About
I'm Ann Harth. I spend my life in North Queensland with my
family and various forms of wildlife.

As a mentor and manuscript assessor, I aim to be supportive

and flexible when working with authors. As a writer myself, I
understand the importance of maintaining your original voice
and intent for your work and feel it is critical to define your

wishes and needs before embarking on any project. It is also
important to highlight your work’s strengths as well as
weaknesses and I make a point of offering many opportunities

for a writer to learn and practice their craft.

Having lived and worked in both the USA and Australia, I am in the unique position of being
familiar with the cultural, language and spelling differences between these countries. This
allows me  to Americanise and Anglicise writing with confidence.

I am comfortable working with fiction and non-fiction and am experienced as a children's
author and assessor. My strengths in fiction lie in character development, dialogue, plot and
continuity. My specialties in non-fiction include structure, logic, tightening, consistency and
accessibility to target audiences.
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Formal Qualifications

Diploma in Professional Editing and Proofreading,
Australian College of Journalism, 2004

Diploma in Professional Children’s Writing,
Australian College of Journalism, 2001

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology,
Ithaca College, New York.   1977-1982
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Employment and Relevant Experience

1994–present – Freelance writer, children’s author, manuscript assessor, ghostwriter

2007–present – Writing teacher – Australian College of Journalism. Courses include Professional
  Children's Writing, Bestseller, Non-fiction, Short Story, Romance Writing

2012–2014 – Reviewer and contributor to Buzz Words Magazine

2012–Presenter and panelist at Tropical Writers Festival

2011–2013 – Technical editor – Natural Resource Assessments, Cairns Qld

1984–1994 – Various positions working in Health and Education with children with special needs
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Writing Awards

2010 Allen & Unwin and Queensland Writer's Center Manuscript Development Program for middle-grade
novel,
The Art of Magic

2009 CYA Children and Young Adult Writing Competition: First Place in middle-grade novel category for
Making it Count

2006 Smartwriters WIN Competition: First Place in Chapter Book Category for From the
Diary of Jarrod Crisp

2005 Smartwriters WIN Competition: Honourable Mention in YA category for Nioka
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Publishing Credits

Maggie Eats Only ‘O's - short story, Highlights for Children, June 2014

The Way the Mop Flops - short story, Highlights for Children, November 2013

The Art of Magic – middle grade novel, Solstice Publishing, July 2012

Cock-a-doodle – Short story, Highlights for Children, March 2012

Don't, Picture book, Soto Publishing (USA), March 2011

120 short stories (second grade) for Innovations for Learning, Chicago-based educational program.
http://www.innovationsforlearning.org / 2009-2011

Human-made Disasters, Educational non-fiction Acer Press, 2008

Who Am I, Educational non-fiction, Blake Education, 2008

Relationships, Educational non-fiction, Blake Education, 2008

Body image,  Educational non-fiction, Blake Education, 2008

The Kidnapping, Chapter Book, Insight Publications, October 2006

The Cyclops, Short story, Highlights for Children, July 2006

Crash, Chapter Book, Blake Education, 2005

Staying Alive, Chapter Book, Blake Education, 2005

Goodbye, Chapter Book, Blake Education, 2005

The Contract, chapter book, Trekkers Series – Macmillan, Underwood Consulting and Publishing, 2005

Pea Mountain, humorous short story, Kid Time Magazine, June 2005

The Wake Up Call, adult non-fiction, Reader’s Digest, October 2004

Long Leg Gloption, chapter book, Loranda Publishing, August 2004

My Mom Hates to Cook, humorous short story, Highlights for Children (USA), October 2003

The Hiccups, short story, Wizard Books, Ziptales, June 2003

Please Listen, picture book / early reader, Cambridge University Press, May 2002
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Memberships

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (North Queensland representative)

Australian Society of Editors

Children’s Book Insider

Queensland Writer’s Centre
“Just as a good rain clears the air, a good writing
day clears the psyche.”
Julia Cameron
In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will
learn.”
Phil Collins
“I think the most important quality of a mentor is
that they are open to following students where they
want to go. Not always pushing their own agenda.”
Cordelia Jensen
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                                         Ann Harth