Jan Sardi, new President of Australian Writers’ Guild

Acclaimed screenwriter Jan Sardi has been elected President of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Sardi replaces Tim Pye, who held the role for four years.

In a statement, Sardi said, “I’m honoured to have been given this opportunity to represent our nation’s storytellers as President of the Australian Writers’ Guild, an organisation I’ve been a proud member of for thirty years.”

“Under Tim Pye’s presidency, the Guild has grown to become one of our leading industry organisations and I look forward to following his lead and contributing to the vital role the Guild plays in promoting the craft, status and conditions of Australian performance writers.”

Sardi, who spoke at EncoreLive’s Question Time on Tuesday, wrote, 1997’s Shine, the Australian/UK coproduction Love’s Brother, and adapted hits The Notebook and Mao’s Last Dancer. His current projects include adaptations of Kate Grenville’s Secret River and Tracey Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures.


  1. Dave
    9 Jun 11
    11:26 am

  2. I did a writing workshop with Jan many moons ago, and his wisdom and down-to-earth advice about the craft of screenwriting continues to inspire me today. Good on you, Jan!