About the Writer

Sharon Willdin was raised in regional NSW and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. 

 

She writes across genres and refuses to give into the notion that writers need to limit themselves to a certain style and market.  Typically her stories are engaging, satirical, philosophical and subversive. They often use humour as a device and feature layers of meaning.

 

Sharon writes for film, TV and theatre.  She writes microlit, short stories and creative non-fiction.  

 

Some of her work includes:

  • '12 Hollis Avenue,' winner of the Olga Masters Short Story Award 2015.  The story was published in the Weekend Australian, 2-3 January 2016. 

  • 'Salted Caramels'  in Melbourne University's Antithesis Journal, October 2016.

  • 'Legacy of the Female Factory' in New York University's Anamesa Journal, December 2016. This short story was a finalist for the Woollahra Digital Literary Award, 2017.

  • 'The Creator' in Open Thought Vortex, 21 May 2017.

  • 'Driftwood' in 101 Words, 24 October, 2017.

  • 'Reverie,' a finalist for the Joanne Burns Microlit Award, 2017.  The story is featured in Spineless Wonders: Time Anthology and also in Chicago Literati

  • 'Treatise on Morality: A play in One Act ' in the Spring edition of the Brooklyn Review, 2018.  

  • 'Barrio Português,' a finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Shorts Award 2018, published in Hemingway Shorts, Vol 3 2018.

  • 'The Foundations of Existentialism and the Metaphysics of Morals' in Chaleur Magazine, September 2018.

  • 'Dead End' published in Fall: Fiction Anthology.  Online Edition Released October. Print Edition Released November 2018.

  • 'First World Dilemma' published in Pure Slush - Sloth, November 2018.

  • 'Homecoming' in The Esthetic Apostle, 12 October 2018. This story also made the Visible Ink short-list in 2018.

  • 'Clowns Anonymous,' premiered at the Noosa International Film Festival October 2017.  It has been chosen as finalist in the Wollongong Film Festival November 2017; the Short to the Point International Film Festival 2018; the Portland Comedy Film Festival March 2018;  Show Us Your Shorts at the Warburton Film Festival June 2018;  the Melbourne Underground Film Festival October 2018.  It received a special mention in the London World-Wide Comedy Film Festival 2018 and an awarded in the Canada Shorts Film Festival 2018. Recently selected in the Cardiff Mini Film Festival, 2019 and Best Open Film in Goulburn Short Reel Film Festival, 2019.

  • 'Core of My Heart,' chosen as a finalist in the Shortstacks Short Film Award will premiere at the State Library of NSW on 12 June 2019.

  • 'L'appel Du Vide,' published in Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, 1 August 2019.

  • 'Satellites,' is awarded in the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society Competition, August 2019.

  • The novella, 'Satellites,' is short-listed for the Varuna Publisher Introduction Program, May 2020.

  • The short story, 'Satellites,' is published in One Surviving Story, July 2020. 

Sharon has experienced a diverse life, complete with times of trauma and success. These experiences influence her perceptions and colour her work with complexity. 

Raised in a housing commission property in Goulburn, NSW she always wanted to write but financial necessity dictated otherwise. Sharon left school at fifteen to work full time in an industrial kitchen and at seventeen she moved to Sydney alone to support herself. 

Despite her early educational disadvantage, she worked full-time and studied full-time.  Sharon is now a graduate from both the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney and she is a dual graduate from both the University of New South Wales and the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She holds Graduate Diplomas in Creative Writing, Screenwriting (Film and TV), Education, Librarianship and undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Australian Studies (History, English, Theatre and Film).

Sharon has worked in many fields including Gynae-Oncology.  She is an experienced primary school teacher, librarian and chef.  Presently, Sharon is raising her young son.