2020

* We are delighted to hear that Helena Fox’s debut novel How It Feels to Float won the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in the Writing for Young Adults category. Helena was mentored by Kathryn Heyman.

2020

* Hearty congratulations to our outstanding mentor, Dr Mark Tredinnick, who received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to literature, and to education” in the 2020 Australia Day Honours roll. Well deserved recognition of Mark’s ongoing dedication in his field. Read more about Mark on our Mentors Page.

2020

* We are thrilled for Andrew Mackie, whose novel, The Tour, will be published by Penguin Australia in June 2020. Kathryn Heyman mentored Andrew under the Headway program.

2020

We are thrilled about the publication of Jane Riley's debut novel The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock. After an international auction, Jane is published by Lake Union. Jane was mentored by Kathryn Heyman under the Headway Program. Read what she had to say about mentoring here

2019

* Congratulations to Christine Sykes, who was mentored by Stephanie Dowrick for her memoir and whose first novel, The Changing Room was released by Ventura Press in November 2019. Read Christine’s testimonial here

2019

* We are delighted for Rob Donnelly who was mentored during 2017 by Kathryn Heyman. His novel, Out of Order was published in 2019. In September 2019, Richard Fidler of ABC Conversations interviewed Rob about his memoir and his experience of joining a contemplative monastery in Melbourne. Listen to the podcast at Conversations with Richard Fidler, Sarah Kanowski on the ABC.

2019

* Congratulations to Nick Gadd mentored by Nick Earls, whose second book, Death of a Typographer, was published in September 2019 by Australian Scholarly Publishing. Read Nick’s testimonial here

2019

* Exciting news from Cait Duggan mentored by James Bradley. Cait’s first book, a young adult fiction, The Last Balfour, was published published in July 2019. We are delighted to hear this wonderful news.

2019

* Congratulations to Sienna Brown mentored by Kathryn Heyman, 2018. Sienna’s book, Master Of My Fate published by Vintage Australia, May 2019.

2018

* Congratulations to Tanya Heaslip, mentored by Kathryn Heyman, who has signed a two memoir book deal with Allen and Unwin. Her first memoir is a Girls’ Own Adventure and love story set in Prague, not long after the Berlin Wall fell, and the bittersweet search for identity and belonging and the ultimate meaning of where home lies. This memoir was published in May 2019. The second book is to be a memoir of growing up on an outback cattle station in Central Australia during the 1960s and 70s. It will celebrate a land of blue skies and red earth, a time of no communication with the outside world except by two-way radio, life on a horse in the stock camp and the joys of learning through School of the Air. This memoir will be published in June 2020.

2018

Double congratulations and good luck to our mentor Mark Tredinnick and also to Kevin Smith, who is currently working with Mark. Both have been shortlisted (more than once) in the nation’s most significant poetry competition, the Newcastle Poetry Prize.

2018

Congratulations to Nicole McAlinden, mentored by Kathryn Heyman, whose novel Little Did I Know was the winner of the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. Nicole says, “I am completely stunned and delighted by the news, and I know that I wouldn’t be on the short list without your wonderful guidance.”

2018

AWMP mentee Michelle Johnston was a winner of the Hachette/QWC Manuscript Development Award for her novel Dustfall. We’re very excited for Michelle who says of the mentoring program, “It felt like psychotherapy for my characters and bootcamp for my structure. I could not recommend the process more highly, particularly for the writing of a first novel.”  Dustfall was published by UWA Press and is receiving rave reviews’ (2018)

2018

We are delighted to share the news that Emma Harcourt’s debut novel, The Shanghai Wife was released in June 2018. Emma was mentored by Kathryn Heyman and has signed a two book deal with Harlequin. 

2017

Suzi Fox, who was mentored by Toni Jordan shares the good news that her novel, Mine, was published by Penguin Random House in June 2018. Suzi credits Toni’s help for enabling her to deliver the best possible manuscript to the publisher.

2017

Congratulations to Glenna Thomson,  mentored by Toni Jordan who has secured a 2-book deal with Penguin Random House. Her first book, Blueberry, was published in January 2017.

2017

 Lisa Bigelow who was mentored by Kathryn Heyman has had her debut novel, We That Are Left, published by Allen and Unwin. Set in inner Melbourne and rural Victoria, We That Are Left is a moving and haunting novel about love and war. Read more here. Congratulations Lisa!

2016

Amanda Webster was mentored by Kathryn Heyman under The Intensive program, working on her second non-fiction book. A Tear in the Soul , which was published by New South Books in September 2016. We wish Amanda great success with this important exploration of race in Australia.

2016

Caroline Beecham was mentored and taught by Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley, and her first novel, Maggie’s Kitchen, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. We’re thrilled about Caroline’s success!

2016

Kathryn Heyman mentored Sarah Armstrong during the writing of her beautiful third novel, Promise. Sarah worked with Kathryn via the Intensive Program, and the rights to Promise have been sold in Germany.

2015

For the second year, one of our mentees has been shortlisted for the prestigious Impress Prize in the UK. Rudrani Tooth has been shortlisted for the international novel award for her manuscript "The Year of the Metal Bird". Rudrani says simply “I could not have done it without Kathryn”.

2015

Deborah Biancotti was taught by James Bradley and signed a three-book deal for a series co-written with Margo Lanagan and Scott Westerfield. The series, Zeroes, has been sold in the UK, USA, Turkey, Spain and Germany and the first in the series is a New York Times bestseller. Deborah says “James is a smart, insightful and compassionate coach whose breadth of knowledge about fiction—in all its forms—is hard to beat.”

2015

Sally Collin-James has signed with top literary agent Gaby Naher of the Naher Agency. Sally says “The mentorship helped me clarify critical plot issues, sharpen the writing word-by-word and produce a taut, toned manuscript that gained me a first-class agent.”

2014

PJ Tierney, mentored by Kathryn Heyman 2011 – 2013 signed a three-book deal after a three-way auction. Rights to her YA series are now being sold internationally. The first in the series – Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior – was published on July 1st 2013 and has been shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize. She continued her mentorship working on the second and third books in the series Jamie Reign – The Hidden Dragon, and Jamie Reign – The Lost Soul.

2014

We were thrilled to hear that mentee Bernadette Williamson was shortlisted for the 2014 Impress Prize for Fiction. Bernadette says that mentor Kathryn Heyman was "always enthusiastic and encouraging, she swooped on faults from structure to punctuation and enabled me to write a much better novel. I’m so grateful to be shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers and it’s all Kathryn’s doing!"

2014

Jo Riccioni, taught by James Bradley, continues to receive reviews for The Italians at the Cleat Street Corner Store (Scribe) and is now working on her second novel. Jo wrote: “I believe his lack of pretension and genuine openness to the role of fiction and its capabilities puts James at the forefront of writing teachers and mentors working today.”

2014

Kathryn Heyman taught Cherise Saywell as part of a residential program in the UK, during the writing of her first novel, Desert Fish, published by Random House. We are delighted by her ongoing success.

2013

Kathryn Heyman mentored Ondine Sherman, during the writing of her memoir, Miracle of Love. The memoir was published by Murdoch books in 2013, with coverage in the national press.

2012

Kathryn mentored Ed Siegle in the writing of his first novel, Invisibles (Myriad Editions). The novel was  shortlisted for the 2012 Waverton Good Read Award in the UK.

2012

Kathryn mentored Maggie Freeman during the writing of her historical novel, Cymberie. We were thrilled to see Cymberie published by Indigo in the UK.

2011

Kathryn Heyman mentored Jane Rusbridge throughout the writing of her first novel, The Devil’s Music. The novel was longlisted for the 2011 Impac International Award. Jane’s second novel, Rook, has recently been published by Bloomsbury and was brilliantly  reviewed in August in the Times Literary Supplement. 

2011

Martha Lea was taught by Kathryn Heyman and Gold Dust founder Jill Dawson on an Arvon residential course in the UK. Her novel, The Specimen, was published by Canongate in 2013. 

"Kathryn is a wonderfully nurturing mentor; her frankness and genuine love of writing really gave me the drive I needed to finish the manuscript and believe in myself as a writer."

Emma Harcourt, author of The Shanghai Wife (2018), mentored by Kathryn Heyman