Get involved: join the DWOA team

Diverse Writers of Australia is a volunteer-run initiative and a passion project working to a zero-dollar budget. We are currently looking for ways to better involve the broader community of diverse writers, and are on the lookout for engaged members of the communities we champion to help develop our services for writers.

Our ultimate goal is to be transparent, inclusive and representative.

If you (or your organisation) are interested in volunteering or partnering with DWOA, especially if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer, a writer with a disability or a writer who is part of the LGBTQI community, please drop us a line.

Current team members

Rihana Ries

Rihana Ries


Rihana is a Melbourne-based editor with more than seven years’ experience in children’s publishing, trade publishing and corporate and non-profit communications. Her short fiction has appeared in Voiceworks, Visible Ink and Sleepers Almanac. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne, and currently edits in-house at Hardie Grant Books.

Meelee Soorkia

Meelee Soorkia


Meelee Soorkia is a writer and editor with a decade of experience in travel, education and trade publishing, and is Senior Development Editor at Melbourne’s Hardie Grant Books. She is passionate about creating culturally diverse publications and recently won a $50,000 grant from DFAT’s Australia–India Council to publish a collection of personal essays by Indian women.

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