MEET OUR TEAM
FOUNDER, AUTHOR AND BOOK MENTOR
RETREAT LEADER AND COACH
Kate Emmerson, The Quick Shift Deva helps clients to stop playing small and mucking about by creating a life they love by following steps to STEP IN, STEP UP and STEP OUT. Her motto is LIVE LIGHT, LIVE LARGE and she offers her enLIGHTening ideas globally, as a best selling author and international speaker. She shares her obsession with productivity, leveraging and de-cluttering through location-free online coaching, unique mastermind groups for entrepreneurs,business decision makers & CEO’s, as well as travelling globally for speaking engagements and working internationally with the YPO. She was hand picked to star alongside the world top self development leaders in an award winning USA movie, “The Secrets of the Keys”.
She has taken her message to the next level with THE MINIMALIST MANIFESTO and has been living location free since Jan 2016.
Kate and Sarah facilitate once-in-a-lifetime international writing retreats and the Writing Mentoring Groups together.
WRITING MENTOR AND COACH
Vicki Mac Callum
Vicki is a Radio Personality, Entertainment News Reporter, MC, DJ and Voice-Over Artist. You can listen to her traffic reports and blitz entertainment news segment, "The Fix With Vix", on the Afternoon Drive Show every Mon-Fri from 3-6 PM on Good Hope FM.
After school, Vicki studied Media at UCT, but dropped out during 2nd year due to unforeseen financial reasons. Despite this, Vicki picked herself up and won 5FM's 2013 Birthday Bootcamp 3 years later. 5FM rebranded to VickiFM and made Vicki Station Manager for a day. Vicki then attended 5FM's mentorship programme where she learnt from the likes of Gareth Cliff, Roger Goode, DJ Fresh, and Tim Zunkel.
Vicki’s fast-moving career caught the eye of radio veteran, Nigel Pierce, who pushed to have her on his weekday breakfast show. Soon after, the blitz entertainment news segment “Quicki with Vicki” was launched.
Since then Vicki has appeared on SABC3’s Expresso Show and as MC for the official relaunch of the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, 2017 and 2018 Say Cheese Artisanal Cheese Fair, and other corporate events.
Vicki advocates for equal rights and supports charities that fight against discrimination (gender, race, etc.) and human trafficking.
WRITING MENTOR, COACH AND GHOSTWRITER
Barbara Adair is a writer with published experience in the following areas: fiction - novels and short stories, travel articles, book reviews and academic articles.
She writes, and also works part time at the University of the Witwatersrand Writing Centre and in Nairobi and Lamu, Kenya, teaching and assisting students in critical thinking.
She previously practised as an attorney litigating on human rights issues, and thereafter taught at the Wits School of Public and Development Management.
Qualifications: BA (Hons.) LLB (university of the Witwatersrand, PhD (University of Pretoria)
Barbara has published the following Novels:
In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot, Jacana, 2005.
END, Jacana, 2009.
WILL, the Passenger Delaying Flight ….., Modjaji Publishers, 2020.
She has also been featured in Newspaper and Magazine Articles including:
Sunday Independent (South Africa), Sunday Times (South Africa), Weekender (South Africa), Horizon (British Airways), Selamtra (Ethiopian Airways)
Short Stories in: New Contrast Literary Journal (South Africa), From the Great Wall to the Grand Canyon (US publication), Queer Africa – New and Collected Fiction: A collection of Southern African short stories. (Winner of the LAMDA (USA) prize for collected stories.), Queer Africa 2, a collection of queer Southern African short stories (finalist for the LAMDA (USA) awards 2018), Walking the Tightrope – Poetry and prose by LGBTQ writers from Africa.
Legacy Work: My Book of Life for Stefanie XXXX, Veronica’s Baby for Cyril XXXX, Monty Mahobe – The Story of a Life for Artists Proof Studio, Please can You tell Me What is Happening for Sylvestre XXXX, A Rwandan Genocide Survivor, My Life for Cynthia XXXX.
Collaborations: The telling and writing of personal stories with Murray Nossel, the director, of Narativ Inc. (New York, USA)
ASSISTANT AND WRITERS SUPPORT
Nokukhanya "Noks" Mnisi
Noks lives in a small town just outside of Johannesburg with her family. She is often found with a cup of tea (usually a Chamomile tea or a Chai Latte) and a cover of the latest Cosmopolitan Magazine.
She enjoys travelling; has travelled around The People's Republic of China and Thailand. When she's not travelling, or catching up on sleeping, she enjoys working with small businesses and entrepreneurs with their social media.
Noks believes that successful writing is rooted in a community of support. It truly takes a village to write a novel.