I will hold blocks of classes, based around topics that will inspire and teach the basics of fiction, poetry and non-fiction writing - "show don't tell, and "who, what, where, when, why and how". I will set writing tasks and assignments and offer encouraging feedback. The goal will be to produce writing that can be published, and offer suggestions on where and how to get published.
Group classes will be held by Zoom, with up to 15 participants. This will enable good discussion and personal interaction. Writing exercises will be held during the classes and participants will be asked to share what they have written if they are comfortable with that. You will build up your confidence this way.
I am a professional and award-winning writer with more than forty years experience and. I won Best First Novel at the 2019 Ockham NZ Book Awards, and the landfall Essay Competition in 2008, two of NZ's top writing prizes. I have been a working journalist in print and television and teacher of journalism and creative writing.
First class free - see how we get on! Classes need to be paid in advance. There is no cancellation policy as class has been pre-paid.
Winner, Hubert Church Prize For Fiction and MitoQ Best First Book Award, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019.
Makāro Press published my first novel "The Sound of Breaking Glass" in September 2018. Compound Press published my poetry chapbook "Mitochondrial Eve" in August 2018. The novel has taken me to leading literary festivals: Litcrawl 2018, Ladies’ Litera-Tea 2018, Auckland Writers Festival 2019 and Going West 2019.
I am a writer, journalist, media professional and researcher with a strong background of more than 40 years in writing, television documentaries and drama, radio and print journalism. I am Master of Creative Writing With Honours (First Class) AUT University.
I play music, write songs and perform as poet and musician with the folk-blues band "Bernie Griffen and The Thin Men". Our third album "Doors Wide Open", recorded in Melbourne, was released in May 2018.
I have won awards for poetry and fiction, and won New Zealand’s top essay prize the Landfall Essay Competition in 2008 for a creative non-fiction about history, colonisation and creativity.
In 2013 I managed the New Zealand Society of Authors, its programmes and two staff. I was chair of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ) 2013 to 2016. In 2014 was one of the judges of the D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies and of the Auckland Museum Grants.
Recently my short story "The Sound of Breaking Glass" was replayed on Radio New Zealand. It won the Rotorua Post Short Story competition in 1996 and was first broadcast on National Radio in 1998.
I graduated Master of Creative Writing With Honours (First Class) from AUT University, Auckland in 2013. I was shortlisted for the Cathy Pacific Travel Media Awards, Best Magazine Travel Story, for "Bali’s Bright Shining Lie" in North & South magazine.
Over the years I have been a contributor to Who Weekly (Who magazine) People, New Zealand Listener, Herald On Sunday, NZ Herald, North & South, Metro, Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ) and other magazines. I have edited or contributed to a number of non-fiction books. My professional experience also includes public relations, radio, feature film casting and publicity and TV drama writing and production.
After training at Auckland Technical Institute in 1977 journalism induction diploma course, I worked as a reporter at the Auckland Star newspaper and then as a senior feature writer at the New Zealand Herald before taking maternity leave. I went back to NZ Herald features first on staff then as a contributor and later Herald On Sunday freelance contributor of lifestyle stories and features for many years.
For over 20 years I have written, edited and produced a four-page newsletter for Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust, which goes to a wide range of funders and professionals. I have a strong background in writing about alcohol and other drugs treatment and recovery. I co-lead with Bernie Griffen a weekly therapeutic group based around singing at Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust.
For six years I was consultant trainer for Independent Newspapers Limited, teaching effective writing and reporting techniques. This involved co-presenting two-day in-house workshops for working journalists several times a year around New Zealand.
From 1993 I have been New Zealand reporter for the popular Time Group magazines Who Weekly (Australia) now Who and People (USA).
I worked substantially in reality and documentary television as researcher (among others, for "Mucking In", "Taste New Zealand", "Medical File", "It's Your Money", "Coming Home", "Love That Car", "Scandals", "Secret New Zealand", on numerous documentaries as well as programme development at Greenstone Pictures), producer ("Weddings") and director ("How Safe", "Moving On", "Age of Consent"). I was known as a researcher for the hard jobs, able to get people talking about difficult subjects and video recording research interviews as part of the job.
Earlier television work included research (Eye Witness News, Top Half, Kaleidoscope, McCormick Country Life Sentence) script writing ("One of Those Nights") and production ("Utes", "One of Those Nights").
In 2006 and 2007, I worked as a scriptwriter and story liner on the TVNZ drama series "Orange Roughies", and since then have concentrated on fiction and poetry, publishing a novel started under the NZ Society of Authors Mentor Scheme (2006).
For more than a decade I was a working partner in Global Routes Music, a distributor of music and DVDs, recording and promoting local independent musicians.
In 2015-2016 I collaborated with Liz Allen as a the New Zealand Society of Authors initiative on the installation of the Daldy Street Bus Shelter for Panuku Development Auckland and Transport Auckland, featuring quotes from prominent New Zealand writers.
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