Meg Buxton, editor, HWC board member

Megan Buxton provides structural editing and copy editing for fiction and memoir and copy editing for non-fiction.

Megan has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours and a Diploma of Education from Newcastle University. She taught secondary school English for thirty years and has also taught in the School of Education at Newcastle University.

Contact Megan on 0458420220, or at

Academic and Creative Editor

David-Jack Fletcher provides manuscript assessment, copyediting and proofreading for fiction, non-fiction, and academic manuscripts. He has worked in academia for the past decade, with publications specialising in Cultural Studies and Sociology, and operates a small academic skills business, ‘Academiology’. His PhD thesis, titled Age as Disease: Anti-aging sites, technologies, practices was published in 2021 through Palgrave Macmillan. David-Jack has transitioned into the creative arts over the past twelve months and recently accepted contracts across the US, the UK and Australia for three of his short stories. He specialises in horror, crime/thriller, humour (including dark, bizarro and romantic), and anything LGBTQI+. David-Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in creative arts (majoring in Creative Writing), an Honours and a PhD in Cultural Studies, and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing with the University of Southern Queensland. He is writing his first novel titled Indentured, a horror-comedy centred around cursed dentures.

Academic inquiries:
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David-Jack Fletcher
Mark Lock, First Nations (Ngiyampaa) Australian, Cultural Safety Editing Service

Cultural Safety Editing Service

Mark Lock is a First Nations (Ngiyampaa) Australian with over a decade of experience in professional academic writing, publishing, and editing. Mark is a freelance editor. He provides proofreading, copyediting, and structural editing services. Mark edits social science and public health academic manuscripts (journals, theses, reports, and books). He also edits fiction works (short stories and books), especially those where First Nations Australians are the focus.

Claire Bradshaw provides manuscript assessment, copyediting and proofreading for fiction manuscripts (with a specialisation in fantasy fiction). Plus copyediting and proofreading for non-fiction work. 

Claire has a Graduate Certificate of Editing and Publishing with the University of Southern Queensland, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction), majoring in English and Writing, with the University of Newcastle.

Claire Bradshaw, editor
Mark Maclean editor and writer

Mark MacLean provides structural editing/manuscript assessment services for fiction manuscripts. He can also offer copy editing and proofreading in memoir and short story writing. Mark is a freelance writer, editor and teacher. His book A Year Down the Drain, based on his popular blog about his exploration of Newcastle’s stormwater drains was a bestseller. The stories in his collection The New Landscape drew upon his time living in locations as diverse as Cumbria, UK, and Alice Springs. Mark’s memoir Five Boxes looks at our connection to the past through our possessions.

Contact Mark by emailing

Ross is an award-winning poet and an experienced teacher of writing. He is strongly committed to a supportive and encouraging approach when mentoring poets because there is no set of templates that can be applied to the mysterious art of making poems.

Ross works with a wide range of poets – from those starting out to those who are well published and highly recognised. He is available as an assessor and editor of manuscripts as well as a mentor.

Ross is published in magazines and journals, has won major Australian poetry awards and has 3 volumes of poetry published. Read more about Ross on his website.

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Ross Gillett, winner of the 2018 Newcastle Poetry Prize