Scissors Paper Pen is an award-winning literary collective, founded in 2011 with the support of a Write in Your Face grant from Express Media. The collective was conceptualised by Rosanna Stevens, and developed with the support of Duncan Felton, James Fahy, Adelaide Rief and Lucy Nelson. Since its earliest events, Scissors Paper Pen has worked with a vision to support young and emerging writers under the age of 35 in the ACT region.

The collective holds a strong belief in writers from the ACT and surrounds, and offer a space for writers to grow their voices by presenting opportunities for development, networks and publication. Scissors Paper Pen was the 2011 and 2012 Winner of Express Media’s best new project or work by a young person or young people in the ACT, and the recipient of a 2013 Canberra Critics Circle Award.

Who We Are

Shu-Ling Chua – co-Director

Shu-Ling Chua is a Canberra-based writer. Her work has appeared in FeminartsyPeril MagazineSeizureThe Lifted BrowPencilled In and other publications and was highly commended in the Feminartsy Memoir Prize 2017. She was previously producer of Noted Writers Festival and Voiceworks nonfiction editor, and selected for the 2015 HARDCOPY manuscript development program. She tweets at @hellopollyanna and is grateful to Scissors Paper Pen for her first writing break.


Cara Foster – co-Director

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Cara Foster is the co-founder and former editor of Burley literary journal. She has also been an editor for Block Journal and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, a general wordsmith for the Frocktober Canberra charity campaign, a marketing officer for Corinbank Festival and the publicity director for The Cambridge Globalist.


Abra Pressler – Content co-Coordinator

Abra Pressler writes fiction from her home in Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) from RMIT University, and in previous lives she’s been a chocolate shop girl, grain processor, burger-flipper, hotel maid, and for a while, an English tutor in the south of France. From 2012 – 2015, she edited fiction for GORE journal. When she’s not writing, Abra works in Project Management. For updates on her cats, you can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.


Roan Scott – Content co-Coordinator 

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Roan Scott is a Canberra born writer and student, currently studying a Bachelor of Policy Studies with a major in Gender at ANU after completing a year of a Bachelor of Gender and Diversity at UC. They have previously also studied Mental Health and Sound Production at CIT. They have regularly written on their blog about their experiences with mental illness and feminism from 2013, and have contributed a number of non fiction pieces on topics such as mental illness, politics and sexuality to Lip Magazine beginning in 2014. More recently they have conducted interviews with local Canberra artists and written reviews of local Canberra shows, also for Lip Magazine. Their non writing achievements include helping to set up the Youth in ACTion Suicide Prevention Network in Canberra in 2013, and being active President of Rainbow UC, the University of Canberra’s queer society, in 2015. They are an active and enthusiastic audience member at a variety of local arts events, and can’t wait to connect and collaborate over the coming year as part of the SPP team.

Prior Pen People

Alice Grundy (Storytelling)

Andrew Galan (Poetry, Debate)

Anthony Eaton (Panel)

Ashley Orr (Storytelling)

Bronwen Manger (Poetry)

The Burley Griffin (Music)

Cara Foster (Storytelling)

Cathy Petocz (Music)

Chris Endrey (Debate)

Daddy Issues artists (Live Art)

David Henley (Panel)

David Pope (Panel)

Drew Walky (Music)

Eleri Mai Harris (Debate)

Hal Judge (Poetry)

Impro ACT (Impro)

Irma Gold (Storytelling)

Jacqueline Bradley (Panel)

Jessie George (Music)

Julian Fleetwood (Panel)

Julia Johnson (Music)

Julia Winterflood (Debate)

Lydia Monzo (Music)

Mia Ching (Panel)

Michaela McGuire (Panel)

Nigel Featherstone (Panel)

Randall Stephens (Poetry)

Rafe Morris (Music)

Reuben Ingall (Music)

Samuel Townsend (Debate)

Susannah Helman (Panel)

Will Small (Poetry)

Women of Letters

Yolande Norris (Panel)

Vanessa Little (Panel)

Zoe Konovalov (Poetry)


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