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Current mentors

Activist, poet and academic Natalie Harkin is mentoring Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Novelist Peggy Frew is mentoring Brooke Maddison

Writer André Dao is mentoring Jose Da Costa

Author Bella Li is mentoring Josie/Jocelyn Deane

Novelist Hannah Kent is mentoring Jumaana Abdu

Academic and poet Alison Whittaker is mentoring Luke Patterson

Writer, poet and academic Jeanine Leane is mentoring Micaela Sahhar

Writer and editor Zoya Patel is mentoring Monikka Eliah

Author and academic Beth Yahp is mentoring Mykaela Saunders

Author and academic Tony Birch is mentoring Tristen Harwood

 

2020

Novelist, essayist, and researcher Maria Tumarkin mentored essayist and screenwriter Oliver Reeson

Novelist Mirandi Riwoe mentored memoirist Sharlene Allsopp

Writer and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke mentored poet, editor and curator Bigoa Chuol

Poet and researcher Evelyn Araluen mentored writer, editor, and arts worker Lujayn Hourani

Cartoonist and educator Sarah Howell mentored comic artist and zine-maker Mia Nie

Journalist, essayist, poet and fiction writer Anna Krien mentored writer and editor Timothy Loveday

Memoirist Kristina Olsson mentored writer and teacher Khin Myint

Author Bruce Pascoe mentored writer Jonathan Slottje

Writer and theatre-maker Claire Christian mentored editor and writer Allanah Hunt

Novelist Shane Maloney mentored writer Angelina Hurley

 

2019

Educator and arts programmer Michelle Fracaro mentored memoirist, performer and musician Racheal Oak Butler

Novelist and non-fiction writer Chloe Hooper mentored writer and community lawyer Sam Elkin

Novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate Arnold Zable mentored memoirist Arthur Bolkas

Non-fiction and science writer Rebecca Giggs mentored essayist Dan Hogan

Writer, editor and lawyer Alice Pung mentored memoirist Faina Iligoga

Novelist and non-fiction writer Melissa Lucashenko mentored young adult fiction writer Jasmin McGaughey

Poetry, prose and film writer Romaine Moreton mentored poet Lorna Munro

Artist and writer Sally Morgan mentored comedic fantasy writer Jasper Wyld

Poet and novelist Ellen van Neerven and poet, performer and children’s book writer Tusiata Avia mentored poet and critic Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi

Academic Duncan Campbell provided translation advice and assistance to fiction writer Grace Lee

 

2018

Poet, short-story writer and novelist Tony Birch mentored poet Evelyn Araluen

Playwright, theatre-maker and memoirist Michele Lee mentored memoirist Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Author, cultural historian, and creative writing teacher Maria Tumarkin mentored memoirist Jean Bachoura

Award-winning short-story writer Nam Le mentored short fiction writer Ennis Cehic

Poet, essayist and legal scholar Alison Whittaker mentored non-fiction writer Nayuka Gorrie

Young adult writer and advocate Rebecca Lim mentored young adult speculative fiction writer Lian Low

Memoirist and oral storyteller Sisonke Msimang mentored memoirist Yamiko Marama

Humorous fiction writer Nick Earls mentored comic fiction writer Ara Sarafian

Award-winning fiction and non-fiction writer Melissa Lucashenko mentored young adult fiction writer Adrian Stanley

Acclaimed novelist, poet and short-story writer Cate Kennedy mentored short fiction writer Adam Thompson

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