Mentorships: Memoir

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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.

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: www.contentandculturalprojects.wordpress.com

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

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: www.dianagieseeditorial.com.au

Stuart MacDonald

Guiding authors through the creative writing process and through the publishing/sales/marketing process is something Stuart MacDonald has been doing for several decades. 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’s background in publishing management includes directorships with a number of publishers including HarperCollins, Woodslane, Harlequin and Dorling Kindersley. He has spoken at numerous conferences here and overseas, and has lectured for a number of publishing organisations and educational institutions including the Australian Publishers Association and Macquarie University.

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.

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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