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Author to Author: Mentorship and Editorial Program

w/ Mireille Juchau, Rebecca Giggs, Drusilla Modjeska, Peggy Frew or Pip Smith

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

Please note that Drusilla Modjeska is only available for 5 x fortnightly meetings.


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:

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 Her novels have been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the Barbara Jefferis Award, shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing, and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…

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an author from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays, and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s nonfiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Fathoms: The World in the…

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…

Drusilla Modjeska

Drusilla Modjeska has written several hybrid creative non-fiction titles including Poppy (1990), a ‘fictional biography’ of her mother, and The Orchard (1994), an auto-fictional memoir. Both books won several awards, as did Stravinsky’s Lunch (1999) which brought a contemporary eye to the lives of the Australian modernist artists Grace Cossington Smith and Stella Bowen. The…

Pip Smith

Pip Smith is a writer of poetry, fiction, literary criticism and punk songs. She was named an SMH Best Young Novelist of 2018 for her debut novel, Half Wild, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Voss Literary award, the Davitt Award, and longlisted for an ABIA Best Debut Fiction award. Her first collection of poetry, Too Close…

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 program 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)

“I found it inspiring, motivating and validating, and for one of the first times, felt as if my writing project might actually be worthwhile.” Simone (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.