Helena Pastor

Helena, a Dutch-Australian writer, has had a number of short stories and essays published in various Australian journals including Griffith REVIEW, Westerly, Island, HecateVerity La. Through her work as an emerging writer of creative nonfiction, she interweaves the personal with the topical to produce humane, reader-friendly accounts of life in our community. Her two memoir manuscripts have attracted numerous awards, most notably two Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Mentorships, five residencies at Varuna Writers’ House (including a 2010 HarperCollins Varuna Award), and two Artist-in-Residence positions at Bundanon. Helena blogs about the writing process at