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Melanie Schuijers is a writer, lyricist, and psychologist working on Boonwurrung country. She has penned a song that charted in the top twenty, won an independent music award, written music for film and television, published poetry, and published academically. She studied creative writing and literature at The University of Melbourne and engaged in a writing course taught by Hannah Kent and Rebecca Stanford at Kill Your Darlings. She was selected for the 2022 Writing a Novel program with Emily Bitto and Sophie Cunningham at Faber Writing Academy where she worked on her debut fiction novel, Bellyheart. She was also selected for a 2023 Kill Your Darlings mentorship with poet Omar Sakr where she is working on a poetry collection titled Aquarium

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