This week, we dive deeper into the world of writing courses with Program Director for Faber Academy, Kathryn Heyman. As an acclaimed novelist, Kathryn spoke with Kim about Allen & Unwin's writing programme and why it continues to produce such amazing talent including authors Michelle Wright, Emma Viskic and Kelly Doust, who guest-starred on episode #038.
Kathryn is the author of six novels, including the forthcoming domestic noir novel set in the world of competitive freediving, Storm and Grace, which is due for release early next year. Her novels have been published internationally and in translation. She's been nominated for many awards including the Orange Prize (now the Bailey's Prize), the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Critics Awards, the West Australian Premier's Awards and the KIbble Prize and has won awards in the UK and Australia including the Wingate and the Arts Council of England Writers Award. Kathryn is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program and Program Director for Faber Writing Academy at Allen and Unwin.
During their chat, Kim talked to Kathryn about her own path to publication, as well as the benefits of signing up for a writing course or a mentorship to help you with your own writing journey.