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Mentoring & Assessment

KSP can recommend the following local WA manuscript assessors, mentors and editors for poets and prose writers. Please contact them directly via the email listed on their website to request a quote for your needs.

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Glen Phillips


About Glen: Glen Phillips is a poet and professor, born 1936 in Southern Cross, Western Australia. He has won prizes and is internationally published with fifty books/chapbooks, most being his poetry collections. Glen is Director of Edith Cowan University’s International Centre for Landscape and Language and Patron of the KSP Writers' Centre.

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Laurie Steed

GENRE SPECIALTY: Literary Fiction and Short Fiction


About Laurie: Laurie Steed is an author and editor from Perth, Western Australia. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, and elsewhere. He won the 2012 Patricia Hackett Prize and is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (WA).

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Rashida Murphy

GENRE SPECIALTY: Literary Fiction and Short Fiction


About Rashida: Rashida Murphy has a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University. Her debut novel, The Historian’s Daughter, was shortlisted in the 2015 Dundee International Book Prize and published by UWA Publishing in 2016. She has won awards for short fiction and her prose and poetry has been published in Marginata, Westerly, Southern Crossings and Cafe Dissensus as well as anthologies such as We Will Be Shelter and Australian Stories.

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Roland Leach



About Roland: Roland has published four collections of poetry and is the proprietor of Sunline Press. He has won most of the prestigious poetry prizes in Australia, including the 1995 Newcastle Poetry Prize, was runner-up the following year, as well as winning the 1998 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and two Tom Collins Prizes.

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Stephen Dedman

GENRE SPECIALTY: Science Fiction and Fantasy


About Stephen: Stephen Dedman is the award-winning author of five science fiction and fantasy novels and more than 120 short stories, published and reprinted and in an eclectic variety of anthologies and magazines and languages. He has a PhD in English from UWA, where he has taught creative writing since 2003.

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Amanda Curtin

GENRE SPECIALTY: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction and Short Fiction


About Amanda: Amanda Curtin has published two novels, Elemental and The Sinkings, and a short story collection, Inherited. Elemental was shortlisted for the 2014 WA Premier’s Books Awards (Fiction and People’s Choice categories) and was released in the UK in 2016. She has a PhD in Writing and is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors.

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David Caddy

GENRE SPECIALTY: Young Adult Fiction and Children's Fiction (not picture books)


About David: David Caddy’s novels for young readers include The Bear Collection, Whammy, Smash, Whacko, The Reef, and Pope Max. He also writes school reports, which are occasionally in the genre of modern fantasy(he daylights as a primary school teacher). His books have won the WAYRBA Hoffman Award and been short-listed for The Premier’s Book Award.

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Satima Flavell

GENRE SPECIALTY: Historical Fantasy, History, and Family History


About Satima: Satima Flavell’s first two books, The Dagger of Dresnia and The Cloak of Challiver, are in print from Satalyte Publishing, with further books in the pipeline. She has also published poetry, and has written reviews and feature articles for The Australian, The West Australian, Dance Australia, Music Maker, ArtsWest and Scoop.

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John Harman

GENRE SPECIALTY: Narrative Fiction (all genres), Non-Fiction, Family History, Biographies

About John: John Harman has written for a living all his working life: in advertising, as a journalist in London and New York; as a film and television scriptwriter. He is also a novelist, having written a number of crime thrillers published by Hodder-Headline, as well as more than thirty non-fiction books.

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