2014 Residential Editorial Program Participants

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An impressive line-up of Australian editors have been awarded a place in the Residential Editorial Program (REP) to be held at Varuna, the Writers' House in Katoomba, NSW, in May 2014. The successful editors come from both large and small publishing houses, work on children's and adult publishing lists and include two Indigenous editors.

The 2014 participants will be Cate Blake (Penguin Group (Australia)), Jacqueline Blanchard (University of Queensland Press), Cristina Briones (Random House Australia), Julia Carlomagno (Scribe Publications), Lisa Fuller (Aboriginal Studies Press), Beth Hall (Hardie Grant Egmont), Elise Jones (Allen & Unwin), Jo Rosenberg (Penguin Group (Australia)), Samantha Sainsbury (Pan Macmillan Australia), Kate Stevens (Hachette Australia), Eve Tonelli (Scholastic Australia) and Ellen van Neerven (black & write! Indigenous writing and editing project, State Library of Queensland).

They will work during this intensive five-day program with mentors Jacqueline Kent, Jo Butler and Linda Funnell. Keynote speaker Charlotte Wood will address the role of the editor in developing an author's work. Other speakers will address topics such as editing young people's literature, Indigenous publishing issues, and story structure.

Charlotte said, 'Book editors are mostly unacknowledged, always underpaid and overworked. They are highly skilled; their profession is both a craft and an art, and they have an awful lot to teach writers. I'm honoured to be giving the keynote address at REP in 2014.'

The Residential Editorial Program is assisted by the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts with the assistance of Australian publishers, and administered by the Australian Publishers Association.