Hi. My name is 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.

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

Long Leg Gloption, chapter book, Loranda Publishing, August

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


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

Australian Society of Editors

Children’s Book Insider

Queensland Writer’s Centre

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