Pamela Freeman, Presenter

Dr Pamela Freeman is the award-winning author of more than 30 books. Her most recent book, published under the name of Pamela Hart, is The Desert Nurse, a WWI historical novel set in Cairo and the Sinai, and covers the entire war, ending on Armistice Day. 

In 2017 A Letter from Italy, a historical novel set at the height of World War I was published. In 2016, The War Bride, a historical novel set shortly after World War I was published, sequel to The Soldier’s Wife (2015) (all published by Hachette Australia).

For children, her most recent publication is Amazing Australian Women – a non-fiction picture book about 12 women who shaped history (Hachette Australia 2018) and Fastest Ship in Space – a fantastic space adventure (Christmas Press 2018).

Her award-winning Desert Lake, tells the story of the dry salt bed of Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre which shimmers in the desert heat. (Walker Books Australia 2016). Pamela also writes fantasy fiction for adults. She is best known for the Castings trilogy (published in the US, the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany as well as Australia) and for Ember and Ash, winner of the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. Another children’s book, Victor’s Challenge, was published in 2009 in Australia and the UK and won the Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fantasy.

Pamela started as a children’s writer, and many of her books have been shortlisted for the State Literary Awards, the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards, the Koala Awards and the Wilderness Society Environment Awards. Pamela – who is also an accomplished scriptwriter – taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney for many years. She has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney and taught writing workshops around Australia for the National Book Council and various state libraries.  She continues to be an examiner for postgraduate manuscripts for universities around Australia.

Pamela has a Doctor of Creative Arts in Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has published numerous short stories and has spoken at various writers’ festivals around the country.

Her most recent book for young adults, The Black Dress, a fictional account of the childhood of Mary MacKillop in the Australia of the 1840s to 1860s, won the NSW History Prize for Young People. Pamela is also Director of Creative Writing Faculty here at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

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Pamela teaches Creative Writing Stage 1, Novel Writing Essentials, Fantasy, Science Fiction and More, Write Your Novel 6-month Program, Inside Publishing, Reboot Your Writing, How to Write for Children and Young Adults, Fiction Essentials: Characters, Fiction Essentials: Dialogue, Fiction Essentials: Point of View.

Some of Pamela's books include:

Testimonials about this presenter

“Pamela Freeman is a fabulous teacher! She just has such a talent for it. It’s rare that a good writer is also a good teacher. I am very inspired.”

- Iona Krefel

“Pamela was fantastic. She always kept the mood friendly and real, and kept the workshopping at a professional level, focusing on what the individual needed most from their time in the course. What was most enjoyable about the course was having a friendly atmosphere, where the group could discuss and critique each other’s work in a controlled environment.”

- Gustavo Panucci

“Pamela is amazing and such an inspiration. She is so obviously passionate and willing to share her successes and experiences with the class. I enjoyed workshopping our work with Pamela and other members of the class. I really benefited from the course and the feedback I received has given me the motivation and confidence to continue with my project. I look forward to soon commencing the Write Your Novel program.”

- Tracey Jordan

“I enjoyed the opportunity to get feed back from someone as knowledgeable as Pamela. Sharing my work with like-minded people has really given me the courage to move forward with my book. Pamela is amazing. She is very generous with her knowledge and experience. She also has a very keen editor’s eye and can sum up pretty quickly what you need to work on. The Australian Writers’ Centre is a great place to come if you want to write but need some help getting started, or if you have something written but you need help to get to the next stage.”

- Hera McCaffery

“Pamela is an excellent teacher and an incredible listener. Her ability to take in her students work, digest and deliver value in her feedback was outstanding. This has given me an empowered perspective from which to write but also from which to critique my own work.”

- Tim Lassig

Presenter for:

Creative Writing Stage 1
Want to write fiction? Want it to be amazing? Dive into a supportive environment of creativity, information and inspiration!
Novel Writing Essentials
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.
Write Your Novel: 6-month Program
Want to get from draft to published sooner? Our program puts you on the fast track to success, with valuable critiques and detailed advice.
Fantasy, Science Fiction and More
Write without limits and explore new realms and galaxies as you learn how to keep your mortal readers enthralled.
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Learn how to grab young readers’ attention with clever characters, structure, dragons and the occasional bottom joke.
Fiction Essentials: Characters
Create compelling and memorable characters your readers will love
Inside Publishing
Understand rights, territories, contracts and royalties (and much more) – and how to make all this work for you!
Fiction Essentials: Dialogue
Equip yourself with the the skills to create and edit lively, interesting and deeply affecting dialogue for your stories.
Fiction Essentials: Point of View
Develop your skills in characterisation and narration, using point of view to both dramatise your story and engage your readers.