Katie Found is a Melbourne-based writer, focused on building empathy around mental illness through the arts.

She was invited to join the Australian Writers' Guild's Pathways Program in 2016, after her screenplay 'It Will Peck You' won the Monte Miller Award at the 2016 AWGIES. Prior to that, her short film 'The Widow', which she wrote and directed, received funding from Screen NSW, was developed through Metro Screen's First Breaks Program, and screened at film festivals nationally and internationally, including POWFest, BoFA Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival and Cause Film Festival, where it was awarded 'Best Film', and all winnings were donated to the film's partner organisation, Carers Australia. 'The Widow' premiered online through Film Shortage. Watch it here!

Getting her start in theatre, Katie's first play, 'Wait', was awarded 'Best Play' at MudFest, Australia's largest student arts festival, and she was awarded 'Best Director' and nominated for 'Best Writer'. Her subsequent play 'Narcissus' was well received at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Her prose, poetry and nonfiction work has featured in Kill Your Darlings journalThe Teenage HeadThe Writers' Bloc, Dumbo Feather magazine, The Age, Huffington Post, Concrete Playground and several other publications.