Bernadette Foley

Bernadette Foley is one of the most connected people in the publishing industry, working as an editor and publisher for over 30 years. She was publisher of fiction and non-fiction for international publishing house Hachette Australia for 10 years, working with such authors as Di Morrissey, William McInnes, Gabrielle Lord, Graeme Blundell, Kate Ceberano, Bronwyn Parry, Lian Hearn, Pamela Freeman, Troy Cassar-Daley and many more. In 2015, Bernadette received the George Robertson Award for Service to the Australian Publishing Industry.

Through programs at the Australian Writers' Centre and other centres, Bernadette has guided many manuscripts to publication.  She has spoken at national writers’ festivals and editing and writing events. She also co-created the Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing at University of Technology Sydney and teaches in the Editing and Publishing unit.

Bernadette teaches Writing Workout, Novel Writing Essentials and Write Your Novel.

Some of the books Bernadette has worked on include:

Presenter for:

Everyone has a novel in them, they say. If yours is ready to come to the surface, we can help you take the first steps towards getting your name on a book cover.
Want to get from draft to published sooner? Our program puts you on the fast track to success, with valuable critiques and detailed advice.
Have the foundation skills for fiction but itching for more practice? Complete writing exercises and receive tutor feedback to develop your ideas and perfect your storytelling techniques.

What our students say about Bernadette:

”I enjoyed all of the course but found the elevator pitch section extremely helpful. I have read a lot of books and have made lots of attempts but came up with my best pitch for my story so far. Bernadette is obviously very passionate about what she does and has a lot of insider knowledge.”

– Maryann Murphy

“The course was most enjoyable…. Bernadette is a clever teacher the content was great. This was the best publishing seminar I’ve been to – I learnt so much.”

– Lesley Porter

“Bernadette was fantastic. When I told her that I was attending an ASA literary speed dating event later that day she went out of her way to help me refine my pitch and delivery.”

– Margaret Rochford

“Bernadette Foley clearly knew her stuff. She presented well, was warm and engaging and gave time to each and every participant.”

– Vanessa McKinley

“I found Bernadette to be one of the best presenters I have seen. She not only knew her material but she has a gift as a teacher. Bernadette put me at ease so many times and lifted my spirits with her  encouragement. She created a safe environment and brought out the best in all of us. I came away feeling less scared because she has given me the tools and resources to do the very best I can to get my first book published. Thank you Bernadette.”

– Bindu Narula

About us

The Australian Writers’ Centre offers courses in creative writing, copywriting, freelance writing, business writing and much more. Our practical and industry-proven courses will help you gain confidence and meet your goals faster!

Contact us

Phone: (02) 9929 0088 Email: [email protected] Head office: Suite 3,
55 Lavender Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061


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