About the WordFam Leaders

The WordFam is a community, and every community needs people at its head. They might be called leaders, coordinators, moderators, or admins. Previously, they were affectionately known as WordParents. Now we know them as our Family Heads, who lead our way forward and watch over the whole group, and Family Arms, who reach out and look after more focussed responsibilities

They’re here to guide, facilitate, organise, coordinate, and moderate our wonderful group and its activities. They make sure the WordFam stays true to its values and goals, and moves forward in the right direction.

The WordFam leaders are a small, diverse team who work together closely to make the WordFam wonderful.

Family Heads


Kess is a technical writer currently living in Brisbane, Australia. She has a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and has been a professional writer for more than 17 years. She started writing stories when she was old enough to hold a pen, and writes across a spectrum of speculative fiction. She has been running writing community events and groups for over 15 years.


Roo has been helping people make the most out of their words for more than 10 years. Roo has supported fiction writers as a NaNoWriMo ML since 2016, and has supported factual writers as a court reporter and legal services manager since 2013. He is yet to meet a plot bunny he hasn’t wanted to pet.

Family Arms


Pokestine is a hobby writer who particularly likes fantasy and world building. She also dabbles in fanfiction and other transformative works. She prioritises writing for fun instead of for profit so tends to pick up new projects constantly and someday she’ll even finish one of them.


Caz is an aspiring contemporary romance author and small business owner. She authored a blog for years, then turned to fiction and has never looked back. After discovering NaNoWriMo in 2018, she brought together a small group of writers and became an ML in 2020.


Sean (aka Siamau) is a speculative fiction writer with his head so high in the clouds that all the brainstorming made his hair go curly. His real-world alter ego is a town planner who has been writing non-fiction worldbuilding reports for about 10 years. He has dabbled in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and became an ML for the Gold Coast region in 2020.


Jade is a speculative fiction writer who has been dabbling in the craft for fifteen years. After publishing her first book in 2018, she is now working on a queer fiction series. Jade delights in magic, spaceships and healthy, functional relationships. She believes that stories are at the heart of human growth and connection and loves nothing more than having a good gasbag about the craft of storytelling.