Our Team

The Mid North Coast Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated organisation
devoted to engaging, encouraging and enlightening writers of the region and beyond
Wendy Haynes

Wendy Haynes

President

Wendy Haynes is an award winner author. Her short story Going Nowhere won first prize at the Port Writers Inc 2018 Inhouse Competition. Her first book Hayden’s Bedtime was published by Inprint Publishing in March 2019. Her first middle- grade novel Saving Hollow Woods was published in August 2020. She completed a Diploma in Creative Writing at Southern Cross University, and armed with Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, she provides writing workshops and guidance to authors throughout their writing journey.

Lorraine Penn

Lorraine Penn

Vice president

Lorraine has a strong business background in senior positions for small to large organisation. She holds Master Project Director qualification. She relocated to Coffs Harbour from Sydney in 2008 and has taken up board member position since 2008 with Enterprise & Training Company Ltd. In 2009 she joined Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group and held the President’s position for 5 years and obtained incorporated status for the group. Lorraine project managed two annual Grassroots Writers Weekend Events 2015 and 2019.

Allan Pogonowski

Allan Pogonowski

Secretary

Allan decided he wanted to write creatively in the mid-nineties and has kept tapping away since then. Having enjoyed the resources available through other writing centres he agreed with Wendy that MNC writers would benefit from having their own writing centre. Allan’s broad experience in corporate writing including training materials and primers for new sales members gives him a strong background in the structures and working of English prose. The creative part is another story…

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Join the team and be part of a growing community of writers. If you are a numbers person we would love to here from you. The Board meets via Skype excepts for the AGM so meetings are easy to attend. Being part of any community group can be a rewarding experience.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray

Board member

Alex brings to the Board a passion for community led projects and a love of architecture and the arts. Prior to moving to the Mid North Coast three years ago, Alex worked at Sydney Opera House as Communications and Heritage Officer for the Building team and now works in community engagement with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. You can find her in the ocean pretending to surf, dropping ridiculous dad jokes (hello Punday Monday) and chasing around her young son and crazy puppy.  

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Emma Gaulton

Board member

E. Gaulton is an avid genealogist and writer. She is a member of The Fellowship of Australian Writers Inc.  She was inspired to use her passion for family research and the first world war as material for her debut novel “Our Tom”. Other publishing credits include:  A short story “The Instructions” in the Fearsome Engine Anthology and the opening and closing chapters of “Fractured” a novella written by the Port Macquarie FAW. 

Steve Hannelly

board member

Steve is a strong believer in community minded groups. Semi-retired Steve enjoys golf and fishing, and spending time with family. He has been a successful business owner since 1991 and understands what it’s like to start a new venture. Though not a writer, he brings to the Board ethical business practices, a desire to help, and a willingness to aid in the success of the Mid North Coast Writer’s Centre.

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Join the team and be part of a growing community of writers. The Board meets via Skype excepts for the AGM so meetings are easy to attend. Being part of any community group can be a rewarding experience.

Our Patrons

Hayley Lawrence

Hayley Lawrence

Patron

Hayley Lawrence was a lawyer on the mid-north coast before having children and becoming a young adult author. Her novels include Inside the Tiger (Penguin Random House, 2018), Ruby Tuesday (Penguin Random House 2020) and Skin Deep (Scholastic, coming 2021). Hayley’s debut novel Inside the Tiger was shortlisted for The Australian’s Vogel Literary Award (2017), was a Children’s Book Council Notable Book (2019) and made the Davitt Award longlist for best Young Adult crime novel novel (2019). She is currently working on her next novel.

Greg Barron

Greg Barron

Patron

Crime, terrorism, history, and international politics are all passionate interests of author Greg Barron. He has lived in North America, New South Wales and in and around Katherine, Northern Territory. He once crossed Arnhem Land on foot, and has a passion for the outback landscape. Greg now regards himself as a hybrid author, having been published by HarperCollins Australia and is now self publishing.  His books are gutsy page-turners that tell the truth about the world. He is currently working on a family saga that he admits is “too long and too hard” but can’t bring himself to give up on it.