Stu Hatton

Stu Hatton – Editor

I’m a freelance editor with over 15 years’ experience. I work primarily with academics, poets, and neurodivergent writers.


During my 15+ years as an editor, I’ve worked with many emerging and established writers to prepare their work for publication.

I work with academic authors in disciplines across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

I also specialise in poetry, with extensive experience as a manuscript assessor and book reviewer, as well as being a widely-published poet myself.

I'm passionate about supporting writers to tap into their creativity and hone their craft.

And I understand the ins and outs of self-publishing, having assisted emerging authors to self-publish their work, not to mention self-publishing some of my own titles.

Since receiving an autism diagnosis in 2020, I've chosen to focus on working with neurodivergent writers as an editor and/or mentor. But I'm also very happy to work with writers who don’t consider themselves neurodivergent.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English and Philosophy) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts (Professional Communication) from Deakin University. I’ve worked as a lecturer and tutor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, and in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University.

I'm always keen to hear what writers are working on, so please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Education & Reference Philosophy Writing & Publishing
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jun, 2006 — Present

Editing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, PhD/Masters theses, academic papers and reports for assessment and/or publication.

La Trobe University

Jul, 2017 — Nov, 2018 (over 1 year)

* Delivered tutorials and facilitated lectures in professional writing and English.
* Acted as a subject support tutor, providing additional workshops and assistance to professional writing students.

Deakin University

Feb, 2007 — Nov, 2018 (over 11 years)

* Delivered lectures and tutorials on writing, editing, publishing and communication.
* Additional projects included authoring teaching materials, contributing to curriculum reviews, and writing/editing for the Deakin website.

Vignette Press

Aug, 2006 — Jun, 2008 (almost 2 years)

* Assessed and edited manuscripts (poetry and fiction).
* Acted as a judge for the press’s poetry competition.

Stu has 3 reviews





Garrett D.

Garrett D.

Sep, 2023

Stu's feedback helped me see clear ways to improve my writing. He provided feedback on how to convey the right overall impressions in my work as well as detailed thoughts on word choice and technique. I appreciate his insights and would recommend. I look forward to any chance for a collaboration in the future.
irina B.

irina B.

Apr, 2023

Stu looks at the whole picture and he looks at every detail too, simultaneously. His input is precise, kind, and applying it will result in work that both goes a level deeper and is more polished.
Esteban R.

Esteban R.

Jan, 2023

He was great! Loved his edits, suggestions, and professionalism!

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