Category Archives: Mentorship

141 Day-long script clinic for a play or musical – Van Badham

Item: A day-long script clinic for a play or musical in development, in London or Sydney.

Details:

Brief Bio: Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally produced plays for stage, music theatre and radio. Her theatre plays have had seasons at the Sydney Opera House, the Wharf studio, the Seymour Centre, the Victorian Arts Centre, Perth’s Blue Room and the Adelaide Festival. She has had plays and musical theatre staged at seven Edinburgh Festivals, in London and on the UK touring circuit, in America, in Iceland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Austria and in Germany. MIT Press in the US published her 2003 Edinburgh hit Camarilla. Her scripts for radio have been broadcast by the BBC World Service, Radio 3 and Radio 4. In 2007, Van’s play The Gabriels became the first Australian play selected for New York’s Summer Play Festival.

211 Children’s/One on One Workshop: Rosanne Hawke

ITEM: A one on one workshop with children’s and young adult author Rosanne Hawke.

DETAILS: This meeting can be conducted over the phone or in person at a South Australian location  negotiated between Rosanne and the winning bidder.

BIO: Rosanne Hawke has written 16 books for young people; many have been shortlisted or noted in awards. Rosanne has been an aidworker in the Middle East and now she teaches Creative Writing at Tabor Adelaide. Her new book is called Marrying Ameera.

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6-month Mentorship (Romance): Robyn Grady

ITEM: A 6-month mentorship – Romance category – with author Robyn Grady.

DETAILS: Robyn will be your mentor while you write your novel, giving you expert advice and feedback based on her huge success in this genre. This package includes an optional get-together at the 2011 Melbourne Conference.

CV: Robyn’s career began in television but she was determined to become a published author and – after thirteen contest finals in 2006 – she bagged a New York agent and sold within weeks, first to Silhouette Desire, then to Modern Heat (Presents). She lives on the Sunshine Coast and is currently writing her seventeenth Romance novel. Please see Robyn’s website for more details about her books.

265 Mentorship/One hour: Wendy Orr

ITEM: One hour mentorship (face to face in Mornington Peninsula cafe, or over phone) with children’s author Wendy Orr.

BIO:Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, and spent her childhood in various places across Canada, France, and the USA, but wherever she lived, there were lots of stories, adventures and animals. Wendy fell in love with the mountains when she went to summer camp in the Rockies when she was eight. When she was twelve, she climbed Pike’s Peak in Colorado with her father and sister, and will never forget the thrill of reaching the top! Raven’s Mountainis set in the high mountain country of British Columbia in Canada. This area is the home of many wild animals, including grizzlies and black bears. And very occasionally, a rare white Spirit Bear from the central coast of British Columbia has also been spotted further inland… Wendy is the author of several award-winning books, including Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea, Spook’s Shack, Mokie and Bik, and for teenagers, Peeling the Onion.

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134 Day-long playwrighting clinic – Elaine Acworth

Item: A day-long clinic on a performance/theatre script – any stage of development, for an emerging or developing playwright.

Details:

Brief Bio: Elaine Acworth studied at the East 15 Acting School in London, where she worked as an actor and a director. Her first play Torched was produced in 1990 by London’s Finborough Theatre. She returned to Australia in 1991, and Composing Venus was the result of her work with the Queensland Theatre Company’s new writing program. Her 1993 play Bod was workshopped at the Australian National Playwright’s Conference.

191 Mentoring/Three Months: Neil McMahon

ITEM: Three month mentoring and/or editing session.

DETAILS: Three month mentoring and/or editing session with Neil McHahon. Particular focus on ghost-writing – finding your voice, and someone else’s voice, and making the pair combine and work.

CV: Neil McMahon is the co-author of ‘Say It Out Loud’ published by Random House.

REVIEWS

‘Ridiculously good.’ – David Marr
‘I loved this book. It’s brave and touching.’ – Rupert Everett
‘A deeply moving journey that pays tribute to the superpower of a loving family.’ – Lucy Clark, Sunday Telegraph
‘It took the film Brokeback Mountain to coax out Adam Sutton’s own amazing story. With the help of journalist friend McMahon, the mixed-up, angry kid unravels a complex story that involves a fatal traffic accident, extreme risk behaviour and a family that sticks by him. You wouldn’t read about it in Hollywood.’ – Sunday Times, Perth
‘As commonplace as it is extraordinary. Extraordinary for the environment through which he makes his journey… on the evidence of this moving book he has come a long way fast.’ – Robert Bevan, Sydney Morning Herald.

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36 2-hour Mentoring Workshop with Lisa Heidke (2 of 2)

ITEM: A two-hour mentoring workshop with author Lisa Heidke. 

DETAILS: Lisa will discuss with you your work-in-progress and share her experience of drafting novels and the route to publication.

CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.

I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.

‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.

I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.

In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.

Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.

In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did NextWhat Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.

Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.

See Lisa’s website.

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35 2-Hour Mentoring Workshop With Lisa Heidke (1 of 2)

ITEM: A two-hour mentoring workshop with author Lisa Heidke. 

DETAILS: Lisa will discuss with you your work-in-progress and share her experience of drafting novels and the route to publication.

CV: After growing up in Brisbane, I ran away to Sydney, via London, and worked in book and magazine publishing. After many years living in the inner west, I was surprised one morning to wake up and find myself married with three children and living on the North Shore.

I’m not one of those people who’ve always wanted to write a novel…okay, I am one of those people. But it wasn’t until a few years ago I seriously challenged myself to do something about it. In fact, it was during an alcohol fuelled New Year’s Eve party where friends had been discussing the merits of a newly published novel.

‘I could write that,’ I blurted to anyone who’d listen. I’ve long forgotten the title of the book from that night, but the idea of writing my own novel, quickly became my New Year’s resolution. The next morning my husband poked me in the ribs, force fed me two Nurofen + and pointed me in the direction of the computer. I also have a vague recollection of him quietly sniggering.

I thought it would be easy. Why not? I had some ideas, so set myself up with several ‘how to’ books, a corner of an overcrowded spare room I could call my own – and was filled with great enthusiasm—confident that at the following New Year’s Eve do, I’d be one of the very few who’d managed to keep their resolution. I’d have written my first novel and would be well on my way to publication.

In my dreams! That was ten long years ago.

Along the way, This Wife’s Life was short listed for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Awards in 2005, and then in 2006, Lucy Springer’s Story was short listed. With a hell of a lot more writing, rewriting, editing, and several buckets of tears, Lucy Springer’s Story morphed into what is now Lucy Springer Gets Even, which was published in 2009.

In 2009, I continued re-writing This Wife’s Life which was re-named What Kate did NextWhat Kate did Next hit the bookshops in January 2010.

Am very pleased to announce that my third book Claudia’s Big Break will be available throughout Australia and New Zealand – and online – from January 2011.

See Lisa’s website.

Please bid in the comments box below.

100 Consultation with a Medievalist – Dr Gillian Polack

Item: An hour’s consultation (over the phone or over coffee, depending on location) for anyone using the Middle Ages in their fiction who might find chatting with a Medievalist useful.

Details:

Brief Bio: Dr. Gillian Polack has an academic and public service background. She completed her doctoral thesis in French and English Medieval history at the University of Sydney in 1987. She has also studied at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto, Canada, as well as in London and Paris.

Gillian’s main foci are writing and teaching. The writing covers a wide range, from academic to popular, non-fiction to fiction. She has had over twenty short pieces published (including a story for which she won an Australia Day Award), and has completed several major works, including one play and a cookbook. Illuminations is her first novel.

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