List of Assessors for NZSA CompleteMS full manuscript assessment programme and StartWrite programme

Caroline Barron

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Auckland and Northland (Dargaville area)
Genre: non-fiction (including creative non-fiction, memoir, self-improvement), adult fiction (including historical)
Contact: email, in person, FaceTime, phone.
Website: www.lovewordsmusic.com

Caroline Barron is an award-winning writer, avid reader, manuscript consultant, Otago Daily Times book reviewer, and board member for the Michael King Writers Centre—giving her a 360-degree view of both the literature industry and current publishing trends. She has a Masters in Creative Writing (University of Auckland) and a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism (AUT).

Diane Brown

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Dunedin
Genre: Memoir, poetry, literary novels and short stories
Contact: Email, phone, skype
Website: www.dianebrown.nz

Diane Brown is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs her own creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin in Dunedin. She has taught creative writing for the past 20 years at a variety of institutions including Paremoremo Prison, Continuing Education Auckland University, Otago University and Aoraki Polytechnic.

Her publications include two collections of poetry – Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland, (1997) – winner of the NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book Awards 1997 – and Learning to Lie Together, (2004); two novels, If The Tongue Fits, (1999) and Eight Stages of Grace, (2002) – a verse novel which was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2003; a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers (2004) and a prose/poetic work, Here Comes Another Vital Moment. Her latest book, Taking My Mother To The Opera, Otago University Press (2015) is an extended poetic family memoir, in part about post World War Two domestic life and the ageing of parents.

She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship and was an inaugural fellow at the Michael King Writer’s Studio. She won the Janet Frame Memorial Award in 2012 and the Beatson Fellowship in 2013In 2013 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education. She lives in Dunedin with her husband, author Philip Temple.

Frances Cherry

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area:
Wellington
Genre: Fiction, novel, short story, radio
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

Frances Cherry is a writer and writing tutor. After running writing workshops for many years through various High school Community Education classes she now runs workshops on the memoir or novel in her own home in Wellington. She also mentors people privately and through NZSA. Frances Cherry has had eleven novels published and has recently had her memoir, To be Perfectly Frances, published by Steele Roberts.

Christine Cloughley

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Tauranga
Genre: Adult fiction, non-fiction
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

Christine Cloughley is a freelance fiction and non-fiction writer and editor who loves words and the stories they reveal. She has a particular interest in contemporary literature.

Over the years Christine has worked as a book reviewer, manuscript assessor and editor on a variety of literary genres. She began her career as a journalist and contract writer and has written extensively on a broad range of subjects for a variety of print media and businesses.

She has run courses in journalism and was prose editor of literary magazine Bravado before turning her focus towards short and long fiction writing, editing and assessments.

Shirley Corlett

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Masterton
Genre: Fiction: Novels and short stories for Intermediate age children, young adult and adult. Especially interested in NZ historic
Member NZ Book Council’s Writers in Schools Scheme
Contact: Email, skype, phone, face to face (if possible)

Published novels:- The Hanging Sky (Mallinson Rendel) for adults, and nine junior and young adult novels. The Stolen (Scholastic) won the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 1999. The Weathermakers (Scholastic) was a finalist in the 2002 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. Two ‘My Story’ novels are Abandon Ship (the Wahine Disaster), and Fire in the Sky, about the Mt Tarawera Eruption. You’ve Got Guts Kenny Melrose (Scholastic) was a finalist in the 2005 NZ Post Children’s Awards. Also: Through Thick and Thin (2007, Scholastic and DTD Junior Germany). In the Spotlight and Addie Accident. Her tenth novel, A Catastrophe of Gigantic Proportions is to be launched October 2018.  She has been Writer in Residence at the Dunedin College of Education, is a creative writing tutor, and has visited dozens of schools over the years through the Writers in Schools programme. She is happy to mentor short story writers, children’s or young adult novels, especially historical.

Majella Cullinane

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Otago Southland
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories and Poetry
Communications: Email, phone, face to face

Majella Cullinane was born and raised in Ireland, and has been living in New Zealand since 2008. In 2014, she was awarded the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago.  She has previously received a Sean Dunne Young Writer’s Award for Poetry, the Hennessy XO/Sunday Tribune Literary Award for Emerging Poetry, and also an Irish Arts Council Award to study for an MLitt. in Creative Writing at St. Andrew’s University Scotland.

She has an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, and completed her BA in English and Italian at the University of Dublin. She’s been short-listed for awards in historical fiction, short stories and essays, and has previously held Fellowship and Writer-in-Residence positions in Ireland and Scotland. In 2011, she published her first poetry collection Guarding the Flame with Salmon Poetry Ireland. This year she started a PhD in Creative Practice (short fiction) at the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at Otago University. She was recently shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize. Her second poetry collection ‘Whisper Of A Crow’s Wing’ will be published by Otago University Press in 2018, and her novel ‘The Life of De’Ath’ has recently been accepted for publication and is due out next year also.

Barbara Else

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area
: Dunedin
Genre: Novel, short story, non-fiction.
Contact: Email, phone, face to face
Website: www.elseware.co.nz

Barbara Else is the author of six novels for adults, six for children, and the non-fiction Go Girl – A Storybook of Epic NZ Women. She has also edited several anthologies of stories for children and young adults. Her first novel The Warrior Queen was on the NZ Bestseller list for almost a year, and short listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Her second, Gingerbread Husbands, was short listed for the Booksellers BookData Award. Her historical novel Wild Latitudes has recently been republished in the UK. Her fantasy quartet for children, starting with The Travelling Restaurant has had overseas publications and won several awards including IBBY and White Raven awards.

She holds an MNZM for services to literature, the Esther Glen Medal and the Margaret Mahy Award. She has been Writer in Residence at Victoria University of Wellington and the Otago University College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. With her husband, author Chris Else, she runs TFS, an advisory service for writers: this includes a manuscript assessment service. Barbara is co-ordinator of the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors. She has twice been a judge for the NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. In 2018 she delivered The Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture at Christchurch WORD.

Chris Else

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Dunedin
Genre: Novel, short story, non-fiction Founder member NZAMA/NZALA
Contact: Email, phone, skype, face to face (if possible)
Website: www.elseware.co.nz

His publications include six novels – Brainjoy (1998), Why Things Fall (1992), Beetle in the Box (2001), On River Road (2004), Black Earth/White Bones (2007) and Gith (2008) – as well as two volumes of short stories (Endangered Species 1997 and Dreams of Pythagoras 1981). Why Things Fall was also published in Australia in 1993. His short stories have been widely anthologised.

He has worked as a creative writing teacher for over twenty years. In 1988 he set up TFS, a literary agency and assessment service, and is a founder member of the associations the NZ Association
of Literary Agents and the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors. Many new and experienced writers, including Alan Duff, Rachael Craw and Emma Neale, have acknowledged Chris’s help in bringing their work to publication.

Michelle Elvy

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Dunedin
Genre: fiction (novel, short story, flash fiction); hybrid novella or novels in flash fiction/ poetry; creative nonfiction and travel; memoir; YA. Member of NZAMA
Contact: email Skype
Website: michelleelvy.com

Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor recently re-located to Dunedin. She is founder of National Flash Fiction Day NZ and the online journal Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction. Recent book projects include Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (edited with Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, CUP 2018), the Best Small Fictions series (Assistant Editor since 2015, Sonder Press, US) and Flash Fiction International (associate editing team, W. W. Norton 2015; editors James Thomas, Christopher Merrill and Robert Shapard). In 2019/2020 she is co-editing Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe.

A Fulbright scholar and Watson Fellow, Michelle is also a Pushcart nominee and recipient of the NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library grant and the NZSA Mentorship programme. She has judged various competitions hosted in New Zealand and abroad, including the South Island Writers’ Association, the International Writers’ Workshop, the Whangarei Poetry Walk, NorthWrite’s collaboration competition, the NYC Challenge and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her work as a writer/ editor has always overlapped with her sense of community, reflected by projects such as 52|250: A Year of Flash (2010-11), An Aotearoa Affair: From Kiel to Kaitaia (2012), the Tuesday Poem group, Whangarei’s Pecha Kucha (2012/13) and National Flash Fiction Day. Michelle’s poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published and anthologised. Her book, the everrumble (Ad Hoc Fiction 2019), is a small novel in small forms, launched at the 2019 UK Flash Fiction Festival.

James George

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area
: Auckland
Genre: Adult Fiction, Short Story, Non-fiction, writing tutor
Contact: Email, phone, skype, face to face

James George is a novelist, short story writer and manuscript consultant. He is the current chair of Te Ha – the Literature Committee of Toi Maori Aotearoa – the Maori Arts Council.  He is also a very experienced creative writing tutor (currently at AUT and Unitec) and the co-director of The Story Bridge – a company which provides tuition on creative writing and independent publishing. George’s published work includes the novels Wooden Horse, Hummingbird and Ocean Roads. Hummingbird, was short listed for the Deutz Medal in fiction (Montana NZ Book Awards) and chosen as Whitcoulls ‘Book of the Month’ in 2003. George is also the co-author of a biography, Showbands – Mahora and The Maori Volcanics published by Huia in 2005. Over the last ten years he has had numerous short stories published in various anthologies and he is currently working on two further novels under contract to Huia Publishers.

Mandy Hager

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Paraparaumu, Wellington
Genre: YA and adult novels, non-fiction resources, scripts and shorter fiction
Contact: email, phone, skype, face to face (if possible)
Website: mandyhager.com

Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (‘Smashed’ 2008, ‘The Nature of Ash’ 2013, ‘Dear Vincent’ 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (‘The Crossing’ 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (‘Tom’s Story’), Golden Wings Excellence Award (‘Juno Lucina,’ 2002), Golden Wings Award (‘Run For The Trees’, 2003) and Five Notable Book Awards. She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence. In 2015 her novel ‘Singing Home the Whale’ was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. In 2017 Penguin NZ published ‘Heloise’, a historical novel for adults.

She is a trained teacher, with an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Whitireia) and an MA in Creative Writing for Victoria University. Her ‘Blood of the Lamb’ trilogy has been published in the US by Pyr Books. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and currently tutors the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme.

Siobhan Harvey

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Auckland
Genre: Poetry, stories, novels, nonfiction (including creative nonfiction).
Contact: Phone, email, skype, face to face (if possible)

Siobhan Harvey is a poet, fiction and creative nonfiction author, editor, mentor and Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Centre for Creative Writing, AUT. Her most recent books are Cloudboy (OUP, 2014) and, as co-editor, the bestselling anthology, Essential New Zealand Poems (Penguin Random House NZ, 2014). Her fiction has been published in Griffith Review 49: New Asia (Aus), Landfall and Asia Literary Review 28 (HK), broadcast on National Radio and recently won the 2016 Write Well Award (US). Her creative nonfiction has been selected as highly commended in 2013 Landfall Essay Prize and runner up in 2011 Landfall Essay Competition, and published in Atlas, Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future (Aus), Landfall, Segue (Miami University Press) and Pilgrimage (Colorado State University Press), and is forthcoming in the anthology, Memoirs of the Feminine Divine (US). Additionally, she is winner of the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry, runner up in the 2014 and 2015 New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Poetry Competitions and shortlisted for the Janet Frame Memorial Awards (2012, 2014 & 2016), as well as runner up in 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize (Aus) and 2012 Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition. Between 2006 and 2013 she coordinated New Zealand’s National Poetry Day.

Siobhan’s work is often described as lyrical, engaging language, imagery and ideas in unusual and provocative ways. She has a Poet’s Page on The Poetry Archive (UK), co-directed by Sir Andrew Motion.

Jane Hole

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area:
Canterbury
Genre: Non-fiction: travel/memoir/spirituality
Contact: Email, phone, skype, face to face (if possible)
Website:  www.janecarswell.net

Jane Hole writes as Jane Carswell. Her book ‘Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China’ was winner of the 2010 Whitcoulls/Travcom Travel Book of the Year award, and shortlisted for the Ashton Wylie Book Award in the same year. Her second non-fiction book (memoir) ‘Talk of Treasure’ was published by Makaro Press, Wellington, in October 2016. ‘An Australian edition, with changes, of ‘Talk of Treasure’ (subtitled ‘Words on writing, meditation and life’) will be published by Transit Lounge Publishing, Melbourne, in February 2019.

Dr Susanna Lyle

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Northland
Genre: non-fiction, science, academic, education, natural history
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

In addition to being an artist, Susanna is the author of numerous non-fiction books and magazine articles on a series of wide-ranging topics.  Her first book “Discovering Fruit and Nuts” was published in 2006 and is released in NZ, Australia, USA and Europe.

She has extensive tutoring experience (including in creative writing) and hold a BSc Hons and PhD in Biological Science.

Anna Mackenzie

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Hawke’s Bay
Genre: Adult fiction, young adult fiction, historic, contemporary, speculative.
Contact: Email, phone, skype, face to face (if possible)
Website:  annamackenzieauthor.com

Anna Mackenzie writes young adult and adult fiction. Her eighth novel, Donnel’s Promise (Random House, 2014) was an iBooks ‘Top Five’ pick for 2014. Her ninth title, Evie’s War, was published by Penguin Random House in June 2015. She has won an NZ Post Honour Award, Sir Julius Vogel Award, White Raven Award (Germany) and six CLF Notable Book Awards. In 2013 she was awarded a writing residency in Belgium and the following year was invited to speak at the inaugural ‘This Way Up’ festival of the Arts in London.

Anna has worked in feature writing and editing for more than twenty years, and has taught creative writing in London, Belgium and New Zealand. Her students have enjoyed considerable success.

Janice Marriott

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Auckland
Genre: Children’s novels and picture books, adult novels, and memoir
Communications: Email, phone, face to face, coffee / tea meetings
Website: www.gowritenow.nz

Janice Marriott is a writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction for adult and child readers. Her children’s novels have won the Supreme Award, Senior Fiction Award, the Junior Fiction Award, and been a finalist in the Non-Fiction section of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She has been awarded the Ester Glen Medal for her children’s writing and the Margaret Mahy Medal in 2018. She’s written children’s material for TV, radio, and the educational market.
For adults she has written four books of memoir, Common Ground being the first, and Changing Lives the most recent. She has been a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, and a gardening columnist for the last nine years. Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and on radio. Her most recent book is Grandparents Talk, published in 2016.
Her main focus now is helping others write their stories. She is a member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors, and runs a popular online tutoring business for emerging writers, through www.gowritenow.nz  Several of her students have won book awards themselves.

Lesley Marshall

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Northland
Genre: Editing (non-fiction, fiction, short story)           Member of NZAMA
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)
Website: Editline

Lesley Marshall runs Editline, a freelance editing service in Northland. She has over 35 years’ experience in editing and assessing general fiction, short stories, thrillers, romances, historical novels, women’s fiction, sci-fi, plays and family histories. She always tries to edit within the writer’s voice and style.

Lesley has edited many award-winning short stories one of which was made into a film. As well as acting as outside assessor for the NorthTec and Whitireia Polytechnic writing programmes and mentor for Whitireia, she is currently teaching on-line writing and editing papers for NorthTec. On an occasional basis she has edited manuscripts for various publishing houses, and is a regular appraiser, assessor and mentor for the New Zealand Society of Authors. Lesley is a founding member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors.

Sue McCauley

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa
Genre: novel, short story, drama, screenwriting.
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

For thirty five years I made a living as a writer in New Zealand. As well as work for TV, stage and radio I published five novels, two books of collected short stories, one non-fiction title. My first novel, Other Halves, won two major awards and was made into a film, and subsequent books were shortlisted for awards. I also edited of a number of story collections and taught creative writing. This all feels like a long time ago! In recent years I have mentored/ assessed numerous writers for NZSA and for The Creative Hub in Auckland. I live with my husband and numerous animals in southern Hawkes Bay.
Titles. Novels: Other Halves, Then again, Bad Music, A Fancy Man, Tropic of Guile. Story collections: It Could be You, Life on Earth. Non fiction: Escape from Bosnia – Aza’s Story.

Rae McGregor

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Auckland
Genre: Fiction, and non-fiction.
Contact: Email, phone, face to face

Rae has written five books.  Three biographies a children’s story and a novel.  She has also had short stories published.

Rae works as a full time writer and assessor and reviews regularly for National Radio both fiction and non-fiction work.

She is also closely involved with theatre and has directed several plays for Howick Little Theatre and for Dolphin Theatre.

Janine McVeagh

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Hokianga Harbour
Genre: Children and young adult; adult non-fiction, biography, history, long fiction
Contact: Email, phone, skype, face to face (if possible)

I’ve been published across a wide range of genres and media over the years: short and long non-fiction for children and adults; short and long fiction, including two novels for children and short stories on radio for adults; collaborated in writing plays for radio and early childhood readers in Te Reo Maori as well as reviews of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, films and websites for magazines and newsletters.  In 2017 Grandad’s Guitar was published by Makaro Press.

I conceived and developed the online Diploma of Applied Writing programme for Northtec and taught it for 20 years. I have now retired.

I live with my family in Rawene on the Hokianga Harbour and am involved in several local issues, all of which feeds my writing. Currently researching and writing local history as well as a biography and historical novel about the life of Priscilla Wakefield.

Diana Menefy

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area
: Northland
Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, adults, children’s and YA. I prefer not to cover science fiction or fantasy and no poetry
Contact: Email, Coffee / tea meetings

In addition to being an experienced tutor and course designer, Diana has had novels and short stories published and numerous articles for newspapers, magazines and educational organisations. She has written five commissioned local histories, the last being the centenary history of Whangarei Hospital for Northland Health, two non-fiction books aimed at the tourist market, and four novels. Her second novel Shadow of the Boyd was shortlisted for NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and won the LIANZA Esther Glen medal in 2011. Her novel 1915 Wounds of War, was the second book in the Scholastic WW1 Series Kiwis At War, and has recently had its third or fourth reprint. Diana’s first picture book I Had a Brother came out in July this year with OneTree House Publishing. She has another junior historical novel Chasing Silver with a publisher, and is now working on a contemporary YA novel Judging is Lethal.

Kyle Mewburn

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Central Otago
Genre: Picture books, general children’s fiction
Contact: Email, Phone, Skype, face to face (if possible), et al
Website: kylemewburn.com

Kyle Mewburn has published numerous picture books, junior fiction and School Readers. These books have been published in 23 countries and won numerous awards.

Old Hu-hu (Scholastic 2009) won the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year. Melu (Scholastic 2012) won the NZ Post Best Picture Book category at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2013 and was a White Raven title for 2012.  Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! (Scholastic 2006) won both the Best Picture Book and Children’s Choice categories at the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards in 2007, as well as the Flicker Tale Award in North Dakota, USA. Kyle’s best-selling junior fiction series Dinosaur Rescue has been sold into over 20 countries. Kyle was Children’s Writer-in-Residence at Otago University in 2011 and was President of the NZSA till 2017. Kyle’s first junior novel, A Crack in the Sky (Scholastic 2010), was written while participating in the NZSA Mentorship programme, under the guidance of David Hill.

Judy L Mohr

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area: Christchurch
Genre: Thrillers (including Romantic Suspense), Fantasy (including Paranormal Romance), Science Fiction, Adult Fiction, Novel and Short Story
Member of NZSA, RWNZ, Professional member of Institute of Professional Editors, Inc. (IPEd)
Contact: Email, Skype, phone, face to face (if possible)
Website:
blackwolfeditorial.com/blog/

Kiwi Judy L Mohr is a writer and a developmental editor with Black Wolf Editorial Services (https://blackwolfeditorial.com). Judy has worked with writers from around the world, helping them secure publication for their stories. Her preferred genres for editorial work include thrillers, fantasy and science fiction. She holds an editorial accreditation from OpenColleges Australia, in addition to her academic qualifications, and is a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors, Inc. (IPEd). For some tips and tricks for writing fiction, visit the Editor’s Blog at https://blackwolfeditorial.com/blog/

Lee Murray

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Tauranga
Genre: Fiction, adult/YA/MG, short story. Special interest in speculative and dark fiction projects
Contact: phone, email, Skype, Coffee / tea meetings, face to face
Website: www.leemurray.info

Lee Murray is two-time Bram Stoker Award nominee and New Zealand’s most awarded writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (Sir Julius Vogel, Australian Shadows). She is the author of the multi-award-winning Taine McKenna speculative military series (Severed Press Australia) and supernatural crime-noir series, The Path of Ra (Raw Dog Screaming Press, USA) co-authored with Dan Rabarts. Her latest title for children Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse was published by IFWG Publishing Australia in 2019. She is proud to have edited thirteen anthologies of speculative and dark fiction, including seven by New Zealand school students. Lee lives with her family in Tauranga, where she conjures up fiction from her office overlooking a cow paddock.

Dan Myers

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: New Zealand / Santa Fe
Genre: Editor, Short Story, Consultant
Contact: Email, skype, face to face (if possible)

Daniel Myers is a retired literary agent. He founded Wordlink Literary Agency in New Zealand, and later expanded with offices in the USA and Europe. In addition to the agency, he is also a novelist – The Second Favorite Son (2004) and Corporate Blue (2007), short story writer, essayist, editor and publisher (AELink Publications, Inc.– publishers of language training materials for pilots and air traffic controllers). He also has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry as a pilot and air traffic controller. He now focuses on his own writing and divides his time between New Zealand and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

James Norcliffe

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Canterbury
Genre: Poetry, fiction for young people, short story
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

James has had many years’ experience as a writer and editor. He has published nine collections of poetry, most recently Villon in Millerton, Shadow Play, Dark Days at the Oxygen Café and a collection of poems for younger people Packing A Bag for Mars; eleven novels for young people, including the YA fantasy The Loblolly Boy which made the USSBY list of best foreign children’s books published in the USA, its successor The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer, and more recently The Enchanted Flute, Felix and the Red Rats, The Pirates and the Nightmaker, and Twice Upon a Time.

He has written a collection of short stories, The Chinese Interpreter. He is an editor for the on-line journal Flash Frontier and has edited anthologies of poetry and the annual ReDraft anthologies of writing by young people. He has co-edited major poetry and short fiction anthologies most recently Bonsai (with Michelle Elvy & Frankie McMillan).

He has twice won the NZ Poetry Society’s International Poetry Award, been short listed for the Montana poetry awards for Letters to Dr Dee, and won an honour award for The Emerald Encyclopaedia at the NZ Children’s Book Awards. The Assassin of Gleam was short listed for the Esther Glen Medal, and won the Sir Julius Vogel Award. In 2010 The Loblolly Boy also short listed for the Esther Glen Award and won the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Junior Fiction Award. The Loblolly Boy and the Sorcerer, Felix and the Red Rats and The Pirates and the Nightmaker were shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Junior Fiction Awards.

James has been invited to a number of international poetry festivals and has been awarded a number of residencies including the Burns Fellowship, the Iowa International Writers Programme, and the University Of Otago College Of Education Creative New Zealand Fellowship for Children’s Writing. With Bernadette Hall, he was presented with a Press Literary Liaisons Honour Award for lasting contribution to literature in the South Island.

Sue Reidy

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area
: Auckland
Genre: Adult fiction, Memoir, Crime fiction, YA fiction, Middle-grade fiction, Self-development
Contact: Email, phone, Skype, face to face
Website: www.suereidy.co.nz

Sue Reidy is an Auckland-based novelist, freelance writer, manuscript assessor and poet. Three of her novels have been published internationally (The Visitation, Four Ways to be a Woman, L’Amore Secondo Miranda). Her collection of short stories (Modettes) was published locally. Her novel The Visitation was shortlisted in the NZ Montana Book Awards. She is a former Buddle Findlay Sargeson literary fellow and a former BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story winner. She has also been runner-up in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award. Her short stories have been anthologised and broadcast on Radio National. Sue’s poetry has been published in the Listener, Landfall, Jaam, Takahē, Bravado and International Literary Quarterly. She has participated in 15 local and three international literary festivals (Sydney, Brisbane, Wellington)

Sue has been a mentor and an external examiner on the AUT Creative Writing Programme (2009) and is a former mayoral speech writer (Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis). She has had extensive experience assessing manuscripts in a wide range of genres, reflecting her broad reading background.

Paddy Richardson

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Dunedin
Genre: Novel including crime and historical, Short story
Contact: Email, phone, face to face, Skype

Paddy Richardson has taught numerous creative fiction writing courses, has been awarded three Creative New Zealand Awards, the University of Otago Burns Fellowship in 1997, the Beatson Fellowship in 2007 and the James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award in 2011. In 2012 she was invited to and attended both the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book fairs.

As a writer of short fiction, her stories have been widely broadcast on New Zealand National Radio, published both locally and in Australia and short-listed for the 1997 BNZ Mansfield Awards, the international short story Best of Penknife 2006 and won a highly commended award in the Sunday Star Times Awards, 2005. She has published two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese and six novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and Swimming in the Dark.  A Year to Learn A Woman (‘Der Frauenfanger’), Hunting Blind (‘Komm Spiel Mit Mir’) and Traces of Red (Deine Schuld) have been published by German publishers Droemer Knaur. Through the Lonesome Dark published in May 2017

Joan Rosier-Jones

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Whanganui
Genre: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Contact: Phone, email, Coffee / tea meetings, face to face

Joan Rosier-Jones writes fiction and non-fiction. She has also written and had two plays produced. She began her working life as a teacher, and now combines her two passions – writing and teaching by running classes and writers’ retreats for adults and working with the NZA programmes for emerging writers. She has taught creative writing for several institutions – University of Auckland, UNITEC, and local community education services. Several of her students have gained success in the world of publishing. Her popular, So You Want to Write, a guide for aspiring authors, was updated and reprinted in 2018. Other similar subjects include family history writing, book publicity and marketing. She is the author of several courses for the NZ Institute of Business Studies, and has published a number of novels since her first book, Cast Two Shadows, described as a ‘powerfully realistic novel’, was released in 1985. A true murder mystery, The Murder of Chow Yat, was published in 2009. Her last novel, Waiting for Elizabeth, was set in Tudor Ireland. Doing it My Way is an Egyptian memoir, which she co-wrote with Egyptian entrepreneur, Elhamy Elzayat and her latest publication is Literary Whanganui which is based on literary walks and bus tours she has organised over the last 15 years.

Tina Shaw

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Taupo
Genre: Fiction for children, adults and YA
Contact: Phone, email, Skype, Zoom, Coffee / tea meetings, face to face
Website: www.tinashaw.co.nz

Tina Shaw is the author of literary novels: Birdie, Dreams of America, City of Reeds, Paradise, The Black Madonna and The Children’s Pond. She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and the University of Waikato Writer-In-Residence. Tina has published junior fiction and in the children’s educational market, and her 2009 novel About Griffen’s Heart (Longacre Press) was named a Storylines Notable Book for 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. Her YA manuscript, Ursa, won the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award and was published in 2019 by Walker Books. She is a creative writing tutor, manuscript assessor, mentor, external examiner for AUT’s Master of Creative Writing, editor of NZ Author and has been a NZAMA member for 15 years. Her latest work, Ephemera, is published in March 2020 with Cloud Ink Press.

Vanda Symon

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Otago
Genre: Crime fiction/ general fiction / non-fiction
Contact: Email, phone, face to face (if possible)

Vanda Symon has had four crime fiction novels in the Detective Sam Shepherd series and a stand-alone crime fiction novel, The Faceless, published by Penguin New Zealand. Her novels have also been translated into German and are being published in Britain. She is a three-time finalist for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.

Vanda is also involved in broadcasting – producing and hosting a monthly radio show on books and writers, and has reviewed books for National Radio. This has given her experience in critiquing both fiction and non-fiction work. She has been a book awards judge for the NZ Post Book awards, and the Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best Crime Novel. Vanda has a PhD in science communication, and a professional background in Pharmacy.

Penelope Todd

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Dunedin 
Genre: YA, fiction
Contact: Email, skype, phone, face to face (if possible)

For several years Penelope Todd authored young adult fiction published by Longacre Press, most notably the Watermark trilogy, each of which was shortlisted for the NZ Post Book Awards. Her 2008 memoir is Digging for Spain: A Writer’s Journey. Her novel, Island, was published by Penguin in 2010 and she co-authored and published in 2012 the English/Spanish novel Amigas.

Penelope Todd writes fiction and memoir; edits (including translated children’s books for Gecko Press); assesses manuscripts freelance, and until recently has published short fiction, novels, including crime, and memoirs at Rosa Mira Books.

Geoff Walker

Assesses: CompleteMS
Area:
Auckland
Genre: Biography, memoir, Historical writing and Fiction
Communications: Email, phone, Skype, WhatsApp, face to face

Geoff Walker was for many years Publishing Director of Penguin New Zealand, where he worked with many leading New Zealand authors whose books won a large number of awards. Geoff is now working as a freelance publishing consultant, editor and manuscript assessor. He is also a commissioning editor on the BWB Texts series of books published by Bridget Williams Books. Geoff offers sound and expert advice on manuscript assessment, writing, rewriting and editing. He can also advise on the best way to publish and which publishers to approach.

For authors who wish to ‘indie’ publish he offers a wide array of advice on how to proceed. He can also project manage a book from the original manuscript through its editorial and design stages to finished printed copies or e-books. Geoff’s personal interests lie in contemporary fiction, biography, memoir and history but he also works with all kinds of books across a broad range.

Philippa Werry

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area:
Wellington
Genre: children’s literature, non-fiction
Contact: Email, skype, phone, face to face (if possible)
Website: www.philippawerry.co.nz

Philippa is a Wellington writer whose non-fiction, poetry, stories and plays have been widely published, anthologised and broadcast on radio. Eight of her books have been named as Storylines Notable Books and a number of titles, both fiction and non-fiction, have been shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Enemy at the Gate (2009), Anzac Day: the New Zealand story (2014, and also shortlisted for the Lianza Book Awards 2014), Waitangi Day: the New Zealand story (Children’s Choice section, 2015), The New Zealand Wars (2018) and The Telegram (2019). Her work has also appeared in the School Journal and other educational publications.

Philippa was runner up in the Playmarket Plays for the Young Competition 2010 and a Finalist in the Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2015. She has been shortlisted for the Text Publishing Prize and the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (three times) and was the recipient of the New Zealand Society of Authors Mid-Career Writers Award in 2010 and a CLNZ/NZSA research grant in 2015. In April 2014, she travelled to Turkey as a member of the Gallipoli Volunteers program to help out at the Anzac Day ceremonies. In April 2016, she was awarded the Anzac Bridge Fellowship, and in December 2016, she went to Antarctica with the Antarctica NZ community engagement programme (formerly Artists and Writers to Antarctica). She was awarded the Easter residency at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2019. Philippa is an online writing tutor, maintains several blogs, is a frequent speaker at book-related events and seminars and visits schools around the country as part of the Writers in Schools programme. She is passionate about the need to tell our stories and our history to our children and young people.

Ella West

Assesses: StartWrite, CompleteMS
Area
: Otago/Southland
Genre: Junior and Young Adult Fiction
Contact: Email, skype, phone, Facebook, face to face (if possible)

Ella West is the pen name of Karen Trebilcock. She writes Young Adult fiction including Night Vision and the thriller series Thieves, and has been published here and overseas. She is a multi-award winning novelist and in 2010 was the University Of Otago College Of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence. She enjoys teaching in schools and helping people develop their writing skills.