Mentorships: Fiction

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Abigail Nathan

Abigail Nathan is a freelance editor who has run Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services for more than twelve years. She specialises in fiction (including genre — fantasy, science fiction, horror, crime, suspense, romance etc.) for adults, young adults and middle grade, and works with major Australian and UK trade publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Gollancz; as well as small presses in the USA. She has edited a range of authors for these publishers, including Karen Miller, Traci Harding, Alastair Reynolds and James Barclay. In addition, she works regularly with emerging and self-publishing writers including authors such as Mitchell Hogan and Maria Lewis. Abigail was a committee member and website coordinator for Editors NSW for over ten years and occasionally presents workshops on editing, self-publishing and freelancing. Personal website: www.BothersomeWords.com

Kirsten Tranter

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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 LegacyHold, 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, Writing NSW 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. Personal website: www.kirstentranter.com

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. Personal website: www.tylebateson.com.au

Amanda Hampson

Amanda Hampson is the bestselling author of The Olive SistersTwo 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 Writing NSW, 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. Personal website: amandahampson.com

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 Writing NSW. 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.

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 fiction 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. Personal website: www.keithstevenson.com

Felicity Castagna

Felicity Castagna’s first book was a collection of stories, Small Indiscretions: Stories of Travel in Asia. It was followed up with a YA novel set in Parramatta, The Incredible Here and Now, which won the Prime Minister’s Literature Award in 2014. She currently teaches creative writing all around Australia. She is also the founding director of the literary organisation, Finishing School (For Badass Ladies Writing Brilliant Books) and curates Studio Stories – a regular writers’ events at Parramatta Artists Studios. Felicity turned The Incredible Here and Now into a play that premiered at The National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017.  Her work has been produced for ABC Radio National and ABC television and has appeared in publications such as Heat, The Age, The Sun Herald, Island, Wet Ink and Award Winning Australian Writing.  Her latest book is No More Boats. Personal website: felicitycastagna.net

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’. Personal website: www.pamelacook.com.au

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. Personal website: www.eleanorlimprecht.com

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