On your QWC Writing Mentorship application form please nominate one to three industry professionals you’d like to work with from the list below. If you are unsure who best matches your area of interest or have any questions, please contact us at admin@qldwriters.org.au or on 07 3842 9922. If you your area of interest isn’t represented in this list, please contact us or submit an application form and we will do out best to match you with another industry professional.

Please do not contact the industry professionals directly. All administration of the QWC Writing Mentorship program is coordinated by QWC.


General Notes

The Writer’s Surgery program is not a manuscript assessment service or a pathway to publishing. Your industry professional may refer you to publishers, commercial services and/or literary agents but this is their choice and they are under no obligation to do so.

Any opinions expressed by your industry professional are their own, and QWC recommends seeking the advice of an arts law professional before engaging in any publishing agreement.


Artist Biographies​

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books, a teacher and mentor to emerging writers and an ambassador for the Stella Prize Schools Program. She has twice been named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. Her latest novel, An Isolated Incident, has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Prize, and the ABIA 2017 Literary Fiction Book of the Year.

Kali Napier

Kali Napier

Kali Napier is the bestselling author of the historical novel The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge, published by Hachette Australia and Piatkus UK. She has had two manuscripts longlisted in the Bath Novel Award and was selected to participate in the QWC / Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.
Kali holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing, and Publishing, and a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing from The University of Queensland, where she works as a tutor and supervisor in the writing program. She has 5+ years’ experience in developing tenders, preparing proposals and grant applications for submission.

Abagail Nathan

Abigail Nathan

Abigail Nathan is an editor who has run Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services since 2004. With a background in copywriting and magazine and legal publishing, she is a genre fiction specialist who works with major Australian and UK trade publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Gollancz; as well as with emerging and self-publishing writers.

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of novels, memoirs and poetry collections, Affection, Triptych, Steeplechase, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, Eating My Grandmother and An Uncertain Grace. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries and has had short stories, memoir and essays published.


Amy Andrews

Amy is a multi award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over 60 contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She’s sold two million books and been translated into over a dozen different languages. Amy worked as a registered nurse for 26 years mostly in the paediatric intensive care field. She spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two-year term as president and after many years unofficially mentoring emerging writers, started her own manuscript assessment business which specialises in genre fiction.