The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has appointed Julie Ditrich to its 2019 Mentor Register. Julie will be mentoring in the categories of comics books and graphic novels, which are two of the five major categories within the comics medium.
Julie has a background as a professional writer, editor and comics creator. She has been published by Image Comics and Warp Graphic in the USA, with over 270,000 copies of her work sold around the world.She has worked as a manuscript assessor and editor on several short stories and graphic novels for Australian writers and publishers, and has taught comics and graphic novels at the NSW Writers’ Centre, City of Sydney, Broken Hill Library and the JMC Academy in Sydney. She has been a panelist on various comics sessions run by the South Coast Writers’ Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre, and presented workshops on the comics medium at the Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF), Gloucester Writers’ Festival (Gloucester), ComicsCraft (Dubbo), Central West ComicsFest (Parkes), ComicGong (Wollongong) and Comic Con-versation (Ashfield). Julie was the co-founder of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Comics / Graphic Novels Portfolio and was the co-portfolio holder between 2007 and 2012. In recent years, she contributed to the Supanova Tides of Hope anthology, and wrote the script for the epic fantasy Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed comic book series for Black Mermaid Productions, which began its release in 2013, as well as the contemporary short story “The Lake”, which was published in the Australia anthology in 2015. In 2018 Julie joined the judging panel of the Ledger Awards, which acknowledge excellence in Australian comic art and publishing. She will have a major brand-name comic book, a chapter in a home-grown superhero graphic novel, as well as two short prose stories published in 2019.
For more information on the ASA Mentor Register please go to: www.asauthors.org/services/mentorships/2019-mentor-register