About the Mentors

KYD now offers a unique, comprehensive and structured editorial mentorship program designed to support early-career writers. Writers across Australia can now apply to work with these experienced, award-winning writers, editors and teachers, with valuable insights into both the publishing industry and the creative regime required to craft a long-form manuscript.

Bri Lee 

Genres: non-fiction, narrative non-fiction, reportage, essays, memoir

‘Mentors really helped me through my first few years as a writer, and I’m happy to now be in a position to offer guidance to others. I’m looking forward to helping emerging writers shape their material into tight, compelling works with unique perspectives that they can then hone, talk about, and pitch to industry.’

Bri Lee is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Monthly, Harpers Bazaar Australia, the Saturday Paper, Crikey, the Guardian, and elsewhere. Her first book, Eggshell Skull, is a memoir exploring systemic injustice in the Australian legal system, and has been longlisted for The Stella Prize, shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards, and won the People’s Choice Awards at both the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the 2018 Nib Awards for research in writing.

Benjamin Law

Genres: narrative non-fiction, memoir, essays, young adult fiction

‘I’m looking forward to working with writers to hone their non-fiction, and helping them discover the myriad ways in which personal stories are so often actually about big, important discussions we should all be having.’

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law (2010), Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) and Quarterly Essay 67: Moral Panic 101 (2017). He’s also the co-host of ABC RN’s Stop Everything, and The Family Law is now an award-winning TV series for SBS, which he created and co-writes. benjamin-law.com

Rebecca Starford

Genres: fiction, short stories, memoir, narrative non-fiction

‘Writing can be a solitary activity. What I enjoy most about working with new writers, and what I think is most beneficial to them, is having that close and really engaging conversation about their work – asking them questions that haven’t been asked before, about why a character does this, or why the plot is shaped like that. A conversation that can give new perspective and clarity to the work, while at the same time providing pathways to improving it.’

Rebecca Starford is the publishing director of Kill Your Darlings. She is also the author of the memoir, Bad Behaviour, and the forthcoming novel, The Handler (both Allen & Unwin). She is a former editor at Text Publishing, and has worked for Affirm Press and Australian Book Review. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Age, Weekend Australian, and Big Issue Fiction Edition. Bad Behaviour is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures. Rebecca teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland and coordinates KYD’s Writers Workshop. 

Danielle Binks

Genre: fiction, young-adult fiction

‘I’m looking forward to reading works from eclectic and engaging emerging authors, particularly those that embrace a multicultural voice, across all genres and for all readerships. And I’m keen to help develop works with big-picture concepts, while also helping writers to craft and shape their raw material.’ 

Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, book blogger and youth literature advocate. In 2016 she joined literary agency, Jacinta di Mase Management, as an agent seeking exciting new Australian voices. She edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology (HarperCollins, 2017). Danielle is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing & Editing program.

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