• Writing coaching & mentoring

Sydney School of Arts & Humanities offers coaching and mentoring to authors who are looking for help or guidance with their work.  Writers of all levels of experience can reach a stage where outside perspective is beneficial.

Book Coaching: We tailor our book coaching to each individual, depending on their specific needs and skill level. Whether you need help formulating your ideas and developing your plot and characters, mastering the technical craft of writing, editing your draft or considering publication options, we can offer advice and support.

Please contact us for a free consultation by phone, where we can discuss your goals and issues, and you can decide in which aspect of writing we will assist you.

SSOA writing coaches & book coaches

christine-williams mentoring coaching

Christine Williams has broad experience in writing for publication across a number of genres in the fields of fiction and non-fiction. Her publication experience includes books as well as journalism, the essay, life story & short story. She has a special interest in memoir, relationships and identity in life-writing, having researched the life of the Indian philosopher, Jiddu Krishnamurti, for her Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Sydney.

Sharon Dean is an author and a writing coach who has worked with SSOA for several years. The recipient of a Griffith University Chancellor’s Medal for a PhD in Creative Writing, she enjoys the diverse spectrum of Japanese literary genres. In 2009 she won the Haiku Dreaming Australia Award. Sharon appreciates working with people whose voices often go unheard. For four years she ran an award-winning digital storytelling program that empowered older Australians to share their stories. She frequently leads writing groups and coaches on a range of topics from story development to editing.

Maria Issaris is a  journalist, editor and community media specialist, researcher and writer. She has worked in community broadcasting for the past 15 years. During that time she also founded and was editor of an independent regional newspaper, and was the Editor and a journalist for Ethical Investor Magazine (specialising in sustainable technologies and ethical business practices). She has a Master’s degree in English Literature from Sydney University, and has worked on management and communication contracts in Qantas, Nine Network and several not-for-profit organisations, including CEO for the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Maria loves working with people who feel impelled to share their wisdom in writing, but who need help pulling it all together. She values the uniqueness of each person’s written ‘voice’ and vision for their work, and considers it important to highlight those features when working with a writer. She has a multicultural background, has carried out research on multiculturalism at Wollongong University’s Centre for Multicultural Studies, and has worked with the disability area of the community broadcasting sector for several years, carrying out a highly praised national study of regional disability programming in 2017.

Maria’s novel which highlights the multicultural experience in Australia is due out later this year. Her other work, an historical fiction, focuses on convict history.

Maria holds the position of Deputy Chair of 2RPH, a Radio Reading service for people with a reading disability.

Lisa Creffield is a business writer and novelist. With a degree in English Literature & Language from the University of Oxford, her areas of expertise include both non-fiction and fiction. Lisa was shortlisted for the Celapene Press Charlotte Duncan Award 2013 and has won several prizes for Neo-Latin poetry translation. As well as leading writing groups at SSOA, Lisa is involved in coaching the technical side of writing, from self-publishing to social media marketing.


Major Works by Christine Williams          

Since 2011 Currently writing and teaching memoir, she has carried out research on the life of India’s champion cricketer Sachin Tendulkar now available for sale on our Books-Multimedia page https://ssoa.com.au/books/biography/the-sachin-tendulkar-interviews/
2006 Green Power: Environmentalists who have changed the face of Australia, Lothian, Melbourne. Biographies of twenty people who have shaped the Australian environment movement
2004 Jiddu Krishnamurti: World Philosopher Revised Edition, 2013 ebook available on Amazon Books. Biography based on a Doctorate of Creative Arts thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney
1996 Fathers & Sons, Harper Collins, Sydney. Extended interviews with Australian men on intimacy and the father-son relationship
1989 Christina Stead: A Life of Letters, Virago, London & McPhee Gribble, Melbourne. The first full-length biography of this major Australian writer
Reviews of Christine’s work have appeared in a range of international, national and state news media and journals, including the Times Literary Supplement, The Listener, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Age, The Courier-Mail, The Canberra Times & Australian Book Review. All her manuscripts are held by the Manuscripts Section of the National Library of Australia.

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Selected Creative Works by Sharon Dean          

2016 Currently finalising two books for publication: Time Out of Mind, a novel that explores one man’s perception of time during post-traumatic amnesia (soon to be published by SSOA), and The Incredible Vanishing Banana Poet, the authorised biography of Australian haiku writer Janice M Bostok (under consideration with another publisher).
2015 Long Stories Short: An Interactive Life Stories Poster Book. Blurb, Australia.
2014 Reflections from the Deep End. A 40-minute documentary that provides a window into the wisdom, dreams and humour of five older Australians. Available at: https://vimeo.com/interactivelifestories
Sharon has also written numerous poems, short stories, academic papers and feature articles. These have appeared in a range of publications, including Island, Stylus Poetry Journal, World Haiku Review, Famous Reporter, Contemporary Haibun, Simply Haiku, and The Sydney Morning Herald.


 Selected Work by Lisa Creffield          

2016 Currently in the research stage for Blood on the Sea, a novel based in a fictionalised version of the Marshall Islands, depicting love, tragedy and violence. Also co-writing contemporary thriller The Disappearance with fellow SSOA member and crime author Peter Stankovic, an experimental collaborative novel based on the strange disappearance of a man in Sydney.
Since 2011 Leading business, finance and technology writer and copywriter, as well as working as a videographer.
2011 VJ Filming Guide Australia’s first practical guide for the basics of videojournalism, aimed at journalists required to retrain as multimedia/multiskilled reporters.
Over the past decade Lisa has also written several light fiction novels, some of which are self-published under pen names, as well as a translation of Vergil and several short stories and poems.



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