Dr Pamela Freeman is the award-winning author of more than 35 books. Pamela has a doctorate in Creative Writing, is the director of creative writing at the Australian Writers’ Centre, and has developed many highly regarded writing courses that have inspired and educated thousands of writers.
In speculative fiction, Pamela is best known for the Castings Trilogy, an epic fantasy published worldwide by Hachette, and its accompanying book, Ember and Ash (Winner Best Fantasy Novel, Aurealis Awards). She is under contract with Shooting Star Press for a five-book urban fantasy series, the Songstress books.
Writing as Pamela Hart, she is also well-known for her historical fiction. The Desert Nurse, a WWI historical novel set in Cairo and the Sinai, was published in 2018 by Hachette. In 2017, A Letter from Italy, a historical novel set at the height of World War I was published. The War Bride (2016), a historical novel set shortly after World War I, is the sequel to The Soldier’s Wife (2015) (all published by Hachette Australia).
For children, Pamela Freeman's 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 is also well-known for award-winning children’s fantasy and science fiction. These include Victor’s Quest and Victor’s Challenge (Best Children’s Fantasy, Aurealis Awards) and the same-universe Princess Betony books, as well as Wonder Dog. She has also written in the YA shared-universe Quentaris series.
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 published numerous short stories and has spoken at various writers’ festivals around the country. Her 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 teaches Creative Writing Stage 1, Novel Writing Essentials, Fantasy, Science Fiction and More, Write Your Novel 6-month Program, Inside Publishing, How to Write for Children and Young Adults, Fiction Essentials: Characters, Fiction Essentials: Dialogue, Fiction Essentials: Grammar and Punctuation, Fiction Essentials: Point of View, Teenage Creative Writers' Program and Cut, Shape, Polish.