The Taswriters Team

Director: Cassandra Wunsch

Cassandra began her writing journey with a residency at the Tasmanian Writers Centre (now known as TasWriters) in 2015. Two years later she had trained her way up to coordinating the Twitch program for young writers, where she had her own start. With a background in blogging and theatre, Cassandra is passionate about providing others with the same life changing opportunities that the TWC gave her. Though she originally hails from New South Wales, Cassandra is in love with her home in Tassie and is dedicated to the strong literary community that lives here.

Cassandra has been Director of TasWriters since the beginning of 2020..

Program Coordinator: Arianne James

Arianne is a writer of fiction and avid reader. Her stories have been published in The Hunter Writers Centre’s Grieve anthology, Swinburne University’s journals Backstory and Other Terrain and Corvid Queen magazine. Arianne’s stories explore the complexities of motherhood, the varied manifestations of grief and its connection to place, and what it means to belong.

Arianne holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (2017) and First-Class Honours in Creative Writing (2019) from the University of Tasmania. In 2020 Arianne was shortlisted for a residency at the KSP Retreat and the HNSA Elizabeth Jane Corbett mentorship. In 2021 Arianne began a mentorship to edit her first novel with author Dr. Angela Slatter with the assistance of grants from RANT Arts and Arts Tasmania. She was shortlisted for the Margaret Scott Young Writers Fellowship at the Tasmanian Literary Awards in 2022. Arianne also hosts The Book Shelf on Edge Radio (99.3FM), where she interviews people from the Tasmanian literary community and beyond. She is currently working on her second novel.

Financial Officer: Erika Thomson

Erika Thomson is a qualified accountant (CPA) and has worked in public practice for over 20 years.

Erika has a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting and Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a major in Music History, both from the University of Tasmania.

She held the position of secretary for seven years with the Moonah & Glenorchy Business Association, been a playing member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band and former director and treasurer of both the Glenorchy Community Fund Ltd and GASP!

Volunteer: Eva Hale

Eva Hale is a young Australian writer and poet, currently based out of Hobart, Tasmania. She has several publications under her belt, including several features in Pure SlushThe Platform Project Magazine, and Togatus. She has been a state finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam in 2021, a winner of the Platform Project in 2021 and a winner of ASA Tasmanian Writers and Illustrators Mentorship Program in 2022. She completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in English at the University of Tasmania in 2023 and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Togatus. Eva is an emerging editor and is looking to go into a career in the publishing industry.