About us

Are you working on a full length work of fiction or non-fiction, or a screenplay?
Need help getting to the end, or seeing the shape of your story?

The Australian Writers Mentoring Program offers guidance to a select group of aspiring writers from Australia and around the world. We now also offer mentoring for screenwriters.

Novelist Kathryn Heyman founded the Australian Writers Mentoring Program to offer high-level mentoring to new and emerging writers of fiction and non-fiction.  The program runs over six months,  providing five one-on-one meetings with an established, award-winning writer.  Before each meeting the mentor will read up to ten thousand words of your work-in-progress, offering guidance on language, structure and character as well as marketing and placing your work.

curiousincident“The structure of the Curious Incident owes a great deal to Kathryn Heyman… She was talking to the students about structure.. as she spoke, the heavens opened, angels sang…”
Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Mentoring is personal and focused, and works best when there is a good fit between the mentor and mentee; it also works best when the new writer is ready to move to the next stage with their work. All the Australian Writers Mentoring Program mentors are highly experienced, prize-winning authors, each with at least five major works and substantial critical recognition. Each mentor also has extensive teaching and mentoring experience.  As such, this is a selective program. If you are not accepted we will – where possible – outline our reasons and suggest other ways forward.

Unlike many programs, the Australian Writers Mentoring Program works only with internationally acclaimed writers – among our number we include the founder of the Women’s Press, the winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize, the bestselling creator of a UK ‘Richard and Judy pick’, winners and nominees for major Australian and international awards, as well as the creator of the cult film, Fight Club. We’re  proud that we can offer the opportunity to be mentored by major Australian writers and proud of the many successes of our mentees.

Please note for writers in UK or Europe who wish to be mentored by Kathryn Heyman, applications are only accepted through Gold Dust.

Read what Kathryn Heyman, Director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, had to say about  the importance of mentoring, in an  article for Vogue Australia.