Jennifer Bryce

Jennifer regards herself as an apprentice writer. She’s now reached a stage in her life where she has the courage to commit herself to writing and to devote time to practising the craft.

Jennifer has been involved in music throughout her life, mainly as an oboist. She says that the discipline of music practice helps her to be a disciplined writer.

She has published a novel, Lily Campbell’s Secret, based in Woodend, where she used to live, a town about 50 km north west of Melbourne. The story is set around the time of WWI. She has now completed the manuscript of her second novel, which has the working title: Edith Ascending. Mid 2022, this was succssfully pitched to a publisher and is under consideration. Jennifer is currently working on a collection of short stories centred around playing the oboe and to help her complete this, has, through Kill Your Darlings, won a mentorship with writer Ceridwen Dovey. Jennifer will be working with Ceridwen from February to July 2023.

Jennifer has a blog on her website Little Smackerel. The blog contains reviews of books, plays, concerts and films, and some of Jennifer’s short fiction, and travel writing.

Some of Jennifer’s recent accomplishments: seven stories published in the Elwood Writers anthology, Every Second Tuesday; a story published in American Writers Review and another in the anthology The Sky Falls Down, edited by Terry Whitebeach and Gina Mercer; an honourable mention in the 2020 Port Stephens Short Story Competition; a first place in the 2019 Continuum Short Story Competition;  short-listing for the 2018 Alan Marshall competition and an honourable mention in the 2012 Henry Handel Richardson Competition. Her stories have been read on Cover to Cover on Vision Australia Radio. She has also had nonfiction work published and she has a PhD in Education.

Jennifer is a founding member of Elwood Writers, formed in 2007. She treasures the advice and support from her Elwood Writers colleagues.