Write, re-write and re-write again...until you get it right.


Eileen Herbert-Goodall




Author, Editor, Writing Coach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

What I Do

I'm a published writer of fiction and non-fiction. I'm also an experienced editor. I present workshops on the craft of creative writing and editing wherever I'm welcome - universities, schools, community learning centres, adult colleges, literary festivals, and libraries.


More About Me

I hold a Doctorate of Creative Arts and endeavour to share my knowledge by coaching other writers. I offer editing and proofing services to emerging and/or published authors, as well as online businesses and marketing strategists.

I am Director of Field of Words, the writing organisation that aims to help emerging writers grow...and succeed in having their work published.

Field of Words


My Work

My novella, ‘The Sherbrooke Brothers’, can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository and Booktopia.

My shorter works have been published in various magazines, journals and international anthologies. Here’s a snapshot of my portfolio:


‘Surrender’ ~ A Collection of Vignettes from Across the Globe, Vine Leaves Press, November, 2017
The Sherbrooke Brothers: A Novella’ ~ Moonshine Cove Publishing, February, 2017
‘Anchorage’ ~ Brilliant Flash Fiction, January, 2017
‘Remember?’ ~ The Oddville Press, Winter, 2017
‘Waiting’ ~ The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Fall, 2016
‘A Dead Texan’ ~ The Paragon Journal, October, 2016
‘Out of the Blue’ ~ The Paragon Journal, April, 2016
‘A Daughter’s Letter’ ~ Spelk Fiction, March, 2016
‘Ouroboros’ ~ Feed Me Fiction, Volume 8
‘End of the Road’ ~ Brilliant Flash Fiction, February, 2016
‘No Man’s Land’ ~ Rollick Magazine, October, 2015
‘Silver Lining’ ~ Thinkerbeat, September, 2015
‘Chance’ ~ The international anthology, Beyond the Axis, 2015
‘Raven Medicine’ ~ TEXT Journal, April, 2015
‘The Decision’ ~ Flash Fiction Magazine, December, 2014
‘Flight’ ~ FewerThan500, December, 2014
‘Kate: A Story’ ~ FewerThan500, October, 2014
‘Last Rites’ ~ Dubbo Weekender, May, 2014
‘Journey’ ~ TEXT Journal, April, 2014


‘The Craft of Writing Great Short Fiction’ ~ Fiction Southeast Journal, February, 2016
‘Focusing in on Point of View’ ~ Writing Queensland, September, 2015
‘Morphing Technologies, Changing Literacies’ ~ Storyworlds: Journal of Narrative Studies, Summer, 2015
‘Reading and Writing Literature in the Digital Age’ ~ Review Americana, Spring, 2015
‘The Impacts of Technological Change Upon Narrative’ ~ TEXT Journal, April, 2014



digital culture

‘Anchorage’~ Brilliant Flash Fiction Contest, short-listed, 2017
‘Ouroboros’ ~ InkTears Short Story Contest, Long-listed, 2015
‘Ouroboros’ ~ Fictuary Short Story Contest, Highly Commended, 2015
‘Ouroboros’ ~ Raven Short Story Contest, Long-listed, 2015
‘Under the Tree’ ~ Elyne Mitchell Short Story Award, Finalist, 2015
‘Chance’ ~ Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for Emerging Writers, Finalist, 2015
‘Silver Lining’ ~ Thinkerbeat Short Story Awards, Third Place, September 2015
‘The Boy’ ~ InkTears International Flash Fiction Competition, First Prize, 2014
‘Last Rites’ ~ The Cowley Literary Award, Finalist, 2014
‘Under the Tree’ ~ Fish Publishing Short Story Prize, Finalist, 2014/15
‘The Sherbrooke Brothers’ ~ The Great Novella Search, Finalist, 2013
‘Silver Lining’ ~ The Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Best Short Story, Joint Winner, 2013


Happy Clients

I’m proud to say my editing services have generated some glowing testimonials:

Eileen, you are a treasure. Thank you for your recent work on my piece. You gently nudged me towards ‘more flesh’ on my character’s bones and gave me ideas to improve structure. The list of submission opportunities was an absolute bonus. I appreciate such grace towards a novice writer ~ Sally

Thank you very much for your feedback and guidance – I really appreciate it! I’m in the process of writing more stories and will definitely request your editing/critiquing services in the near future ~ Melka

Many thanks for your detailed critique; not only have you highlighted areas I can improve in, your suggestions have inspired me to produce a better revision. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will most likely use your critiquing services again ~ Tiffany

Wow, again…cannot believe how helpful your comments are. Thank you, thank you! ~ Catherine

I cannot tell you enough, how much I appreciate your editing wisdom. It is an ongoing revelation and of such high value to me. I have significantly added to my story…to make it more coherent and pretty much edited it precisely as per your terrific suggestions ~ Chris

I just wanted to thank you again for editing my story and let you know that it was snapped up The Galway Review in Ireland…I definitely think your advice was invaluable, particularly around the detachment of the central character, Sadie. I re-wrote sections with this in mind ~ Fiona

Thank you so much for your line edit and comments…they are of great value to me. This is exactly what I wanted. What a clever piece of criticism ~ Chris

Thank you so much for your editing work and the report you’ve written…I’m delighted. You’ve provided me with detailed feedback which will help me improve the quality of my writing ~ Julie

I was very impressed with your analysis of my work and thank you for your intelligent and insightful comments…I agree with everything you said and think if I can work through methodically, it will be a much stronger piece. Thank you again for your prompt professional service ~ Joanna

Thank you for your critique of my story…I dusted it over on your advice, gave it a new ending and am now a bit dizzy at gaining second place in the Sunshine Coast Literary Association annual awards. Thank you ~ Sally

Thank you very much for critiquing my work. I enjoyed the feedback you gave and will try to apply it in my writing from now on. Thanks again ~ Mark

Thanks for your comprehensive critique of my story and for doing it so quickly! ~ Stephen

Thank you. That’s a comprehensive and very helpful critique ~ Jo

I greatly appreciate your commentary and feedback, and intend to take it on board. This is the first time I’ve ever had such an experience…Your criticisms are both valid and positively offered. Many thanks. I’ll keep going ~ Sue


Contact Me

Drop me a line at entries@fieldofwords.com.au, or find me on facebook.

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