RAE LUCKIE established Luckie Consulting Services after spending nine weeks in 1998 researching ‘the state of the art’ of life writing in the US and Canada. She has a PhD in auto/biographical writing and Literary Theory (awarded 2006), GradDips in Education and Family History, and a Master of History specialising in family history (Graduated awarded 2022). She developed her specialisation in the field by facilitating community workshops, mentoring writers, editing, and publishing.
Over the last twenty-four years, she has facilitated creative writing workshops and projects throughout New South Wales. She mentors writers for the Australian Society of Authors, and used to be a manuscript assessor for the Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW. She has judged several writing competitions including the biennial Walter Stone Award for Life Writing (2010-2018), as well as mentoring several writers who have subsequently published their work.
She has edited several collections of creative life writing: 'Belonging in Broken Hill', 'Kiama Stories', 'Capturing Kiama Memories', 'Kirrawee Stories', and 'Quirky Tales and Tidbits'. Her how-to articles have been published in 'Newswrite,' 'The Writers Voice,' and the 'Kiama Local.'
Her writing has been published in anthologies including 'Stories of Complicated Grief: A Critical Anthology' (2013); 'What is Mother Love?' (2009); 'Illness in the Academy' (2008); 'Best Australian Stories' (2004); 'The Complete Blokes and Sheds' (2002); and, 'No Thanks or Regrets' (1996).
Her short story, 'Among My Souvenirs,' was broadcast on ABC Radio National. 'Morning News' was short-listed in the international Stephen King ‘On Writing’ competition, and Rae subsequently won the 2001 ‘Queen of Crime.'