Stephanie DowningSecretary

Born and raised in Geelong, Australia, Stephanie is a graduate of Deakin University with her Honours degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She adores words of all sorts and is especially infatuated with the medium of poetry and fiction, with publications of her work being featured in magazines such as WORDLY Magazine, Geelong Writer’s Anthology and Cordite Poetry Review.

Stephanie’s portfolio of work demonstrates a diverse range of writing, from book and film reviews, to poetry, short fiction and critical research. Her creative writing invokes magical realist aesthetics and her creative thesis examined modern reinventions of classical Gothic texts, such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one of her favourite books.

Having studied the narrative versions of the Hero’s Journey in her literature major and her recreational reading, Stephanie is grateful for the opportunity to see these theories put into practice in fostering positive human development. Stephanie is inspired by this quote from Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events:“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”

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