Dr Kathryn Heyman has taught Creative Writing for the University of Oxford, the University of Glasgow and the University of Sydney, for whom she’s also been an external examiner. She was the Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellow for the University of Glasgow and the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. As Royal Literary Fellow in Australia she worked with Karrayili Adult Education Centre on story projects with indigenous communities in and around Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. She is a graduate of the MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and has a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney.

A regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation, she is the Fiction Program Director of Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin. She has led writing courses in Bali, Fiji, Athens, Oxford, Edinburgh, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Darwin and Hong Kong and is acknowledged as being particularly skilled in helping writers understand story structure.

Australian Writers Mentoring Program

Visit the website here.

Are you working on a full length book of fiction or non-fiction?
Need help getting to the end, or seeing the shape of your story?
Kathryn Heyman offers mentoring to a small group of Australian writers through the Australian Writers Mentoring Program.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

‘The structure of the Curious Incident owes a great deal to Kathryn Heyman, with whom I was teaching a course some years ago. She was talking to the students about structure… as she spoke, the heavens opened, angels sang..’
– Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

‘Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy, humour, and profound understanding of story structure, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions. With her help, within my target year I had a completed novel..and an agent.
Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devil’s Music (Bloomsbury, London), Longlisted for Impac International Award

‘Kathryn coupled an unfailingly positive encouragement with a keen, constructively critical eye… she is passionate about the work of those she guides. She is a fantastic teacher, a methodical organiser – I cannot think of anyone more qualified as a mentor. I would not have published my short story collection, nor won my BAFTA, without her influence. I owe her big time.’
Raymond Soltysek, BAFTA winner and author of Occasional Demons

The program runs with a small number of writers, usually twice yearly.

All information on the program including fees and application processes can be found here.

Mentoring is personal, and focused, and works best when there is a good fit between the mentor and the new writer; it also works best when the new writer is ready to move to the next stage with their work. If you’re not accepted into the program, we’ll let you know why, and suggest other ways forward.

‘Kathryn is an inspirational and charismatic teacher. With her trademark energy and humour, she encouraged me to ask the hard questions.’
– Jane Rusbridge, author of The Devils Music, Longlisted for Impac Award

‘Kathryn is a highly skilled, brilliant and dynamic mentor. The author of 6 wonderful novels, she was able to communicate from a deep understanding of the writing process and guided me as to what was important, what worked, what didn’t.
This was mentoring at its best, which I will always treasure.’

– Sienna Brown, whose book, Master Of My Fate, published by Vintage Australia will be available from May 2019.