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Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau is a novelist, essayist and critic. Her third novel, The World Without Us, won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her essays, reviews and short fiction are widely published, most recently in The Monthly,, Tablet, Sydney Review of Books, Best Australian Essays and LA Review of Books. She has taught at several universities and in the community and has a PhD in literature. Mireille has also worked as an editor, at HEAT Magazine, RealTime and on several other publications.

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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.

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 Writing NSW 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. Personal website:

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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. Personal website:

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. Personal website: