Mentors – Fiction

Greg Bastian is well-established 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.

Greg is available to work in person as well as via email.

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.

Laura is available to work in person as well as via email and Skype.

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.

Kate is only available to work via email.

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. Recent mentorees include Jane Allen whose new book will be launched in June 2015. 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.

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.

Margaret is available to work in person as well as via email.

Joyce Kornblatt has published four novels (Nothing to Do with Love, Breaking Bread, White 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 Monthly, The New York Times, The 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.

Louise Wareham Leonard welcomes writers of literary and commercial prose. Her two novels are Since You Ask (Akashic Books, New York 2004) and Miss Me A Lot ( July 2007, Victoria University Press, New Zealand). Her third book, Endnotes, a work of creative non-fiction about love, suicide and survival, is represented by Toby Eady Associates in the U.K. Louise has lived in Sydney, Brisbane and outback Western Australia and is now based in New York. She has won various awards, including America’s James Jones Literary Society Award for Best First Novel. She was also short-listed for Australasia’s largest literary prize, the 2008 Prize in Modern Letters. Louise’s work is most often praised for its control, intensity and delicate plotting. She tackles difficult issues of family and relationships. At the same time, she is most concerned with style and language. An experienced editor and mentor of both fiction and non-fiction, she has also served as a literary juror for the United States’ largest arts colony. She has a BA from Columbia College in New York and an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Victoria University. Other publishing credits include Art Monthly Australia, Hotel Amerika and Poetry

Louise is available to work in person as well as via phone, email and Skype.

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.

Stuart is available to work in person as well as via phone, email and Skype.

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).

Craig is available to work in person as well as via phone, email or Skype.

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 children’s/YA fiction, as well as narrative non-fiction.

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

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.

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.

Keith is available to work in person as well as via phone, email or Skype.

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