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Writers Victoria offers courses run by Victorian, interstate and international tutors. Get to know them here

Ailsa Wild

Ailsa Wild is an acrobat, whip cracker and teaching artist who ran away from the circus to do a Masters in Creative Writing at RMIT. Her books include the adult non-fiction ‘The Care Factor’, young adult graphic novel ‘The Invisible War’, the junior fiction series ‘Squishy Taylor’ and ‘The Naughtiest Pixie’, and the picture books ‘Anthea’s Garden’ and the Small Friends series. When she’s not taking her characters on cheeky adventures, Ailsa is a performer, acrobat and professional whip-cracker. She lives with her family in Melbourne.

Alice Pung

Writing from Life

Alice Pung is the award-winning Melbourne author of ‘Unpolished Gem’, ‘Her Father’s Daughter’ and ‘Growing Up Asian in Australia’. Her work has been published in ‘The Age’, ‘The Monthly’, ‘Good Weekend’ and ‘The Australian’.

Amanda Apthorpe

The Business End: Amanda Apthorpe

Amanda Apthorpe is a published writer of two novels and an educator. She has presented papers on creative writing at conferences in Wellington NZ and London UK, has been interviewed on radio, and has convened workshops and webinars for Writers Victoria. Amanda is the author of – Time Management for Writers: The Magic of 10 Minutes, and Finding Your Writer’s Voice in the creative writing series: Write This Way.

Angela Savage

Write-ability Online: Never Just Description – How Setting Can Enhance Your Story

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer and Director of Writers Victoria. She has lived and travelled extensively in Asia, and her first novel, ‘Behind the Night Bazaar’, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Anna George


Anna George is the author of ‘What Came Before’ (2014) , ‘The Lone Child’ (2017), and ‘Tipping’ (2021). Anna has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. ‘What Came Before’ was shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly and Sisters in Crime Best Debut Fiction awards, and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. Anna’s second book, ‘The Lone Child’, was short listed for the 2018 Ned Kelly Best Crime Fiction Award.

Anna Krien

Winter School: Writing Long-Form Journalism

Anna Krien is the author of ‘Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport’, ‘Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests’, ‘Booze Territory’, ‘Quarterly Essay 45 Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals’ and ‘Quarterly Essay 67 The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock’. Her work has been published in ‘The Monthly’, ‘The Age’, ‘The Big Issue’, ‘Best Australian Essays’, ‘Best Australian Stories’, ‘Griffith Review’ and ‘Frankie’.

Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra is the bestselling author of young adult thriller ‘Mercy Point’ and thecrime novels ‘Only Daughter’, ‘Little Secrets’ and ‘The Spite Game’, which have been published in over twenty countries and many languages. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Guardian and Filmme Fatales. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at The University of Melbourne, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University. Anna now writes novels and teaches storytelling at RMIT University.

Annabel Smith

Overcoming Self-Doubt and Procrastination

Annabel Smith is the author of The Ark, Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot, published in the USA as Whiskey & Charlie, has sold in excess of 70,000 copies. In 2012 Annabel was selected by the Australia Council as one of five inaugural recipients of a Creative Australia Fellowship for Emerging Artists, for her interactive digital novel/app The Ark. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University.

Arnold Zable

The Humanising Power of Story (Daylesford)

The Art of Story (Daylesford)

Arnold Zable is an acclaimed Australian writer, novelist, storyteller, and human rights advocate. His books include ‘Jewels and Ashes’, ‘The Fig Tree’, ‘Café Scheherazade’, ‘Scraps of Heaven’, ‘Sea of Many Returns’, ‘Violin Lessons’, and most recently, ‘The Fighter’. He is the author of numerous essays, columns, stories, features and works for theatre. In 2013 he was awarded the Voltaire prize for human rights advocacy and the advancement of freedom of expression.

AS Patric

Summer School 2019 – Short Story Method and Art

A.S. Patric’s debut novel won the 2016 Miles Franklin, but before Black Rock White City won Australia’s most prestigious award, he published two story collections: Las Vegas for Vegans (shortlisted in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards) and The Rattler & other stories. His stories individually are winners of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize and twice published in Best Australian Stories. In November 2018 he published his third collection, The Butcherbird Stories.

Bella Li

Word + Image: Hybrid Texts

Bella Li is the author of ‘Argosy’ (Vagabond Press, 2017), which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her work has been published in a range of journals and anthologies, including ‘Best Australian Poems’ and ‘The Kenyon Review’, and was displayed in the inaugural Triennial of the NGV. Her most recent book is ‘Lost Lake’ (Vagabond Press, 2018).

Photo credit: Lisa Businovski

Carly Findlay

Book Launch – Say Hello

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Carly has the rare, severe skin condition called Ichthyosis. She writes on disability issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’ and ‘Cyber Hate’ with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. Carly is currently writing her first book – a memoir – to be published by HarperCollins in 2018. Read her writing on appearance diversity and disability at carlyfindlay.com.au

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives in Melbourne and New Zealand where she works as a writer and agricultural journalist. Carrie has published three award-winning novels: ‘Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living’ (2005), ‘Mateship with Birds’ (2011), and ‘Exploded View’ (2019).

Cate Kennedy

How to kick-start your story… and how to finish it! (Mildura)

Cate Kennedy is the author of three poetry collections, a novel, a memoir and two collections of short stories. Her work has been published internationally and her story collections are both on the Victorian School Literature syllabus. She is the recipient of several awards for her work including the Queensland Literary Prize for her collection ‘Like a House on Fire’, the NSW Premier’s People’s Choice Award for her novel ‘The World Beneath’ and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for her most recent poetry collection ‘The Taste of River Water’. 

Cath Crowley

Cath Crowley is an internationally published author of young adult fiction. Her novels include The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, ‘Chasing Charlie Duskin’, ‘Graffiti Moon’, ‘Words in Deep Blue’ and ‘Take Three Girls’, co-written with Fiona Wood and Simmone Howell. She has received the The Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction (2011 and 2017), The Gold Inky (2017), and The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year for Older Readers (2018).

Catherine Noske

Notes on a Walk – Writing The Bibbulmun Track (Apollo Bay)

Catherine Noske is a lecturer in creative writing and editor of ‘Westerly Magazine’ at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on contemporary Australian writing of place. Her creative work has been awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers (2008 and 2009), received a Varuna fellowship in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award. She is currently working on a poetry project and a novel.

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose ancestral country is in the South Coast of Western Australia. She writes fiction, essays, poetry and art criticism while either living in Naarm (Melbourne) or on the road. Her debut speculative fiction novel ‘Terra Nullius’, written while travelling in a caravan, won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming award. Her second book ‘The Old Lie’, was published in 2019, and her first non-fiction book ‘Lies, Damned Lies’ was released in September 2021.

Claire Gaskin

Claire Gaskin has been writing and publishing her poetry for over three decades. She has authored five books of poetry: ‘A Snail in the Ear of the Buddha’, ‘a bud’ (shortlisted for the John Bray SA Festival Award for Literature in 2008), ‘Paperweight’, ‘Eurydice Speaks’ and ‘Ismene’s Survivable Resistance’. Claire lectures at Melbourne University, and teaches poetry at various organisations and centres.

Dave Drayton

Dave Drayton was an amateur banjo player, founding member of the Atterton Academy, Kanganoulipian, and the author of E, UIO, A: a feghoot (Container), A pet per ably-faced kid (Stale Objects dePress), P(oe)Ms (Rabbit), Haiturograms (Stale Objects dePress) and Poetic Pentagons(Spacecraft Press). He received a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Demet Divaroren

The Salon Goes Regional (Port Fairy)

Writing for Real (Port Fairy)

Demet Divaroren is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her writing has appeared in ‘Griffith Review’, ‘Island magazine’, ‘The Age Epicure’, ‘The Big Issue’ and ‘From the Outer’. Her debut novel ‘Living on Hope Street’ won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Young Adult category. Demet is the co-editor of the CBCA shortlisted anthology ‘Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia,’ a collection of personal essays that challenge stereotypes and celebrate diversity.

Eli Glasman

Your Perfect Beginning

Eli Glasman is a Melbourne-based author. His debut novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew’ (Sleepers Publishing), concerns a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community. His short fiction has appeared in magazines across Australia.

Eliza Henry-Jones

Winter School: Writing Grief and Trauma

Eliza Henry-Jones is a Melbourne-based writer. Her debut novel ‘In the Quiet’ was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and longlisted for the ABIA and Indie Book Awards. She has qualifications in grief, loss and trauma counseling and psychology, and has completed a thesis exploring bushfire trauma. Her work has also appeared in ‘Daily Life’, ‘Southerly’, ‘Island’, ‘Seizure’, ‘LiNQ’ and many other places.

Ellen van Neerven

Editing and Enhancing Your Work

Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali person from the Yugambeh language group of South East Queensland.  Her first book ‘Heat and Light’ (UQP, 2014), a collection of interlinked short stories, won several awards including the NSW Premiers Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. ‘Comfort Food’ (UQP, 2016), a collection of poems, is her most recent release. Until 2016 Ellen was the Managing Editor of ‘black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at State Library of Queensland.

Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is the author of the essay collection ‘Blueberries’, which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Stella Prize, and the chapbook ‘Yellow City’. Over the past decade, Ellena has published her writing widely, with more than one hundred and eighty short works – essays, poems and stories – in journals and periodicals here and overseas. Ellena has a PhD in Creative writing, and has taught writing since 2015. She was the recipient of the 2019–21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.

Ellie Marney

Self-Publishing Bootcamp

Ellie Marney is a teacher and hybrid YA author of the Every series and No Limits, contributor to Begin End Begin, a #LoveOzYA advocate, and a Stella Ambassador. Her first indie series, Circus Hearts, made No1 in Amazon category bestseller lists and sells into bookstores and libraries. Find out more at www.elliemarney.com

Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic is a classical clarinetist turned crime writer. Her critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series (‘Resurrection Bay’, ‘And Fire Came Down’, ‘Darkness for Light’ and the forthcoming ‘Those Who Perish’) have been published worldwide, and have won numerous prizes. Emma learnt Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to create the character of Caleb Zelic, who is profoundly deaf. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne and is working on a standalone novel inspired by family history in Outback Australia.

Fiona Wood

Ask…About Collaboration

Fiona Wood’s first novel, Six Impossible Things, was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers in 2011. Wildlife won the CBCA award in 2014. Cloudwish won the CBCA award and the Indie Book Award for YA fiction in 2016. All three books are published internationally and are Junior Library Guild Selections in the US. Take Three Girls, co-authored with Cath Crowley and Simmone Howell, won the CBCA award in 2018, was shortlisted for the Indie, and Gold Inky awards, and has been honoured by the International Youth Library as a White Ravens selection. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a screenwriter.

Gabriella Muñoz

Being a Bilingual Writer

Gabriella Muñoz is a Mexican-Australian writer and editor. She has published feature articles and essays in English and Spanish on a wide variety of topics ranging from film and the music industry, to celebrity culture and women’s health. Her literary work focuses on motherhood, exile and the mysteries of blood and origin. She is a Digital Writer in Residence at Writers Victoria.

George Ivanoff

Creating Interactive Fiction

Licensed Writing

George Ivanoff is a Melbourne children’s author with more than 100 titles under his belt. Although best known for his ‘You Choose’ and ‘Other Worlds’ book series, he has written extensively for the education market. He’s won a few awards, including a YABBA, and has books on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists. Check out his website: http://georgeivanoff.com.au

Hazel Edwards

Writing a Non-Boring Family History or Memoir

Hazel Edwards writes quirky, thought-provoking fiction and fact for adults and children, across varied media. Known for ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake’ and ‘Authorpreneurship’, Hazel’s 200 books have been translated into 10 languages.

Hoa Pham

Hoa Pham is the author of six books and two plays. Her most recent novel, ‘Wave’, was published in 2015. ‘The Other Shore’ won the Viva La Novella Prize in 2014. Hoa’s most recent piece is ‘The Lady of the Realm’, in the Review of Australian Fiction. Her play ‘Silence’ was on the VCE Drama list in 2010. She is also the founder of Peril Magazine, an Asian-Australian online arts and culture magazine. She has completed her doctorate in creative arts and also holds master’s degrees in creative writing and psychology.

James Bradley

James Bradley is a novelist and critic. His books include the novels ‘Wrack’, ‘The Deep Field’, ‘The Resurrectionist’ and ‘Clade’; the first two books of The Change Trilogy for young adults, ‘The Silent Invasion’ and ‘The Buried Ark’; a book of poetry, ‘Paper Nautilus’; and’ The Penguin Book of the Ocean’. He has also written short fiction and comics. His latest novel, ‘Ghost Species’, was published in 2020, and he is currently working on a new novel and a book of non-fiction. He has also written extensively about literature and the environment, and in 2012 won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year.

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

Hidden Stories, Emerging Knowledge (Lake Tyers)

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is a renowned storyteller, musician and writer, whose first gig, in 1971, was as a founder of the now famous Bushwackers Band. His credits post-Bushwackers include performing his solo show ‘Canakkale Gallipoli’ before the Dawn Service at Gallipoli; the runaway best-selling biography of Tommy Woodcock, ‘Me & Phar Lap’; the 2014 National Folk Fellowship for his acclaimed storytelling masterpiece ‘Bilarni’; the Victorian History Award for his double CD, ‘The Monster Meeting’; and many history shows performed in Australian schools.

Jan Wositzky

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is a renowned storyteller, musician and writer, whose first gig, in 1971, was as a founder of the now famous Bushwackers Band. His credits post-Bushwackers include performing his solo show ‘Canakkale Gallipoli’ before the Dawn Service at Gallipoli; the runaway best-selling biography of Tommy Woodcock, ‘Me & Phar Lap’; the 2014 National Folk Fellowship for his acclaimed storytelling masterpiece ‘Bilarni’; the Victorian History Award for his double CD, ‘The Monster Meeting’; and many history shows performed in Australian schools.

Jane Godwin

Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Intensive

Ask…About Writing for Children

Jane Godwin is an Australian children’s book publisher, and also the highly acclaimed author of over twenty-five books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier’s Award (Children’s Books), shortlistings in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the YABBA Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards. Jane’s most recent novel is ‘Falling From Grace’, and her most recent picture book collaborations are ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’, ‘The Silver Sea’, and ‘Watch This!’, a photographic picture book. Jane’s new novel, ‘As Happy as Here’, will be published by Hachette in August 2019.

Jane Hirshfield

Winter School: Poetic Voice Masterclass

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight much-honoured books of poetry, most recently ‘The Beauty’, long-listed for the National Book Award, as well as two now-classic books of essays, ‘Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry’ and ‘Ten Windows’. A chancellor-emerita of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has been visiting professor at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and elsewhere.

Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson is the author of novels ‘From the Wreck’, ‘A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists’, and ‘A History of Dreams’ (coming April 2022); a novella ‘Formaldehyde’; and the non-fiction book ‘The Handbook: surviving & living with climate change’. You can read her essays in ‘Living with the Anthropocene; Fire, Flood, Plague’; and ‘Reading like an Australian Writer’. Jane’s short fiction and essays have been published in in Sleepers, Overland, Tincture, Seizure, Griffith Review, Meanjin and Review of Australian Fiction. Jane mostly writes about the environment.

Jax Jacki Brown

Own Voices: Why Writing Matters (Shepparton)

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ rights activist, writer and public speaker. Jax holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Communication where they examined the intersections between disability and LGBTI identities and their respective rights movements. They have written for ‘Junkee’, ‘Daily Life’, ‘The Feminist Observer’, Writers Victoria, ABC’s ‘Ramp Up’, ‘Hot Chicks with Big Brains’, and ‘Archer Magazine: The Australian Journal for Sexual Diversity’. Jax is published in the following anthologies: ‘Queer Disability Anthology’ (2015), ‘Doing It’ (2016), ‘Queer Stories (2018) and ‘Kindred: A queer YA anthology’ to be released in 2019 by Walker Books.

Jennifer Tutty

Jennifer Tutty is an experienced lawyer practising in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property and commercial law. Her practice, Studio Legal, is located on Chapel St, Windsor and services a variety of creatively driven businesses and individuals including artists, musicians, writers, designers and creative agencies (to name a few). With over 15 years’ experience in her field, Jennifer was named by Doyle’s Guide as a leading copyright and intellectual property lawyer in Victoria in 2017.

Jessica Walton

Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer and speaker. They co-wrote an episode of Get Krack!n, focused on disability, which aired on ABC in 2019. They are the author of graphic novel Stars in Their Eyes, with artwork by Aśka (Fremantle Press 2021) and Introducing Teddy, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson (Bloomsbury 2016). Jess also has two short stories for teens and kids published in Australian anthologies Funny Bones (Allen and Unwin 2019) and Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press 2018), as well as poetry in a few anthologies, magazines and journals.

Jock Serong

Jock Serong is a former lawyer and founding editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. He has written non-fiction for surfing magazines for over a decade, and has featured in print media such as The Monthly, Smith Journal, Meanjin and The Guardian. Jock is the author of ‘Quota’ (2014), ‘The Rules of Backyard Cricket’ (2016), ‘On the Java Ridge’ (2017) and the Bass Strait historical novels ‘Preservation’ (2018) and ‘The Burning Island’ (2020); which have received numerous awards. He divides his time between Port Fairy in western Victoria and Flinders Island.

Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe has twice been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist (in 2017 and 2020) and was awarded the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Her story collection ‘Here Until August’ was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, while her novel, ‘A Loving, Faithful Animal’, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Rowe has held fellowships with the University of Iowa, Stanford, the Omi International Arts Center and Yaddo. She lives in Melbourne.

Julia Prendergast

Writing Younger Characters

Julia Prendergast’s short stories have been acknowledged in many forums including the Lightship Anthology International Short Story Competition (UK), Ink Tears International Short Story Competition (UK) Glimmer Train International Short Story Competition (US), Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize and Josephine Ulrick Prize. Julia has a PhD in Writing and Literature, and is a lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University in Melbourne where she lives with her circus of a family.

Karen Andrews

Winter School: Making Social Media Work

Karen Andrews is an award-winning multi-form writer, author, editor, poet and publisher. Her work has appeared in journals and publications throughout the country. She is currently creative director of www.karenandrews.com.au, an established and popular parenting/personal blog and two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blog Awards. Her latest book is ‘Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity’.

Kate Cuthbert

Winter School: Building Emotional Resonance

Kate Cuthbert is Managing Editor of Escape Publishing, Harlequin Australia’s digital-first imprint. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and critic, a genre fiction advocate and an in-demand moderator, presenter and teacher. She is currently pursuing a PhD examining rural settings in Australian popular fiction.

Kate Mildenhall

Ask… a Debut Novelist

Kate Mildenhall is a writer and teacher. Her debut novel, ‘Skylarking’ (Black Inc., 2016) was named in Readings bookstore’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Award. Kate lives in Hurstbridge, Victoria, with her young family and is currently working on her second novel. Kate co-hosts ‘The First Time’ podcast – a podcast about the first time you publish a book.

Kate Mildenhall

Kate Mildenhall is a writer who lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her family. Her debut novel ‘Skylarking’ was published in 2016 and was longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2017 and the Indie Book Awards 2017. Kate’s second novel, ‘The Mother Fault’ was published in 2020. Kate has received residencies at Varuna, the Writers House and at Bundanon. Kate co-hosts ‘The First Time’ podcast – a podcast about the first time you publish a book, with fellow writer Katherine Collette.

Katherine Collette

Katherine Collette is a novelist, podcaster and sewage engineer living in Melbourne with her husband and two children. She has undertaken a retreat fellowship at Varuna, the Writers House, and was part of the ACT Writers Centre’s 2016 Hardcopy program. Her debut novel ‘The Helpline’ was published in 2018, with her second ‘The Competition’ to be published in 2022. Katherine co-hosts ‘The First Time’ podcast – a podcast about the first time you publish a book, with fellow writer Kate Mildenhall.


Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman is a novelist, essayist and scriptwriter. She has written six novels: ‘The Breaking’, ‘Keep Your Hands on the Wheel’, ‘The Accomplice’, ‘Captain Starlight’s Apprentice’, ‘Floodline’, and ‘Storm and Grace’. Her memoir ‘Fury’ was published in 2021. She has received numerous awards for her writing, and held several writing fellowships. She has taught creative writing for the University of Oxford, and is now Conjoint Professor in Humanities at the University of Newcastle. In 2012, she founded the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.

Kelly Gardiner

Writing Historical Fiction

Kelly Gardiner’s latest book is Brimstone. Her previous novel, 1917, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize. Kelly’s other books include Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; and Goddess, based on the life of the seventeenth century French swordswoman, Mademoiselle de Maupin.

She teaches at La Trobe University and is the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.


Kirstyn McDermott

Kirstyn McDermott is the author of two award-winning novels, ‘Madigan Mine’ and ‘Perfections’, as well as a short fiction collection, ‘Caution: Contains Small Parts’. She has been publishing short fiction regularly since 1993 and has around 40 publication credits both in Australia and overseas, many of which have been nominated for or won awards. From 2010-17, Kirstyn produced and co-hosted a literary discussion podcast, The Writer and the Critic, and recently completed a PhD in creative writing at Federation University with a research focus on contemporary fairy tales and female collaboration. She has been teaching at Federation University since 2018. Kirstyn can be found online at www.kirstynmcdermott.com.

Laura Jean McKay

Online: Beginner Short Story Clinic

Writing Animals

Laura Jean McKay writes about humans and other animals. Her novel, The Animals in That Country, is out with Scribe in 2020. She is also the author of the short story collection Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013). Her work appears in ‘Best Australian Stories’, ‘The North American Review’ and ‘The Saturday Paper’. Laura has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and she is currently the ‘animal expert’ presenter on ABC’s ‘Animal Sound Safari’.

Laurel Cohn

Structural Editing for Writers

Laurel Cohn is a book editor, passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. Since the 1980s, as a developmental editor, she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication. She also works with publishers, businesses and community organisations, and is a popular workshop presenter. Laurel has a PhD in literary and cultural studies and publishes in the academic world.

Laurie Steed

Online: Intermediate Short Story Clinic

Applying for Writing Retreats and Residencies

Laurie Steed is the author of You Belong Here, published March 2018. His short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (Western Australia). He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife and family.

Leanne Hall

Reality and Fantasy in Fiction

Leanne Hall is the author of two novels for young adults: the Text Prize-winning ‘This Is Shyness’ and its sequel ‘Queen of the Night’. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in ‘Meanjin’, ‘The Age’, ‘Best Australian Stories’ and the anthology ‘Growing Up Asian In Australia’. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy.

Lee Kofman

Winter School: Writing the Self in Creative Non-Fiction

Lee Kofman is an author of four books, including the memoir ‘The Dangerous Bride’ (Melbourne University Press), and co-editor of ‘Rebellious Daughters’ (Ventura Press), an anthology of personal essays by prominent Australian memoirists. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Essays. Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her next creative non-fiction book, ‘Imperfect’, will be published by Affirm Press.

Lee Kofman


Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born, Israeli-Australian novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist and sometimes-poet based in Melbourne. Lee holds a PhD in social sciences and MA in creative writing. She is the author of three fiction books and two memoirs, ‘The Dangerous Bride’, and ‘Imperfect’. Lee co-edited ‘Rebellious Daughters’, an anthology of memoir by prominent female Australian authors. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, USA, Canada, Israel, the UK and Scotland. Lee holds a PhD in social sciences and MA in creative writing, and is a mentor and teacher of writing. She is also a regular public speaker and panel moderator.

Lia Hills

Winter School: The Novel of Ideas

Lia Hills is a Melbourne-based novelist, poet and translator. Publications include her novel ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Living’, shortlisted for the Victorian, Queensland and West Australian Premier’s Literary Awards, and her prize-winning poetry collection ‘The Possibility of Flight’. She has written about and translated works by Marie Darrieussecq and Alain Badiou. Lia’s latest novel, ‘The Crying Place’, set mostly in Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara country, is a story about grief, place and Australia’s fraught relationship with its past.

Lili Wilkinson

Plotting with Character

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of ten YA novels, including  Pink, Green Valentine and After the Lights Go Out. After studying Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne, Lili established the insideadog.com.au website, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne with her husband, son, dog and three chickens.

Lucy Treloar


Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. She is the author of the novel ‘Salt Creek’, which won the Indie Award for Best Debut, the ABIA Matt Richell Award, and the Dobbie Award. Her second novel ‘Wolfe Island’ won the Barbara Jefferis Award in 2020. Lucy’s short fiction has been published in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in newspapers and magazines including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, and Womankind. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy works as a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and as an occasional teacher and guest lecturer in creative writing.


Lyndel Caffrey

Winter School: Problem-Solving in Literary Fiction

Lyndel Caffrey is a writer, mentor and creative writing teacher. She works with writers to help them build a deeper understanding of the story they have to tell, and how to tell it. Lyndel’s novella ‘Glad’ was published in ‘Griffith Review 38’, and her literary fiction manuscript ‘Gunclub’ was shortlisted for the inaugural Hachette Australian Richell Prize in 2015.

Lynne Kelly

Hidden Stories, Emerging Knowledge (Lake Tyers)

The Memory Code in Practice (Lake Tyers)

Dr Lynne Kelly is the author of 17 books including one novel and various education titles. Currently an Honorary Research Associate at LaTrobe University, her PhD was published by Cambridge University Press. She has four popular science titles with Allen & Unwin, the most recent being ‘The Memory Code’. Lynne is currently writing about applying memory methods from around the world and throughout time in contemporary life, to be published by Allen & Unwin early in 2018.

Marian Blythe

The Business End: Marketing Your Work

Marian Blythe has worked in communications for the past decade. She is currently publicity manager at independent book publisher Black Inc., was previously marketing manager at Scribe Publications, and has taught digital media at RMIT. She has written, produced, and performed in live theatre shows, radio programs and podcasts, and is director of the Homecooked Comics Festival.

Marisa Wikramanayake

The Business End, Session 1: To Freelance or Not to Freelance

Marisa Wikramanayake is a freelance journalist, editor and writer, first published at 17, recently longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and the inaugural KSP -Varuna Foundation Fellow. They have edited award winning work and are currently writing a crime fiction novel. They have covered science, arts and politics and worked in print, online, TV and radio news, most recently writing about fashion and trucks and also volunteer as an elected MEAA delegate.

Mark Brandi

CSI: Crime Story Investigation, Session Three: This Is How

Mark Brandi’s bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. His next book, The Rip, will be published in March 2019.

Mary Borsellino

Subversion and Disability

Mary Borsellino has published work with a variety of micropress publishers in Australia and internationally. Her first foray into professional fiction writing was self-publishing a lurid YA novel at eighteen to supplement her babysitting income. Since then she’s. Her mother asked her to use a pseudonym for romance novels, so sometimes Mary’s known as Julia Leijon. Her heart still lies in YA, though, where her novels have inspired cosplay, tattoos and some incredible fan art.

Melanie Ostell


Melanie Ostell has been in book publishing for twenty years – as an editor, publisher, consultant, literary agent and educator. A senior editor at Text Publishing for more than ten years, she has since worked with all the major publishers and held publisher positions at UWA Publishing in Perth and Murdoch Books in Sydney. She has led writing workshops across the country, taught at several universities and is a registered mentor with the ASA. In 2015 she founded wordstobook.com, a complete editorial and production service for aspiring writers.

Michael Green

Summer School 2019 – Deep Dive Interviews

Michael Green is a journalist in Melbourne. He hosts the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger and co-edited the book, They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from detention. In 2018 he worked on SBS’s world-first Instagram documentary, She Called Me Red. As a feature writer, Michael has covered social and environmental issues for Harper’s Magazine, SBS, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Nature, Nautilus, Smith Journal, Right Now and Overland, among others.

Michelle Roger

Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum (Sale)

Michelle Roger is a blogger and speaker, and writes about Dysautonomia and life as a disabled woman. Her work has appeared in ‘The Victorian Writer’ and ‘Kill Your Darlings’ and online for Writers Victoria, ABC RampUp and multiple support groups. Michelle received a Write-ability Fellowship in 2014 and was a panellist at the Emerging Writers Festival in 2016 and has performed at several Writers Victoria Salons. Michelle blogs at www.livingwithbob.com and tweets at @rustyhoe.

Misbah Khokhar

Running Writing Workshops

Misbah Khokhar runs her own creative writing workshops through her company Witch and Wolf and her first book is ‘Rooftops in Karachi’ out through Vagabond Press. She holds post-graduate qualifications in creative writing, editing and publishing. She has performed and continues to perform her work in many festivals and events, and is published extensively through ‘Australian Poetry Journal’, ‘Cordite’, ‘Peril’, ‘Mascara Lit Review’ and ABC radio’s ‘Poetica’.

Myfanwy Jones

Winter School: Finding the Loose Brick – Writers’ Block

Myfanwy Jones is the author of two novels: ‘The Rainy Season’, shortlisted for The Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award 2010, and ‘LEAP’, longlisted for the Voss Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016. She is also co-author of the bestselling ‘Parlour Games for Modern Families’, awarded ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children 2010. She works freelance as a structural editor and writing mentor.

Nelly Thomas

Writing Stand Up Comedy

An award-winning comedian with 16 years on national and international stages, Nelly now focuses her efforts on MCing, speaking, and writing books. She also loves to teach and is a regular guest presenter on ABC radio. 

Nick Gadd

Writing the Suburbs

Nick Gadd is the author of ‘Ghostlines’ (Scribe, 2008), which won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2007 and a Ned Kelly Award for best first crime novel. He has written non-fiction about signwriting and psychogeography for ‘Meanjin’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’, ‘Griffith Review’ and ‘The Guardian’. Nick was the 2015 winner of the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize and was shortlisted in the essay category of the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2015.

Nicolas Di Tempora

Business Writing: Editing Workplace Documents

Nicolas Di Tempora is a professional copywriter and editor and a qualified educator, who works with a diverse range of commercial, government, academic, social, and not-for-profit organisations.

He divides his commitments between freelance writing, editing and designing, and delivering professional development courses to professional communicators.

His qualifications include BA (English Literature and History), Monash University; Dip Ed (Humanities), Monash University; Advanced Diploma Professional Screenwriting (Film, Television and Digital Media), RMIT; Certificate IV Training and Assessment, CAE and Swinburne University. He is a member of Writers Victoria and the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Nicole Hayes

Summer School 2019 – Show Don’t Tell

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author of YA fiction, a freelance writer/editor, and podcaster. Her novels have been shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Award, WA Premier’s Award, and the YABBAs. A Shadow’s Breath and One True Thing are CBCA Notable books – the latter winning the Children’s Peace Literature Award. She’s a Stella Prize Ambassador who teaches writing to adults and young people, and is one-sixth of award winning ABC podcast/radio show, The Outer Sanctum.

Paddy O’Reilly

Reading for Writers

Paddy O’Reilly is the author of three novels, a novella and three short story collections. Her work has won awards and been published in Australia, the UK and the USA. Her latest book is ‘Peripheral Vision’, a short story collection (UQP, 2015).

Paul McVeigh

Online: Advanced Short Story Clinic

Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work for BBC Radio and at many international festivals. His award-winning debut novel ‘The Good Son’ was published by Salt Publishing in 2015. Paul is Director of the London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story. He is also a judge for international short story competitions and prizes and his work has been translated into seven languages.

Phillipa (PD) Martin

Phillipa (PD) Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published ‘traditionally’ in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series — Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death —met with international acclaim. In 2011 she moved into ebooks, releasing Coming Home, Hell’s Fury and two novels for younger readers. She’s currently working on a literary crime fiction novel and studying for her PhD in Creative Writing. 

Rafeif Ismail

Writing and Intersectionality

Rafeif Ismail, a third culture youth of the Sudanese diaspora, is an emerging writer who aims to explore the themes of home, belonging and Australian identity in the 21st century. Her current project aims to recreate the folktales of her childhood in English. She is committed to writing diverse characters and stories.

Richard Holt

Summer School 2019 – Microfiction: Making Every Word Count

Richard Holt’s short story and microfiction collection, What You Might Find, (Spineless Wonders, 2018) was described by The Australian as ‘a tonic for readers in search of new angles from which to spin the world around in their heads’. His stories have appeared in numerous collections and journals. He also produces microfiction for public spaces in a range of video, public art and performance formats.

Roanna Gonsalves

Rewilding the Short Story

Roanna Gonsalves is the author of ‘The Permanent Resident’, winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Multicultural Prize 2018, and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. It is on several lists of must-read books, and on the syllabi of university courses. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, is co-founder co-editor of ‘Southern Crossings’ and has a PhD from UNSW.    

Robert Gott

CSI: Crime Story Investigations, Session One – Double Indemnity

Robert Gott is the author of more than 90 works of non-fiction for children and seven adult crime novels, two of which have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. He is also the creator of the long-running cartoon in ‘The Age’ newspaper, ‘The Adventures of Naked Man’.

Sally Rippin

Winter School: Series Fiction for Children

Sally Rippin has over sixty books published, many of them award-winning, including the best-selling ‘Billie B Brown’ series, which has sold more than three million copies since first published. In 2017, she launched a new imprint with Bonnier Publishing called Sally Rippin Presents. This year, Sally released the second book in a new series called ‘Polly and Buster – The Mystery of the Magic Stones’.

Sarah Vincent

Managing the Sad, Bad and Mad Bits in Your Memoir

 Sarah Vincent is a graduate of the scriptwriting course at The Victorian College of the Arts and of The Professional Writing and Editing program at RMIT. Her memoir, ‘Death By Dim Sim’ was published by Penguin Random House in March 2017 and by Audible Books in 2018. Sarah currently teaches creative writing at Swinburne and RMIT universities and has had a long association with Writers Victoria in a previous role as Memberships Officer.

Sharon Kernot

Summer School 2019 – The Verse Novel

Sharon Kernot writes fiction and poetry. Her verse novel ‘The Art of Taxidermy’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize and published by Text in 2018. Her first novel ‘Underground Road’ was published by Wakefield Press. Sharon’s work has appeared in a variety of journals, magazines and anthologies including Island, Mascara, Southerly, Best Australian Poems, and Australian Love Stories. She is currently working as publishing assistant at Garron Publishing. www.sharonkernot.com.au

Shivaun Plozza

Ask… about YA Publishing

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’ (2016) and ‘Tin Heart’ (2018). She’s also been published in anthologies and journals, and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

Sian Prior

Refine Your Memoir

Dr Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for 25 years and has written for newspapers, magazines and literary journals and won awards for her short stories. She has taught non-fiction at RMIT and for writers centres around Australia. Her book ‘Shy: A memoir’ was published in 2014.

Simmone Howell

Ask…About Collaboration

Simmone Howell is the author of YA novels including Notes from the Teenage Underground and Girl Defective. She also writes non-fiction about houses, movies, and ways to map a city. She is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University researching life writing about adolescence and teenage dreamlives, and is working on her own pop culture memoir. Find her @postteen

Sonia Marcon

Subversion and Disability

Sonia Marcon is the chick with the stick. She has been working as an actor, writer, singer, producer and director for nearly twenty years. Since 2015 Sonia has performed in Quippings: Disabiity Unleashed events to deliver self-devised performances exploring the challenges and changes of disabled life with humour and pointed commentary. Sonia is one of the 2017 recipients of the Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowship. Her works have been published with ‘ABC Open’, ‘FilmInk’ and several short story anthologies.

Sonia Marcon

Subversion and Disability

Sonia Marcon is the chick with the stick. She has been working as an actor, writer, singer, producer and director for nearly twenty years. Since 2015 Sonia has performed in Quippings: Disabiity Unleashed events to deliver self-devised performances exploring the challenges and changes of disabled life with humour and pointed commentary. Sonia is one of the 2017 recipients of the Writers Victoria Write-ability Fellowship. Her works have been published with ‘ABC Open’, ‘FilmInk’ and several short story anthologies.

Sophie Cunningham

Travelling in Time – Writing History

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor. She is the author of two novels, ‘Geography’ (2004) and ‘Bird’ (2008) and two books of non-fiction: ‘Melbourne’ (2011), and ‘Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy’ (2014) which was shortlisted for several major literary prizes. Soon to be released is book of linked essays, ‘Tree of the Day’ (2019), and her third novel, ‘This Devastating Fever’ (2020). She is an Adjunct Professor of RMIT University’s non/fictionLab.

Steven Amsterdam

Generating Sparks in Fiction

Steven Amsterdam is the author of ‘Things We Didn’t See Coming’ (Winner, The Age Book of the Year), ‘What the Family Needed’ (shortlist, Encore Prize), and most recently, ‘The Easy Way Out’, which was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in The Age, The Guardian, The Monthly, Heat, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Overland, Salon, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He is also a palliative care nurse.

Sumudu Narayana

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 and has a PhD in Biological Sciences. She specialises and has general interests in adult fiction, crime, fantasy, general fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction science and academic writing, romance/erotica, and YA.

Specialises in:

  • Adult fiction
  • Crime
  • Fantasy
  • General fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Nonfiction science and academic writing
  • Romance/Erotica
  • Young Adult

Terry Jaensch

Online: Poetry Clinic

Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet, director and monologist. His first book of poetry, ‘Buoy’, was shortlisted for the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Anne Elder Award. He has worked as a writer-in-community, Poetry Editor of ‘Cordite’, artist-in-residence, dramaturge, Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and more. His latest volume of poetry is ‘Shark’.

Toni Jordan

Sex: Writing It

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008) was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, while Nine Days (2012) was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts (2018) was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary award. Her latest novel is The Fragments (2018). Toni has been published widely in newspapers and magazines.

Vikki Petraitis

How to Write and Sell True Crime

Vikki Petraitis marks 25 years of crime writing this year with her new book ‘Inside the Law’. For the first time, she steps into her stories to give a behind-the-scenes look at the crime writer’s journey. One of Vikki’s best-known books is ‘The Frankston Murders’ about serial killer Paul Denyer’s seven-week killing spree in 1993. Vikki has a Masters degree in Education and has taught writing skills to budding authors for many years.

We chatted with Vikki to learn what it takes to write a great story – choosing a captivating story, navigating the tricky territory of real crime writing and why women crime writers are coming out on top!

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