Michelle Hamer is a highly experienced author, journalist, editor, and professional writing teacher who has had a lifelong love affair with words, books, reading and writing.
Our Australian Girl series incl:
Jan 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy All Alone
April 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy in the Mansion
June 2014 (Puffin)
Daisy on the Road
September 2014 (Puffin)
Jan 2007 (Random House)
May 2009 (Random House)
May 2010 (Random House)
June 2011 (Random House)
It Couldn’t Happen to me But it Did
Delivery by Appointment
August 2006 (New Holland)
How it Feels
July 2006 (New Holland)
Macmillan Australian, primary literacy titles, 2016, 2018:
A Federation Story
A Grandmother’s Gift – early Australian migration
Eureka Stockade – Australia’s Democratic Beginnings
Constance Stone and Pioneering Women of Australian Medicine
Many Migrants, Many Cultures
Gold Transforms Australia’s Colonies A Settler’s Story
Why Recycle Paper?
The Story of George Washington Carver
Michelle Hamer has been writing professionally for more than 34 years; starting as a cadet journalist at just 19.
She is a highly experienced author, journalist, editor, presenter and writing teacher.
She writes prolifically for dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites around the globe, and had 20 books commercially published.
She was a sub-editor, then section editor at The Age newspaper and edited many in-house magazines for the paper.
She reviewed children’s books for The Age M Magazine, wrote for its Books, Travel, Domain, Property, TV, Cheap Eats, Epicure, 52 Weekends Away and features sections.
Her column, How it Feels, ran in The Age and Queensland Courier Mail and was later published as a book.
She has contributed to dozens of Australian newspapers including The Adelaide Advertiser, The Canberra Times, The West Australian, The Brisbane Courier Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald and magazines such as FHM, Good Medicine, Parents, Women’s Health, Disney Adventures and Living By Design.
She writes articles and content for a broad range of websites such as Mama Mia, The Royal Children’s Hospital Raising Children’s website and The New Daily.
Michelle taught Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE and now runs regular writing programs in schools and online.
She lives with her partner and a very needy Cavoodle in Melbourne.
Michelle is a passionate champion for children’s literacy.
She created and ran the company Wordsmiths, which offered creative writing classes to kids and encouraged young writers to find their literary voices.
She also worked for several years with the G.A.T.E.ways Education group, creating and presenting a range of literature and history programs to highly able children across Australia.
Michelle works with schools to present writing programs to all ages, and with several not-for-profit organisations to bring increased reading and writing opportunities to vulnerable children and schools.
Tailored Mentoring packages
Michelle offers professional editing and assessment services to writers at all levels of experience.
She has worked with dozens of writers to help them achieve their potential.
She taught Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE and runs online writing classes.
You want to write, you know you’re pretty good at it – but how to start? What should you write?
Getting started can be the hardest part of the writing process, especially for newish, or beginning writers.
I can help!
Let’s meet for a free 30-minute Skype or phone call where you can tell me where you’re at, we can get to know each other a bit, and then I’ll go away and tailor a get-started plan to suit you.
Share your work with me whenever you like, and we’ll discuss it in three follow-up calls.
Email feedback is also available between calls.
You can book extra Skype meetings to keep your motivation going, or to get feedback and support along the way.
One free initial Skype meeting, then 3 x 30min calls, an individual plan to get your writing started, email feedback.
Stay Motivated Package
Let’s make your writing dream a reality – together!
You’ve started writing, but you need professional back-up to keep you on track, and regular feedback to keep you motivated.
I’m here for you!
I’ll be your writing coach, supporter, mentor and champion.
I’ll read your work-in-progress and provide detailed feedback and direction via email.
We’ll talk regularly to make sure your creative energy is at maximum and your ideas are flowing.
Let’s meet for a free 30-minute chat about your work, then I’ll go away and tailor a Motivation plan to suit you.
Share your work with me whenever you like via email, and we’ll discuss it in five follow-up phone or Skype calls.
Motivational Mentoring packages include an initial free Skype or phone call, plus 5 x 30min calls, to be used within two months, plus a tailored motivation program, regular feedback on your writing, email support throughout.
You’ve finished your manuscript! Now you’re ready for some professional feedback before taking the next step to submitting to a publisher or self-publishing.
As an experienced journalist, editor, author and writing teacher, Michelle can offer incisive, professional feedback on your work.
A manuscript assessment is a big-picture appraisal of your book.
You can expect detailed feedback (2000-2500 words) on elements such as structure, pace, style, dialogue, narrative arc, characters, plot as well as publishing opportunities and marketing ideas.
An assessment may also suggest the work requires editing or proofreading – but doesn’t provide these services.
This price includes works of up to 80,000 words. Longer manuscripts will cost $100 more per 10,000 words.