Writing Consultants


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Dr Michael Mohammed AHMAD

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad in an award-winning novelist, playwright, community arts worker and editor. He is the director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement and author of The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014) and The Lebs (Hachette, 2018). Mohammed is well-known for his nurturing, yet extremely honest, direct and critical approach to mentoring and training creative writers at all levels in their careers.



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Tegan Bennett Daylight is a novelist and short story writer with more than twenty years experience as a teacher, critic and publishers’ reader. Her novels include Bombora (1996), What Falls Away (2001) and Safety (2006), and her short stories are collected in many anthologies and journals. She has been teaching in the writing program at the University of Technology since 1996.

(not available in 2018)

Margaret Hamilton


Margaret Hamilton has been involved with children and their books all her working life, as a children's librarian, a bookseller, a publisher and a parent. Margaret' publishing career began at Hodder & Stoughton, where she was a Company Director responsible for their entire Australian list. In 1987, Margaret and her husband Max set up Margaret Hamilton Books, a specialist children's book publisher. In fifteen years they achieved considerable international success and a reputation for high quality books, especially picture books. They now run Pinerolo, the Children's Book Cottage in Blackheath — the only centre for children's books in NSW, welcoming groups, promoting picture books and running courses on how to create them.

Margaret offers mentorship and appraisals of picture books.

Kim Kelly


Kim is the author of six works of fiction: the novels, Black Diamonds (2007), This Red Earth (2013), The Blue Mile (2014), Paper Daisies (2015), Jewel Sea (2016), and the acclaimed novella, Wild Chicory (2016). She is a well-regarded book editor, also known there as Kim Swivel, and has worked in the traditional book publishing industry for over twenty years. Her special interests include Australian political and social history, historical and regional fiction, and looking at ways authors can harness new disruptive publishing models and technologies in our ever-changing literary world.



Vanessa Kirkpatrick is a writer, poet and teacher. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney and a teaching qualification. She is an award-winning poet and her publications include To Catch the Light (Fence Post Press, 2013) and The Conversation of Trees (Hope Street Press, 2017). Vanessa is a nurturing and experienced creative writing mentor and is adept at assisting writers at all stages of manuscript development, from helping writers find the core of their writing project to providing detailed feedback on manuscripts.

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Jody LEE

Jody Lee has worked in the publishing industry as an associate publisher (Simon & Schuster), commissioning editor and project editor (Random House and the ABC). She now freelances for all the major trade publishing houses editing books for children, YA and adults, including both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from biography, memoir, travel, history and popular culture. Working with writers is about focusing on storytelling and helping to develop their signature voice and style. It is also about encouraging a writer to take risks, to connect with their audience, to think critically about their craft and to keep reminding them why they took the leap into writing in the first place.

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Melissa Lucashenko's interests are mainly in helping the development of emerging but already published or shortlisted Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other writers of colour. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her long-form non-fiction. Melissa's novels have won or been short-listed for numerous Australian and International prizes including the Deloitte Qld Fiction prize and the Miles Franklin and Stella Awards. Melissa was the recipient of the 2016 CAL Fellowship for fiction writing. Please note that Melissa's availability is limited.

Carol Major


Carol Major holds a Doctorate of Arts Degree in creative writing from the University of Technology in Sydney. She has taught creative writing at undergraduate and post graduate university levels and to the wider community through the Sydney Community College. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Australian and Canadian literary journals and anthologies. She completed two novels as part of her thesis research and is author of ‘Closed Adoption Policy in the 1960s: Exploring the Construction of Motive Through Fiction’.

Stephen Measday


Stephen Measday spends his life writing books, scripts and plays. He is the author of seventeen young adult and junior fiction novels and is an award winning scriptwriter in adult and children's television. His awards include an Australian Writers Guild award for original radio drama and two novels The News They Didn't Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon have been commended as Notable Books by the CBCA. Two of his plays, Blow Fly Blow and Mark Twain Down Under have been professionally produced. Stephen has undertaken scores of mentorships over two decades and his strengths are assisting writers with structure, plot, storyline development, dialogue and characterization.

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Born in Melbourne Mark O'Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains where he writes across a range of forms. After working for a number of years in the theatre where several plays were produced, Mark turned to fiction and also poetry. His poetry collections include The Too Bright Sun (1996), The Good Oil (2000), What Can Be Proven (2007), Untested Cures (2011), The Soup's Song (2015), and Shared Breath (2017). A second novel Grassdogs was published in 2006, followed by The Forgotten World, (2013), and also a collection of short stories White Light, (2013). He has also published a memoir, False Start, (2013). His most recent novel The Last Days of Ava Langdon, (UQP, 2016) was short listed for both the Miles Franklin Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, as well as winning the Voss Literary Award 2017.

Mark is interested in poetry and fiction and how language and narrative works within different forms. He explores this by asking questions of the manuscript.

Babette Smith

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Babette Smith is a freelance historian & writer. Her latest book, Australia's Birthstain, published in 2008, traces the country's shame about its convict foundations and the distorted history that resulted.

Australia's Birthstain follows the success of her earlier work, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson & the Convicts of the Princess Royal, a 2nd edition of which was also published in 2008. The fictional version of Cargo of Women was published in a new edition in 2010 by Macmillan Australia.

Babette is the author of two other full-length histories. Firstly, a social history of the NSW Asthma Foundation titled Coming Up For Air. Secondly, Mothers & Sons, an analysis of the relationship between women and their male children in the context of feminism which was published by Allen & Unwin in 1995 and will shortly be available again as an e-book.



MARK TREDINNICK is a celebrated poet, essayist, writing teacher, and mentor. His many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book, and his honours include the Montreal International Poetry Prize and two Premiers' Prizes. Mark worked for ten years in book publishing (with Allen & Unwin and HarperCollins). For two decades since then, he's mentored many aspiring writers (across all literary forms, from children's books to memoir) and taught creative writing, grammar, poetry and professional writing at the University of Sydney and in workshops all over the place.

Mark's much-loved books on the writing craft (The Little Red Writing Book, The Little Green Grammar Book, The Little Black Book of Business Writing) are widely read in schools and universities and relied on by aspiring and practising writers. He teaches poetics and writing in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS.

For seven years Mark lived with his family in the Katoomba; his landscape memoir The Blue Plateau (winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize) celebrates the mountains and divines their natural and social history. Judith Beveridge has called Mark "one of our great poets of place." He lives these days in Picton, but travels widely as a speaker, teacher, mentor and poet.