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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

Mentoring Authors

Margot McGovern

Genres: Literary Fiction, Young Adult,

Availability: Mentoring,

Margot McGovern is a YA author with a creative writing PhD from Flinders University. Her debut novel Neverland was shortlisted for the Text Prize and Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Over the course of her career she has worked as a book seller, reviewer and manuscript assessor, and runs regular […]

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Sumudu Narayana

Availability: Mentoring,

Sumudu is a freelance editor, beta reader and general book addict. Sumudu is passionate about words and the power of stories in our lives, and is strongly committed to preserving a writer’s style, voice, and creative insight in all projects she works on. Sumudu has a background in biomedical science […]

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Royce Kurmelovs

Availability: Mentoring,

Mentorship areas: nonfiction; freelancing; journalism Royce Kurmelovs is an Australian freelance journalist and author of The Death of Holden (2016), Rogue Nation (2017), Boom and Bust (2018) and Just Money (2020). His reporting has appeared in VICE, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and others. He […]

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Rommie Corso

Availability: Mentoring,

Mentorship areas: self publishing; book marketing and business support; children’s books; nonfiction; book design Rommie is the Director of Hardshell Publishing and an experienced senior marketing consultant. She is a degree qualified visual communication specialist with over 20 years of professional experience with national design and publishing firms and Not […]

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Leisl Leighton

Availability: Mentoring,

Mentorship areas: genre fiction (romance, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi, YA); historical fiction; women’s fiction; memoir Leisl Leighton is the award winning and nominated author of eight paranormal romance novels and novellas and four romantic suspense novels. She has a background in theatre and cabaret as a performer, script writer, musical director, […]

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Phillip Kavanagh

Availability: Mentoring,

Mentorship areas: playwriting; memoir; humour; adaptation Phillip Kavanagh is a playwright based in Adelaide. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Playwriting) at NIDA. Phillip has been awarded the […]

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Adam Cece

Availability: Mentoring,

Mentorship areas: junior fiction; crime fiction; screenwriting; traditional publishing; young adult Adam Cece is an award-winning author of children’s books, including the hilarious Huggabie Falls series, which has been published worldwide. He is an SA Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador, and visits schools and libraries around Australia delivering fun, interactive talks […]

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Caroline Reid

Genres: Auto/Biography, Contemporary, Experimental, Film/TV, Humour, Poetry, Short Stories, Theatre, Women's,

Availability: Mentoring, Readings, Speaking Engagements,

Mentorship areas: poetry, spoken word, short fiction, theatre, experimental Caroline Reid is an award-winning writer who works in multiple mediums and regularly performs her work. Her plays have been performed in international festivals, broadcast and published (Prayer to an Iron God, Currency Press 2010). Siarad, her debut collection of poetry […]

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Christina Soong

Genres: Auto/Biography, Childrens, Comedy, Contemporary, Essays/Articles, Film/TV, Food, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Travel,

Availability: Mentoring, Readings, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

Christina is an award-winning writer. She was co-editor of Adelaide university’s student newspaper, On Dit, in 1996. Afterwards, she worked in London, Leeds, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Shanghai in senior marketing/management roles and freelanced for magazines. Whilst on maternity leave, she started an award-winning food & travel blog, The Hungry […]

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Penny Walter

Genres: Childrens,

Availability: Mentoring, Readings, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

Born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, and currently residing there with my family. With a background in early childhood education, I have always been passionate about infant mental health and wellbeing. An Unexpected Outcome is my first published book, and whilst it is written from my personal experience, it’s […]

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Heather Taylor Johnson

Genres: Auto/Biography, Essays/Articles, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Women's,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring, Readings, Speaking Engagements,

Heather Taylor-Johnson’s second literary fiction novel, Jean Harley was Here, was short-listed for the Readings Prize for New Fiction, discussed on ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club and reviewed in the New York Times. It’s been optioned for a 7-part TV series, and she’s co-writing the screenplay. Her fifth poetry book […]

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Heather Millar

Genres: Auto/Biography, Non-fiction,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring,

Freelance journalist/accredited editor/ghostwriter. Former managing editor at Hardie Grant Publishing, Melbourne, and John Brown Publishing, London. Ghostwriter of an award-winning memoir, and a range of life stories. Published in Health Agenda, Vital Health, medicSA, Country Style, Fleurieu Living, Sydney Morning Herald and more.

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Aislinn Kearns

Genres: Romance,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring, Speaking Engagements,

Aislinn is a successful self-published author of more than 12 novels, and multiple novellas and short stories. She writes across multiple romance sub-genres, most particularly in romantic suspense and contemporary romance.

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Lindy Warrell (na)

Genres: Literary Fiction, Poetry,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring,

Publican’s daughter and anthropologist, Lindy has lived and worked among people of diverse backgrounds and dispositions all of her life. A late-in-life poet with poems published in journals and online plus a chapbook, Ol’ Girl Can Drive (Picaro Poets). She has recently completed one novel, On Gidgee Plains, set in […]

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Ian Gibbins

Genres: Experimental, Film/TV, Internet/Web, Poetry,

Availability: Assessments, Mentoring, Readings, School Visits, Speaking Engagements,

Ian Gibbins is a widely published poet, video artist and electronic musician with four collections of poetry, all in collaboration with artists. His video and audio work has featured in gallery exhibitions, public art commissions, performances and international festivals. He previously was a neuroscientist and professor of anatomy.

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