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What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.


During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.


Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.


The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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2014–2017: Doctorate of Philosophy

Curtin University

Researching the therapeutic benefits of writing fantasy-fiction.

2012–2013: Bachelor of Communications

Edith Cowan University

First-Class Honours result
Weighted Average Mark: 82

2008–2012: Bachelor of Writing

Edith Cowan University

Major in Creative Writing and  Scriptwriting
Executive Dean’s Honour Roll 2008 & 2011

Weighted Average Mark: 83


2000–2003: Diploma of Interactive Multimedia

West Coast TAFE

Graphic Design, Illustration, Typography, Web Design,  Animation, Project Management

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Employment History

2021: Albany Summer School Teacher

Taught Mapping Your Story to students at Albany's St Joseph's College.

2018: Perth Poetry Club Featured Poet

Performed 22 poems as the featured poet for the Perth Poetry Club on 02 June 2018.

2017–present: Creative Writing classes

Prepared and presented multiple classes at the Fellowship of Writers WA and Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, guiding writers through exercises to help them develop their novels.

2017–2018: Sunset Poetry

Performed ten minute poetry readings.

2016 - present: Manuscript Assessments

Provided Manuscript Assessments for multiple budding writers.


2014: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre

Acting Centre Coordinator (office duties, database entry, graphic design, promotion).


2013–2014: Edith Cowan University Lecturer

Created and provided lectures for two units:

  • Scriptwriting: Short Films; and

  • Animation and Filmosophy


2013–2014: Write-a-Book-in-a-Day Writing Competition Judge

Reviewed books and produced a judge’s report in two weeks.


2012: English Tutoring

Tutored a year-eight student in English, improving her failing grades to passing ones.

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Work Experience

2017: Workshop Presenter

Katharine Susanah Prichard Writers' Centre    

Ran Charting the Hero's Journey, How to Become a Successful Author, and Mastering the Art of Story Critiquing workshops.

2015: The Rites of Spring

Curtin University

Edited an article for this academic journal.


2013: KSP Writers' Centre Internship

Katharine Susanah Prichard Writers' Centre    

Database entry, graphic design, office duties, competition secretary, and promotional work.


2009: Department of Attorney General Internship

Perth Department of Attorney General

Wrote the report that generated legislation for Australia’s R18+ videogame classification.

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Volunteer Experience

2015: Retold: Old Stories, New Voices

KSP Writers' Circle anthology

2013–2018: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre

  • Board of Management secretary & member

  • Writers' Circle weekly writing group facilitator

  • Fantasy, Science-Fiction and Horror group facilitator

  • Newsletter editor

  • Manuscript Assessor

  • Event organiser

  • Kitchen hand

  • Gardening

2009–2014: Bodhi Tree Cafe Writing Group

  • Manuscript Assessor

  • Copy Editor

  • Substantive Editor

  • Proof Reader

2002–2003: Crystal Phoenix Museum Student Portfolio

  • Concept Designer

  • Project Manager

  • Graphic Artist

  • Audio Designer

  • Multimedia Author

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