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R.W.R. McDonald is a writing tutor. Rob will be a KYD Mentor from July to November 2024.

Rob has also run writing courses at Faber Writing Academy and Writing NSW.

Rob also offers individual Manuscript Assessment Service (further details can be found via link).

KYD Mentors Program

The KYD Mentors Program is a comprehensive and structured editorial mentorship program designed to support early-career writers in the development of a long-form work of fiction or non-fiction.

Applications for the next round of mentorships, which will run from July to November 2024, are now open. Writers across Australia can apply to work with the mentor of their choice over a five-month period.

A mentorship consists of close reading and reporting on your work in progress (10–12,000 words at a time, totalling up to 60,000 words), along with five consultations in-person, over the phone or on Zoom over the five-month period.


Genres: Crime fiction, adult fiction

I love story in its many forms and have ever since I can remember. I find it a privilege to workshop another writer’s work, and to act as a conduit for them to reach another level with their manuscript. As a writer I understand how feedback delivered badly can impact on a writer. I believe in positive feedback, with examples, and raising potential issues in a way that the writer can think about them and decide for themselves what to do with that information.



The mentorship is managed by Kill Your Darlings , please find more information and application process here.

Applications close at 11.59pm (AEST) on Sunday 7 April 2024. To apply simply download and fill out this application form and send it to us, along with a 10-page sample of your writing, at [email protected] before the deadline.

Cost: $3899

$299 deposit to secure your booking (due 13 May 2024)
$1800 first instalment (due 27 May 2024)
$1800 second instalment (due 17 June 2024)

KYD Members (at the time of application) receive a $50 discount.

Note: KYD is a publication dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers. We will only accept applications if we believe a writer will genuinely benefit from the program and the mentor nominated. Only a limited number of applicants will be successful in each round based on mentors’ capacity. No payment is required until you are notified that your application has been successful (writers will be notified in April), at which time a KYD team member will be in touch to arrange payment.