry and Cultural Development Officer for Screen Tasmania. Her passion for the arts, her management skills and her vision have equipped her to take the Centre into new and exciting territory, with significant increases in major festival partnerships, regional services, and membership numbers during her tenure. Chris has lived in Tasmania for twelve years and has two daughters. 

Marion Stoneman - Admin, Membership and Workshop co-ordinator
Marion is Administration and Membership Co-ordinator for the Tasmanian Writers' Centre, serving the needs of more than 450 Tasmanian writers. Marion Stoneman has, for five years, convened the only writing group on Hobart's Eastern Shore. Her poetry has been published in Blue Giraffe and the Poet's Republic. She has held an administrative position with Island Magazine and a work placement with one of Tasmania's foremost independent publishers, Pardalote Press. She brings over twenty years experience in customer service and financial management working in small business. Marion holds a Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and additional studies in Professional Writing and Editing. 

Sarah Briggs - Finance
Sarah is Finance Officer for the Tasmanian Writers' Centre, and works on a part-time basis. Sarah has many years experience in finance and administrative roles. She also loves to travel and experience new cultures, and has visitied many communities as a volunteer WOOFer (workers on organic farms).