Sam_bio3 (2)Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based freelance writer. Sam was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2015, and a Melbourne City of Literature Travel Fund grant. In 2016 she was a writer in residence at the RMIT Urban Writing House. She reviews books for The Big Issue, and has interned for the Emerging Writers’ Festival 2012 and Melbourne Writers Festival 2013. She has been marketing coordinator and social media intern for Kill Your Darlings. She was an official Emerging Blogger for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival in 2012, and a blogging partner of Overload Poetry Festival in 2010 and 2011. Sam has appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, NonfictioNOW, National Young Writers Festival, the Digital Writers’ Festival, Noted, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, RMIT’s Present Tense talks, and The Wheeler Centre. She completed her Honours year at RMIT in 2014, writing about food and memory. Her creative nonfiction work-in-progress, Eating With My Mouth Open, was shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, shortlisted for the 2015 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and her essay ‘But still…’ was shortlisted for the 2016 Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Experimental Non-fiction Prize and the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards.

She was Online Editor for Writers Bloc 2013-2015.

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