Announcing The Next Chapter mentors

The Wheeler Centre announces the ten mentors who will work with The Next Chapter's first cohort of writers over the next 12 months.

Photographs of the mentors

L-R (Top): Michele Lee, Tony Birch, Maria Tumarkin, Nam Le, Alison Whittaker; L-R (Bottom): Rebecca Lim, Cate Kennedy, Nick Earls, Sisonke Msimang, Melissa Lucashenko

The Wheeler Centre is excited to announce ten mentors who’ve been matched with The Next Chapter’s first cohort of writers. These mentors will work with each writer over 12 months to develop their work and help connect them with publishers and readers.

  • Poet, short-story writer and novelist Tony Birch will mentor poet Evelyn Araluen
  • Playwright, theatre-maker and memoirist Michele Lee will mentor memoirist Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
  • Author, cultural historian, and creative writing teacher Maria Tumarkin will mentor memoirist Jean Bachoura
  • Award-winning short-story writer Nam Le will mentor short fiction writer Ennis Cehic
  • Poet, essayist and legal scholar Alison Whittaker will mentor non-fiction writer Nayuka Gorrie
  • Young adult writer and advocate Rebecca Lim will mentor young adult speculative fiction writer Lian Low
  • Memoirist and oral storyteller Sisonke Msimang will mentor memoirist Yamiko Marama
  • Humorous fiction writer Nick Earls will mentor comic fiction writer Ara Sarafian
  • Award-winning fiction and non-fiction writer Melissa Lucashenko will mentor young adult fiction writer Adrian Stanley
  • Acclaimed novelist, poet and short-story writer Cate Kennedy will mentor short fiction writer Adam Thompson

Presented by the Wheeler Centre with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter is about providing new writers with the time and space to craft their voice and career. It's about investing in a new generation of writers who will reflect the diversity of Australian identities and experiences.

For more information on the first cohort of writers, see our previous announcement.

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