Mark Mordue

Mark Mordue was awarded a 1992 Human Rights Media Award for his journalism and was founding editor of Australian Style 1992-97. His work is published internationally. He was the 2001 Asialink writer-in-residence at Beijing University and is the best-selling author of Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip, first published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2001 and released in the USA through Hawthorne Books. Mark teaches Creative Non-Fiction and Narrative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Preferred genres: non-fiction, literary travel, pop culture, new journalism, biography/memoir.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Non-fiction

Greg Woodland

Greg Woodland has been a writer and director for 20 years. His directing work spans short films, documentaries, educational and corporate dramas, music videos and TV commercials. His writing includes feature scripts, short films and hundreds of script assessments. Greg’s independent short films include the 1999 Dendy Award winner, Your Turn, and the award-winning black comedies Tripe,Sharky’s Party and Green. These films have been screened at festivals in North America and Europe and programmed by Channel 4 UK, Canal Plus France, Katalina TV Spain, the ABC and SBS. Greg has also worked as a script consultant and script editor for nine years and been an assessor for most of the Australian film funding bodies and the NZFC. He has three feature screenplays in development, The Visitor and Pangs as writer/director, and Coming Down to Earth as director.

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Categories: Theatre

Laura Daniel

Laura Daniel has been involved in writing, editing, and other aspects of publishing on and off for more than forty years, since 1968, and has worked with a wide variety of material. Writing under various names, she has authored books and articles on history, social and cultural issues, nature, and travel, and has contributed to several encyclopaedias and partworks, writing in a range of genres and on a wide range of subjects including nature, history, philosophy, religion, cooking, and a plethora of trivia. As an editor and mentor in manuscript development, she has worked on both fiction and non-fiction books and magazine articles. In fiction, she has worked across many genres from romance through adventure to religious and philosophical fiction.

Availability: in person, via email, via skype

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

Sylvia Martin

Sylvia Martin is the author of two biographies, Passionate Friends: Mary FullertonMabel Singleton and Miles Franklin (2001), which was shortlisted for the Independent Scholars’ Association Book Prize (2002), and Ida Leeson: A Life (2006). She has also published autobiographical essays and academic articles in journals such as MeanjinWomen’s History ReviewHecate and Life Writing. An experienced manuscript assessor of non-fiction and fiction for a major assessment service, she holds a PhD in Women’s Studies/Historical and Cultural Studies and has supervised and examined theses containing creative writing elements. An undergraduate unit she designed on Auto/biography is offered in the writing program at Southern Cross University. Her particular interests are Australian literature and the history of sexuality. Preferred genres: non-fiction, especially women’s autobiography, biography and memoir.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Non-fiction

David Henley

David M Henley is the author of The Hunt for Pierre Jnr (2013), Manifestations (2014) as well as The Museum of Unnatural History and Bumbly Goes Forth. The third book in his science fiction epic will be released by HarperCollins in 2015. He has been working in trade publishing for the last fifteen years, across a great many roles including editorial, marketing and production and consulted for publishers of all sizes. David is also one of the founders of Seizure and dedicates a large portion of his life to supporting early career writers and editors. As an author he has worked with small publishers, self-published and is now with one of the Big 5 and he brings this broad perspective to all writing projects he consults on.

Specialising in long, complicated narratives and plot doctoring.

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Categories: Experimental, Literature, Speculative Fiction

Personal Website: www.pierrejnr.com

Brian Cook

Brian Cook owns and operates the Manuscript Appraisal Agency. He has been involved in publishing for over 33 years and much of that time has been spent with a focus on books for children and young people. As Children’s Publisher at HarperCollins he led the development of the HarperCollins children’s list. He has had years of experience in the international market place in sales and acquisition of both adult and children’s books.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Editor Mentors, Non-fiction

Margaret Hamilton AM

Margaret Hamilton AM has been a librarian, bookseller and publisher. In 1987 she left her position as Publishing Director at Hodder & Stoughton Australia to establish Margaret Hamilton Books, which developed an international reputation for quality children’s books and won many awards, both in Australia and overseas. The company became a division of Scholastic Australia in 1996 and Margaret retired from full-time publishing in 2001. Margaret now provides publishing services on a freelance basis. She also reviews children’s books, conducts consultations and mentorships with authors and illustrators and runs regular courses on Creating Children’s Picture Books at Pinerolo, The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains.

Availability: in person, via email

Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Non-fiction, Picture Books

Personal Website: www.pinerolo.com.au

Louise Wareham Leonard

Louise Wareham Leonard has written three novels, with her most recent, 52 Men, forthcoming in the U.S.A. Her first novel Since You Ask (Akashic Books, New York 2004) won the U.S.A’s  James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel. Her second Miss Me A Lot Of (July 2007, Victoria University Press, New Zealand) was short-listed for the Prize in Modern Letters. Louise has lived in Sydney, Brisbane and outback Western Australia and is now based in New York. Her work is most often praised for its control, style, delicate plotting and emotional impact. She is an experienced editor and mentor with a BA from Columbia College in New York and an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Her recent mentee, Amanda Ortlepp, who worked with Louise via the NSWWC mentorship program has recently been signed by Simon & Schuster for a two book contract. Her NSWWC mentee Geoff Woodland initially self-published his novel after an edit with Louise, then had this novel Triangle Trade picked up by Pen & Sword in the U.K.

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

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 (www.coeurdelion.com.au), 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 (www.tisf.com.au). 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

Personal Website: www.keithstevenson.com

Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter is a novelist and literary critic with over twenty years experience in the world of publishing, and the author of the internationally published, critically acclaimed novels A Common Loss and The Legacy. Kirsten completed a PhD in English Literature at Rutgers University in 2008 and has taught creative writing at 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 organizations 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, romance and young adult, as well as non-fiction.

Kirsten is available to work via email and Skype.

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

Lizz Murphy

Lizz Murphy is the Co-winner of the 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize, and y has published eleven books including six volumes of poetry. Her seventh volume Miniatures will be released by PressPress mid-2012. She also works with poetry in public art and art & text. Lizz has over fifteen years experience
facilitating writing workshops, mentoring and editing. She enjoys seeing poets meet their full potential and thinks it’s a privilege to play a part
in facilitating that development. She is open to individual needs eg advice on finalizing a draft manuscript, advice on developing a manuscript to final
draft, assistance compiling and developing a manuscript, critical feedback or guidance on individual poems for a manuscript, other…

Availability: in person, by phone, via email, via skype

Categories: Poetry

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

Les Wicks

Les Wicks has written eight books of poetry. He runs one of the best-known poetry workshop templates across the country and has often applied this expertise to a one-on-one situation. He is known for his friendly, constructive approach to the mentee’s material. The emphasis is always on the practical in what is marked as a highly professional process punctuated with a few laughs.

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Categories: Poetry

Terry Dowling

Terry Dowling is one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. His books include Rynosseros, Blue Tyson and Twilight Beach (the “Tom Rynosseros saga”), The Man Who Lost RedAntique Futures: The Best of Terry Dowling andBlackwater Days, and the best-selling computer adventures Schizm: Mysterious Journey and Mysterious Journey 2: Chameleon. Peter McNamara considers Terry to be “Australia’s premier fantasist”, while the multi-award-winning US genre newspaper Locus has called him “the most noted prose stylist in Australian speculative fiction” and “Australia’s finest writer of horror”.

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Categories: Speculative Fiction

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

Mark Macleod

Mark Macleod is well known as an award-winning publisher and speaker. For many years he co-ordinated undergraduate and postgraduate courses in contemporary literature at Macquarie University. He was Children’s Publishing Director at Random House Australia for ten years and then published books for adults and young readers under his own name imprint at Hodder Headline Australia for over five years. In 2001, he won the Children’s Book Council’s Lady Cutler Award and in 2003 the Australian Publishers Association Pixie O’Harris Award for services to children’s literature. In 2004 he was Project Manager of the ABC’s “My Favourite Book” and in 2005 worked for Omnibus Books and the University of Newcastle. He was National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2005-2006 and works as a freelance editor, television production consultant and speaker.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction

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.

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Categories: Film and Television, Theatre

Julie Chevalier

Julie Chevalier is a prize-winning poet and short story writer with a Masters in Writing from UTS. Permission to Lie, a collection of her short stories is being released in May 2011 by Spineless Wonders (www.shortaustralian stories.com.au).  linen tough as history, her first poetry collection, has been accepted by Puncher & Wattman for publication in 2011.  Workshops she has taught for NSWWC and SCWC include courses taught by e-mail.  She likes providing detailed comments on poems and short stories because it can quickly help someone improve one piece of writing.  She will provide writing exercises for people seeking inspiration.  She has also mentored people through exciting sustained writing projects.  Julie has a preference to work in person but can work  via phone or email.

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Categories: Fiction, Poetry

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. www.emilymaguire.com.au

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

Availability: in person, by phone

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

Patti Miller

Patti Miller is the author of six books – two best-selling writing texts, two memoir, one award-winning narrative non-fiction and one novel – as well as numerous articles and short stories. Her new narrative non-fiction, Ransacking Paris, comes out in 2015. She has mentored the development of hundreds of writers and more than thirty have been commercially published. She has also worked directly with publishers on the development of manuscripts. She has been teaching writing classes since 1984 – at universities, writers’ centres, for community groups around Australia and in Paris – and has specialized in teaching ‘life-writing’ since 1991. See www.lifestories.com.au for more information.

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History

Nette Hilton

Nette Hilton has been writing books for children, young adults and adults for over twenty years. Her work includes many short-listed and award winning titles and several of her works have been translated into many languages. ‘Proper Little Lady’ is now listed as an Australian classic having been in print since 1992, as is ‘The Web’. Later work includes ‘Sprite Downberry’ (Harpercollins 2008) which had been short-listed for both the 2009 NSW and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. ‘Pyro Watson’ (Random House, 2009) is listed as a Notable by the Children’s Book Council 2010.‘My Silent World’ (Hachette, 2009), is a White Raven – a prestigious award presented to books selected at the Bologna Children’s Book Festival, 2010. ‘The Smallest Bilby’ books have similarly been awarded the White Raven for excellence in children’s books. ‘The Innocents’, August 2010, had been listed with a five star review in the Australian Bookseller and Publisher (August edition) and has a film option. Currently she is working on an Australia Council Literature grant to complete a novel for Young Adults which deals with secret histories. She is also working up illustrations for her newest picture book – ‘Fox and Hen, A Love Story’. With as many years working as an author she is well placed to provide realistic and supportive feedback and constructive help for new authors.

Details of other books are on her website and more workshop/mentorship information is listed here.

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Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, Fiction

Personal Website: www.nettehilton.com.au

Barry Oakley

Barry Oakley is the author of five novels, including the best selling Salute to the Great McCarthy and the award-winning Let’s Hear It for Prendergast, which won the Captain Cook Bicentenary Prize for Fiction. Walking Through Tigerland, his collection of short stories, has been republished twice. His plays (including The Feet of Daniel Mannix and Bedfellows) helped initiate the beginnings of Australian drama at the Pram Factory, Melbourne, in the 1970s. Barry was Literary Editor of The Australian for 10 years, and Minitudes (his diaries 1974-97) was published in 2001. His last novel Don’t Leave Me was published in 2002 by Text. Barry is an experienced mentor.

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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

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

Peter Meredith

Peter Meredith has been editing and writing non-fiction professionally for more than 35 years. As a journalist he worked on the staff of Australian, British and Southern African newspapers and magazines, both writing and editing. The books he has authored include Myles and Milo (a biography, published by Allen & Unwin in 1999), which received an honourable mention in Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Centre awards in 1999), two travel books, several corporate histories and a ghostwritten travel/adventure book, Two Below Zero (published by Australian Geographic in 1996). The books he has edited include:Extreme South (true-life adventure, published by Australian Geographic, 2000); Going Home: Families Living with Alzheimer’s (medical, published 2000); Palms in Australia (horticulture, published by Reed Books, 1996); Freshwater Fishes of S-E Australia (biology, published by Reed Books, 1996).

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Categories: Autobiography Memoir and Family History, Non-fiction

Andy Kissane

Andy Kissane is an award-winning poet and novelist who has published three books of poetry, one novel and a book of short stories, The Swarm, which was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the winner of the 2013 Fish International Poetry Prize and is the current Coriole National Wine Poet, with six of his poems featuring on the back label of their cabernet shiraz. His latest poetry collection, Out to Lunch was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry. He taught creative writing for eight years at UTS, Macquarie, UWS and most recently at UNSW (2007-2009). During that time he supervised eight postgraduate writing students who were writing novels as part of Masters or PhDs. In working one-on-one with writers, Andy has developed a range of skills in guiding the development of work from its first draft to a finished manuscript. He is currently working on a new book of short stories and a fourth collection of poetry and is particularly interested in mentoring writers of short stories or poetry. http://andykissane.com

Availability: in person, by phone, via email

Categories: Fiction, Poetry, Short Fiction

Personal Website: http://andykissane.com

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

Personal Website: www.kateforsyth.com.au

Greg Bastian

Greg Bastian is well-establishlished author of young adult novels, an experienced teacher and popular mentor. His manuscript assessments, editors’ reports and mentorships are always comprehensive and can include structural and dramatic elements of a work as well as nitty-gritty style issues such as syntax, voice, setting and punctuation.

Personal website: www.gregbastian.com.au

Availability: in person, via email

Categories: Childrens and YA Fiction, 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. www.dianagieseeditorial.com.au

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

Availability: in person, by phone, via email

Categories: Autobiography, Editor Mentors, Fiction, History, Non-fiction

Personal Website: http://www.dianagieseeditorial.com.au/

Joyce Kornblatt

Joyce Kornblatt has published four novels (Nothing to Do with LoveBreaking BreadWhite Water, and The Reason for Wings) in the US, with overseas publications in England, Germany and Denmark. In addition, her short stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic MonthlyThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and a number of literary quarterlies. She is currently at work on a new novel, and book of essays about grief. For 25 years, Joyce taught literature and creative writing at undergrad and postgrad levels in the US, where she was a professor at the University of Maryland. She mentors writers, offers workshops and has a small private psychotherapy practice.

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Categories: Fiction

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