At the beginning (of the retreats) in 2015, Amanda was one of the original mentors chosen to facilitate the writers. Now she’s back, for her third retreat!

Amanda Midlam began having her work published and produced at the age of 20. She went on to write books published by Penguin, Puffin, Harper Collins, Hodder, BBC Books and Hale & Iremonger. After gaining a certificate in Screenwriting from AFTRS, she had a successful career writing and directing videos. Her documentary, Banana Business, was screened at film festivals in Australia and internationally. She has worked as a journalist and has also had several short fiction stories and poems published.In her fifties she turned her attention to academia and has earned a BA with a double major in Literature and Composition, and Communications; a BA in Indigenous Studies; a Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics; and a Masters in Creative Writing.

Currently she is a freelance editor and manuscript consultant and is working on the biggest, most painstaking, book of her life – a memoir of her childhood.Amanda has experience with a wide range of forms of writing and at Kianinny has chosen to focus on creative non-fiction. This may be memoir, biography, family history, personal essay, essay of place, travel writing, literary journalism and documentary film. It is a wide field and for the purpose of this writers’ retreat could even include poetry- if the poetry includes observation from life.

If what you are writing is not clearly fiction, such as sci-fi, fantasy or romantic fiction, consider exploring some techniques of creative non-fiction.