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Author to Author: Project plan your manuscript with one-on-one consultations with a leading writer


This is an opportunity to forge ahead with your work in progress. You will be paired with a leading author for a series of fortnightly one-on-one consultation sessions to discuss your work, and help you negotiate the roadblocks and challenges you might be facing. The sessions provide a forum to keep you accountable for producing work to regular deadlines. Consider the author we connect you with as a partner to provide guidance and important feedback.

The writer will review a sample of your work and help you build a project plan, discuss your work in progress and provide rolling feedback as each fortnight you submit a new piece of writing. Meetings will be held face-to-face via video conferencing.

This specialist service will also include a professional copy edit of your work in progress from an experienced Senior Editor at Allen & Unwin. You will receive two rounds of edits on a piece of 3000 words, getting it in shape ahead of potential submissions.

This program is designed for a writer looking to develop the start of their manuscript, strengthen a single chapter or to work on a standalone longform work.

This opportunity would be ideal for a writer of literary fiction or literary nonfiction.

Choose the length of program to suit your needs.

5 x fortnightly meetings (10 weeks): $1900 full price / $1615 alumni
Includes 2 rounds of edits on a piece up to 3000 words

10 x fortnightly meetings (20 weeks): $3230 full price / $2745.50 alumni
Includes 2 rounds of edits on a piece up to 9000 words

When applying choose the mentor that suits your needs.

MireilleMireille Juchau

Mireille Juchauís third novel The World Without Us, was published internationally and won the 2016 Victorian Premierís Literary Award. Her essays and reviews are most recently published in, LA Review of Books, LitHub, The Monthly and Best Australian Essays. She has a PhD in literature and has taught widely at universities and in the community. In 2018 Mireille was writer in residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, researching a novel on epigenetics and historical memory.

AnwenAnwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is a Sydney-based writer and critic. She is the music critic for The Monthly, and her essays have appeared in publications including Best Australian Essays, the New Yorker, Meanjin and Sydney Review of Books. She was awarded the 2016-17 NSW Writerís Fellowship and was the 2017-18 UTS Writer in Residence. Her book Live Through This (2015) is published by Bloomsbury, and her second book of non-fiction, No Document, will be published in 2021 by Giramondo.

RebeccaRebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is the author of Fathoms: The World in the Whale. Her nonfiction has appeared in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Essays, The Atlantic, Granta, and Griffith Review, among other publications. Rebecca's writing focuses on our connection to animals in a time of technological change and ecological crisis. She is eager to work with writers in the genres of nature and science writing, essay, narrative nonfiction and cultural criticism.

KristinaKristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her 2013 memoir, Boy, Lost, garnered multiple national awards. Her new novel, Shell, set in Sydney against the backdrop of the building of Sydney Opera House and Australiaís entry into the Vietnam War, was published last October and launched the legendary Scribner Australia literary imprint. It has been shortlisted in several major literary awards.

Kristinaís previous work includes the novel The China Garden and the biography Kilroy Was Here. She also works as a journalist, mentor and teacher of creative writing, and is currently working on a new work of narrative non-fiction. She lives in Brisbane.

Please research the work of the writer you are applying for to find the best fit.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, services - including mentors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

How to apply:

Please submit a 1500-word writing sample from your work in progress, a brief synopsis of the project and a short biography for the mentor to assess before committing to the sessions.

Use this link to make your submission.

Payment details:

Successful applicants will be asked to pay a deposit to commence the program. The balance of the fee, will be payable in two further instalments. In the week leading up to these dates you will be sent a payment link. Refunds are not available to those who miss sessions or drop out.

For the 5 x fortnightly meeting (10 week) program the deposit upon acceptance is $ 900/ $ 765 alumni. Two further payments of $ 500/$ 425 alumni will be due at week 4 and week 8 of your program.

For the 10 x fortnightly meeting (20 week) program the deposit upon acceptance is $ 1230/ $ 1045.50 alumni. Two further payments of $ 1000/ $ 850 alumni will be due at week 8 and week 16 of your program.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy: or phone (02) 8425 0171