* 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. Winners announced on 20th October.
* Congratulations and good luck to Nicole McAlinden, mentoried by Kathryn Heyman, whose novel Little Did I Know was shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.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.”
*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.” Read the full testimonial.
* It’s wonderful to share the news that Emma Harcourt’s debut novel, The Shanghai Wife will be available from June 2018. Emma was mentored by Kathryn Heyman.
* AWMP is pleased to congratulate Emma Harcourt, mentored by Kathryn Heyman, has signed a two book deal with Harlequin, for publication of her novel The Shanghai Wife in 2018.
* Suzi Fox, who was mentored by Toni Jordan also shares the good news that her novel, Mine, will be 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. Read more here.
* 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. Read more here.
* 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!
* Miranda Landgraf was mentored by Kathryn Heyman and has just sold her first book, A Book of Untruths to Faber UK to be published in 2017. We wish Miranda every success. Read Miranda’s full testimonial here
* Amanda Webster was mentored by Kathryn Heyman under The Intensive program, working on her second non-fiction book. A Tear in the Soul , which will be published by New South Books in September. We wish Amanda great success with this important exploration of race in Australia. Read the testimonial here
*Caroline Beecham was mentored and taught by Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley, and her first novel, Maggie’s Kitchen, is to be published by Allen & Unwin in August 2016. We’re thrilled about Caroline’s success!
*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. In Australia, it will be published by Pan MacMillan on the 1st July 2016.
* We are thrilled to be joined by a new mentor, Ross Grayson Bell, the man who created the film Fight Club. An expert in narrative structure, Ross has adapted several novels for screen and is the Senior Judge of the NSW Literary Awards. Ross mentors screenwriters, playwrights and prose writers who are particularly interested in focusing on their story structure.
* 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”.
* Yet another mentee has signed with a top agent. Emma Harcourt has signed with Pippa Masson of Curtis Brown Australia who plan to present her beautiful novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair!
* “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 (cover, right), 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.”
*Sally Collin-Jameshas recently 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.” Read the full testimonial here.
2013 – 2014
*We were so thrilled to hear that mentee Bernadette Williamson was shortlisted for the 2014 Impress Prize for Fiction. Read what Bernadette had to say about the program.
* 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! 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.
* PJ Tierney‘s The Last Spirit Warrior was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize. Read what PJ Tieney had to say about the experience of being mentored by Kathryn here.
* 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.”
* Kathryn mentored Angela Goode in 2012/13, working on her memoir Through the Farm Gate, published by Allen & Unwin in December 2013. She’s receiving great reviews. We’re all thrilled for Angela! Read her testimonial here.
*Kathryn taught Cherise Saywell as part of a residential program in the UK, during the writing of her first novel, Desert Fish (cover right), published by Random House. We’ve been thrilled with her ongoing success.
2011 – 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.
* Kathryn mentored Maggie Freeman during the writing of her historical novel, Cymberie. We were thrilled to see Cymberie published by Indigo in the UK.
*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.
*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. We’re thrilled for Jane’s ongoing success.
Dear Kathryn and Jill,
I just wanted to thank you both again for a fantastic week at the Hurst in June this year. Most especially, I want to thank you both for all your encouraging words and helpful advice about my novel, The Specimen. As you may know, I sent my first pages to Peter at RC&W and he passed them on to Jennifer Hewson. Jennifer has been wonderful, and I have had an offer for The Specimen. Truly, this wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for you two telling me to get it out there again. So thank you.
Wishing you the best