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

w/ Mireille Juchau, Rebecca Giggs, Kristina Olsson, or Peggy Frew

Project plan your manuscript with one-on-one consultations with a leading writer.

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.

Flexible dates

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


 

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.


Writers you'll be working with:

Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau’s third novel The World Without Us, was published internationally and won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her essays and reviews are most recently published in newyorker.com, 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…

Rebecca 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…

Kristina 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 Australia’s entry into the Vietnam War, was published last October and launched the legendary Scribner Australia literary imprint. It has…

Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew’s work has appeared in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and The Big Issue. Her novels have been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the Barbara Jefferis Award, shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing, and longlisted for…

Course outline

When applying choose the mentor that suits your needs.

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

 

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

Praise for this course

“The Author to Author programme was exactly what I needed.  Having a full draft I found I’d gone blind to why my plot was “off”. The mentor untangled the knot I’d got myself in so I could move on – thrilled. ” Annie (2020)

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.