Cathie Tasker is a fiction editor with over 25 years’ experience. She has mentored many manuscripts to publication and is experienced at guiding and motivating writers to improve their work.
Cathie has worked as an editor and publisher with HarperCollins, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. She also worked as Marketing Manager for Koala Books and as a Book Club Editor at Scholastic Australia. In her career, Cathie has edited and commissioned nearly 800 books, many of which went on to become bestsellers and win awards.
Cathie has edited novels and picture books for many authors, including Jackie French, Wendy Orr, Garth Nix, Mem Fox, Cathy Wilcox, Bruce Whatley, Jennifer Fallon, Garry Disher, and three Australian Writers’ Centre presenters: Pamela Freeman, Judith Rossell and Sue Whiting.
She has judged and convened panels for numerous literary awards including the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year awards, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and the Aurealis Awards (fantasy, science fiction, horror, short stories, novellas and novels). Cathie has also convened panels for the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence, the Society of Women Writers, and the International Board on Books for Young People. Cathie also contributed to the Australasian update to The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature (Second Edition, 2015).
Cathie teaches Creative Writing Stage 1, Writing Picture Books, Writing Picture Books Masterclass, Short Story Essentials and Write Your Novel: 6-month Program.