Craig Munro

Craig Munro is a biographer, book historian and publishing editor as well as the founding chair of the Queensland Writers Centre. His award-winning biography Wild Man of Letters: The Story of P.R. Stephensen was published to wide acclaim. He was UQP fiction editor (1973-80) and then publishing manager (1983 to 2000). As an editor of both fiction and non-fiction, Craig Munro has worked with a diverse range of writers including Peter Carey, David Malouf, Olga Masters, Murray Bail, Roger McDonald, Barbara Hanrahan, Nicholas Jose, Ross Fitzgerald and Donald Horne. In 1985 he won the Barbara Ramsden Award for Editing and in 2010 the Johnno Award for his contribution to writing. He was awarded a Literature Board writing grant in 2010 and recently completed a publishing memoir Editor at Large. He is currently working on Under Cover, a collection of profiles of Australian book editors, and on a biography of critic and publisher AG Stephens (1865–1933). In his role as UQP publishing manager, Craig Munro was responsible for staff training and mentoring younger editors and was invited by the Queensland Society of Editors to take part in the society’s CAL-funded editorial mentoring project (2008–10).

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Editor Mentors, Fiction

Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter is a novelist and critic with over twenty years experience in the world of publishing, and the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Legacy, Hold, and A Common Loss. Her approach to mentoring involves identifying and building on the storytelling strengths of a manuscript, with a focus on narrative structure and voice. Kirsten has taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, UTS, the NSW Writers’ Centre and literary festivals across Australia. Since the early 1990s Kirsten has worked as a freelance manuscript assessor and editor for organisations including leading agency Australian Literary Management. Kirsten brings expertise in a wide range of genres from literary fiction to genre fiction including sci-fi, fantasy, and romance.

Kirsten is available to work via email.

Availability: via email

Categories: Contemporary Women's Genre Fiction, Fiction, Speculative Fiction

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Stuart MacDonald

Stuart MacDonald has spent more than three decades in publishing management, initially in the UK, and since the mid-eighties here in Australia, where he has held directorships with a number of publishers including HarperCollins, Harlequin and Dorling Kindersley. He has spoken at conferences here and overseas, and has lectured for a number of publishing organisations and educational institutions. He is experienced in guiding authors both through the creative writing process and through the publishing/sales/marketing process. His broad experience of manuscript assessment, and of assisting, mentoring and motivating writers and students of creative writing, ranges from business books, self-help and autobiography to romance,  serious fiction and poetry.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Fiction, Poetry, Self-help

Keith Stevenson

Keith Stevenson has been working as an editor in the speculative fiction genre for ten years, firstly as editor of Australia’s longest running SF and Fantasy Magazine, Aurealis, and more recently as publishing editor with coeur de lion publishing (, a Sydney-based speculative ficition publisher whose publications have won numerous awards and accolades here and overseas. Keith is also a spec fic reviewer and the host and producer of the Parsec Award nominated Terra Incognita Australian Speculative Fiction Podcast ( A published speculative fiction author, Keith brings his critical skills as a publisher editor, reviewer and writer immersed in the SF, Fantasy and Horror genres to the mentorship program.

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Categories: Fiction, Speculative Fiction

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Leonie Tyle

Leonie Tyle has been dedicated to children’s literature as a librarian, reviewer, speaker, editor and publisher. She was Children’s & Young Adult Publisher at University of Queensland Press and established Woolshed Press, a children’s literary imprint for Random House Australia. Both lists have won many awards including the inaugural Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Literature.

She is currently a Partner in Tyle&Bateson Publishing, a multi-faceted publishing services enterprise. Leonie does sessional teaching at Queensland University of Technology. She is the currently one of 3 judges for the Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award & a judge for the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award.

Leonie has worked with many of Australia’s finest authors and illustrators including Steven Herrick, James Moloney, Brian Caswell, James Roy, Gregory Rogers, David Mackintosh, Stella Danalis, Anthony Eaton, Bill Condon, Christine Bongers, Nette Hilton, Samuel Wagan Watson, Celeste Walters and Doris Pilkington Garimara.

She has a passion for literature and believes in encouraging and providing an environment for her authors and illustrators to produce their most imaginative and creative work.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Editor Mentors, Fiction, Picture Books, Speculative Fiction

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Brook Emery

Brook Emery has published three poetry collections, and dug my fingers in the sand (FIP 2000), which won the Queensland Premier’s Prize, Misplaced Heart (FIP 2003), and Uncommon Light (FIP 2007). All three were short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize. Individual poems have won the Newcastle Poetry Prize, The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, the Max Harris Award, and the Australian Sports Poetry Award. He has held various scholarships, writers grants and residences. He has taught, mentored, and conducted workshops at University, School and Community levels. He has been Chairperson of the Poets Union since 2003.

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Categories: Poetry

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth has published more than twenty books for both adult and children, which have been published in thirteen different countries, including Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain, Poland and Indonesia. She has taught creative writing from primary to tertiary levels for over ten years, including ‘Writing for Children’ at Sydney University, and has run writing retreats in Fiji and Greece. She mentors for the ASA Mentorship Program, and for the NSW Writers’ Centre and the Central West Writers’ Group.

Availability: via email

Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Fiction, Speculative Fiction

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Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of three novels and two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays have been published widely including in The Monthly, Sunday Life and The Sydney Morning Herald. Emily has been twice highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award for novelists under 30 and was a finalist for the 2006 International Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2010, she was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Emily has an MA in literature, teaches creative writing to children and teenagers and frequently mentors beginning and emerging writers.

Emily is available to work in person as well as via phone.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Fiction, Literature, Non-fiction, Speculative Fiction

Pamela Cook

Pamela Cook writes Rural Fiction novels (Hachette) featuring feisty women, tangled family relationships and a dash of romance. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Her following novels were Essie’s Way (2013) and Close To Home (2015) and her fourth book, The Crossroads was released in December 2016. Her next book will be Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Pamela has taught writing workshops since 2005 and a number of her students have been published. She particularly enjoys working with new writers and helping them get to ‘The End’.

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Categories: Contemporary Women's Genre Fiction, Fiction

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Nicola O’Shea

Nicola O’Shea has been working as a book editor in Australian publishing since 1995. She worked in-house at HarperCollins Publishers for many years; and as a freelance editor now works for a range of publishers including HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Allen & Unwin, Random House, Hachette Australia. She also teaches editing at UTS and Sydney University. She edits both adult and YA fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Childrens and YA Fiction, Editor Mentors, Fiction

Diana Giese

Diana Giese has worked for publishers large and small, including Macmillan, Oxford University Press, HarperEducational and Brandl & Schlesinger, in Australia and overseas. She has collaborated with many writers to help them develop their best possible work, and produced and promoted prize-winners and excellent sellers. She is the author of six books, including Astronauts, Lost Souls and Dragons (University of Queensland Press), Beyond Chinatown (National Library of Australia) and A better place to live (Freshwater Bay Press). She has also worked as a literary journalist for major newspapers and ABC radio, and served on writers’ festival and prize committees. Two recent mentorees have had their books published in late 2013 and are now selling well. Diana is ready to help you write, produce and market memoirs, fiction and history, across a table or via phone and email, from Sydney.

Diana is available to work in person as well as via phone or email.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Editor Mentors, Fiction, History, Non-fiction

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Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly is a playwright and teacher with numerous national and international productions of his plays. These include LivingstoneComplicity and The Private Visions of Gottfried Kellner, which won the 2000 Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE for Best Australian Play. His play Kafka Dances was the play that brought Cate Blanchett to national attention, and is one of the most internationally produced Australian plays of the last two decades. It has won many national and international awards. Beach: A Theatrical Fantasia, performed at NIDA, is the largest-cast Australian play ever produced. His latest play, Derrida In Love, had its world premiere at the Ensemble Theatre in March 2007. Timothy has written extensively for radio, his radio work having been broadcast in seven countries.


Categories: Film and Television, Theatre

Linda Funnell

Linda Funnell is a publisher and editor specialising in fiction and memoir. She has taught courses in publishing, editing and writing for UTS, the ASA and the NSW Writers’ Centre.

For ten years she was a publisher with HarperCollins, where she worked with authors including Janette Turner Hospital, Steven Carroll, Colleen McCullough, Jon Cleary, Belinda Alexandra, Diane Armstrong, Jill Roe and Geraldine Brooks. She also ran the annual HarperCollins/Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development in conjunction with Varuna, the Writers’ House.

Prior to joining HarperCollins she was Fiction Publisher at Random House, and prior to that, Managing Editor at Pan Macmillan. For seven years she worked with legendary literary agent, the late Rosemary Creswell.

In March 2012 she and Jean Bedford founded the free online book review the Newtown Review of Books.

In 2014 and 2017 Linda was a mentor for the Residential Editorial Program, a week-long intensive for mid-career editors funded by the Australia Council and the Australian Publishers Association.

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Categories: Editor Mentors, Fiction, History, Literature, Memoir & Family History

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Eleanor Limprecht

Eleanor Limprecht is the author of two novels, What Was Left (shortlisted for the 2014 ALS Gold Medal) and Long Bay. Her third novel, Birds & Ships is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin in 2018. She writes contemporary and historical fiction, essays, book reviews and short fiction. Her short stories have been in Best Australian Stories 2015, Sleepers Almanacs, and Kill Your Darlings. She teaches creative writing at UTS, where she received her Doctorate of Creative Arts in Writing. Eleanor enjoys the process of helping shape a manuscript and has experience transforming extensive research into prose.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Fiction, History

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Lliane Clarke

Lliane Clarke is an experienced publisher, writer, ghost-writer, editor and journalist with over 20 years of experience in publishing in print and online. She has a passion for story-telling and helping writers to bring to life the stories they want to tell.

Lliane has managed major authors across a variety of genres from biography, cookery and crime and has commissioned titles for markets in Australia and the UK. She has written and created trade and custom publishing titles for companies such as New Hobsons Press, New Holland Publishers International, Bauer Media Books, Emap Media Magazines and others. She runs non-fiction manuscript assessment sessions for the NSW Writers Centre and presents non-fiction titles on behalf of authors to publishers such as Hardie Grant, Allen and Unwin/Murdoch, Random House Penguin and New Holland Publishers amongst others. Lliane is also an experienced communications professional with extensive experience in developing publicity campaigns.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, History, Non-fiction, Self-help

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Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna is the author of the multi award-winning novel The Incredible Here and Now, and its stage adaptation which will premiere at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. Her collection of short stories Small Indiscretions was named an ABR book of the year. Her work has appeared on ABC Radio and TV as well as in national journals and newspapers. She holds a PhD from Western Sydney University, has served as the National Ambassador for Literacy and is currently a director at WestWords. She has taught creative writing all around Australia and currently runs the storytelling series Studio Stories. Her next novel No More Boats is forthcoming in June.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Essays, Fiction, Short Stories, Travel

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Amanda Hampson

Amanda Hampson is the bestselling author of The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road and The French Perfumer (Penguin) and was recently shortlisted for the Australian Writers’ Guild Prime Time Screenwriting Competition. Amanda has taught both memoir and fiction writing at NSW Writers’ Centre, Sydney Community College and Sydney Writers’ Festival. Over the past seven years, she has mentored aspiring and established authors; her areas of expertise are quality, commercial fiction and self-published memoir. She will work with you make your story compelling through pacing, foreshadowing, structure, character development and an authentic plot.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Contemporary Women's Genre Fiction, Editor Mentors, Fiction

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