Could you use some guidance in shaping, developing or refining your completed manuscript? Find a writing mentor through Writing NSW.

A Writing NSW mentorship is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one (either face-to-face, by email, Skype or over the phone) with an experienced writer or editor. It will be up to you and your mentor to decide how best to organise the mentorship, but issues covered may include structure, characterisation, audience, style, and editing and redrafting. Writing mentorships are not designed to offer direct industry advice or letters of recommendation for literary agents or publishers.

The program is available to members of Writing NSW on application.

Applying for a Writing Mentorship

Begin by deciding which mentor would best suit your project, and then read and complete the Mentorship Application Form.

Please outline what you are aiming to achieve from the mentorship, as well as telling us how your manuscript got to where it is today as set out on the application form. Keep any synopsis notes as brief as possible. Please note that we are only able to accept applications for mentorship if we believe the applicant is likely to benefit from the program and if we have a suitable mentor available.

If you are accepted into the mentorship program, we will get in touch with your nominated mentor to check availability. We will then put the two of you in touch to sort out your work plan.

Mentorship Cost

The cost to the mentoree is:

  • $825 for 10 hours*
  • $1,200 for 15 hours
  • $1,540 for 20 hours

*10 hour mentorships are only available for manuscripts under 60,000 words.

Please note that the mentor’s reading time is included in these hours. All prices include GST.

Contact us for more information.


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

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

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.

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).

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

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

Emily Maguire

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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.

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

Kate Forsyth

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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 Writing NSW and the Central West Writers’ Group. Personal website: www.kateforsyth.com.au

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit. Actors such as Academy-Award winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush have appeared in his plays. His 2008 play, Derrida In Love, was written expressly for the 2011 Academy Award nominee, Jacki Weaver. His play Kafka Dances has won over a dozen national and international awards since its première, and is the most internationally performed Australian plays of all time. His recent play The Man in the Attic was awarded Australia’s most prestigious award for a new play, the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, and has just been performed in Paris. Timothy Daly’s newest play Richard III (ou presque) premiered at the 2010 Festival of Avignon, followed by a season in Paris in Oct-Nov, 2011.

He has been a literary judge in most categories for the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIES, the NSW Premier’s Fellowship, and the Premier’s Literary Awards. He has taught extensively in Australia and overseas, and was a Featured Artist at the 2014 and 2016 Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference. His radio plays have been broadcast in six countries, and won an AWGIE and an AWGIE nomination. In 2012, Timothy Daly began a professional relationship with Los Angeles-based producer Victoria Wisdom for the production in the U.S.A. of his theatre and film work. He advises on over 100 plays and productions a year both in Australia and the US.

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