Melanie Joosten is a writer who lives in Melbourne. Her first novel, Berlin Syndrome (2011) saw her named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome is currently being turned into a film with a screenplay by Shaun Grant, to be directed by Cate Shortland.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), a Master of Arts (Editing) and a Master of Social Work. She has had work published in Best Australian Stories 2014, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and Sleepers Almanac. She is a recipient of grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria and residencies from Writing Australia and Varuna.
Melanie is currently working on a collection of essays titled A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age, which will be published by Scribe in May 2016.