Writing Tutors


Jane Bissell – Subjects: creative non-fiction, memoir and/or end of life writing, journaling, workshops for new adult writers, the creative writing ‘nuts and bolts’ of style, tone, voice, characterisation, structure. Willing to travel. Auckland. In person, via Skype, or email.

Kathryn Burnett –subjects: screenwriting, creative thinking, brainstorming. Willing to travel. Auckland
www.kathryn-burnett.com  kathryn@kathryn-burnett.com

Majella Cullinane – subjects: historical fiction and poetry. Willing to travel (with advance notice). Auckland.

Daphne Clair de Jong – subjects: novels, short stories, creative non-fiction.  Wide experience, can teach/critique most types/genres. Specialty women’s fiction/romance. Coaching, critiquing in person or by email.  Available for writing workshops. Will travel.      daphne@daphneclair.com

Bronwyn Elsmore – subjects: basic course for beginner writers, covering such areas as effective writing techniques, openings & endings, characterization, description, dialogue, accuracy, point of view, style & tone, marketing, preparing your MS, articles, short stories, writing for children, and much more depending on participants’ needs. She is based in Auckland but can travel within upper North Island. b.elsmorenz@gmail.com

Riemke Ensing -Subject: Poetry Location: Auckland Travel: willing to travel
Ph: 09 534-5152 cell: 022 105 3580 r.ensing@ensing.co.nz  www.ensing.co.nz

Steff Green – subjects: Blogging, writing and publishing ebooks, writing for magazines, writing and web marketing for businesses. Willing to travel. Auckland.
Ph. 027 414 7016 steffgreen@gmail.com

Derek Olphert – subjects: Preparing photographs for publication using Adobe Photoshop. Adding photographs to text as layout for print (offset and digital) and screen (pdf ebook) using Adobe InDesign. Willing to travel in greater Auckland area. Auckland. derekolphert@maxnet.co.nz

Janice Marriott – Subjects: Writing for children, writing your life, memoir writing b Location: Auckland
Ph: 021 807 400 janice@gowritenow.nz

Vivienne Plumb – subjects: poetry, fiction, drama. Willing to travel, if travel is paid for. Auckland
Ph. 09-3775058 vivplumb@gmail.com

Melinda Szymanik – subjects: children’s and YA fiction including picture books, short stories and novels. Also creative writing for children. Providing group writing workshops and author talks. Would consider travelling to other main centres round NZ.  Auckland melinda@tale-spin.com  www.melindaszymanik.blogspot.com

Bay of Plenty

Jenny Argante– subjects: short story writing, aspects of the novel, preparing print-ready copy, editing, poetry in practice, memoir & local history. Willing to travel to Auckland, Waikato, Coromandel, and Bay of Plenty Regions. Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Ph. 07 576 9212 wordwizard41@xtra.co.nz  PO Box 13533, Tauranga Central 3141


Jenny Howarth – subjects: writing your first novel, non-fiction writing. Willing to travel. Christchurch.  Ph. 03 3854754  jjhaworth@xtra.co.nz

Joanna Preston – specialist area is poetry, but I have run workshops on general creative writing as well.  Based in Canterbury (Southbridge, which is roughly half way between Christchurch and Ashburton), and am happy to travel.  Ph: 03 3242912  preston.joanna@gmail.com

Central Districts

Adele Broadbent – subjects: Children’s creative writing – for 8-12 yr olds. Structure/Building blocks of a story. Where do ideas come from? Available all Hawkes Bay (if travel funded.)   adelebroadbent@ruralkiwi.com

Tina Shaw is an experienced manuscript assessor and mentor, who has taught creative writing workshops for many years. She is author of six novels and is a skilled tutor of fiction, and publishing in general – see the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook. Contact: shaw.tina@gmail.com or visit her website: www.tinashaw.co.nz


Donna Blaber – is available to speak or run workshops on creative non-fiction, writing for magazines, becoming an author entrepreneur, marketing and PR, and independent publishing. She regularly runs creative workshops for children (aged 8-18 years) on a range of topics including creative non-fiction, fiction, journalism, travel writing, and print and digital publishing. She enjoys giving inspirational author talks, themed talks on subjects such as ‘New Zealand Our Place’, Q&A sessions, and reading published work as well as sharing her current work in progress. Whangarei, Northland. Willing to travel to all regions. donna@donnablaber.com

Kathy Derrick – subjects: getting started – tools for beginner writers, story structure, and writing for children. Bay of Islands/Northland. Will travel. kderrick@xtra.co.nz

Michelle Elvy – subjects: short story, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, historical research/writing, general writing and advanced grammar. Also experienced with novel / novella assessment and anthology editing. Available for correspondence via internet and email. Northland. michelle.elvy@gmail.com

Otago – Southland

Diane Brown – subjects: memoir writing, poetry, fiction, general creative writing, and creative nonfiction writing. Willing to travel. Dunedin. Ph. 034774477 diane@dianebrown.co.nz

Paddy Richardson – subjects: short story, long fiction, crime fiction. Willing to travel. Dunedin
Ph. 034780685 paddyr.writer@gmail.com

Jillian Sullivan – subjects: The Hero’s Journey, character and dialogue, outlining the novel, non-fiction for children. Willing to travel. Ph: 021398522 jilliansullivan25@gmail.com  jilliansullivan.co.nz

Sue Wootton – Workshops in poetry and fiction.  Dunedin. Willing to travel. suewootton3@gmail.com   suewootton.com


Fleur Beale – Specialty: workshops for groups of adults on writing for children and teens. Workshops for groups of children of Intermediate age and secondary school age. Workshops for teachers on teaching creative writing. One to one mentoring. Location: Wellington. I’m prepared to travel. www.fleurbealewriter.com

Norman Bilbrough – is available to offer workshops on short stories.  He has taught such classes privately and through institutions like Whitiera and Massey. (And have published numerous stories).  Wellington, and can travel reasonable distances.  Ph:   04 4726824 norman@msassess.com  www.msassess.com

Mandy Hager– general writing, YA fiction writing, writing structure, or novel writing – either with adults or kids. Willing to travel. Wellington Ph. 04 905 2943 or 0275053020 mandy.hager@paradise.net.nz

Philippa Werry – Subjects: creative writing workshops for children (8-12 years) and secondary school students (13-18 years); story structure, how to get started, arresting openings, building characters, making your story richer and more exciting; also non -fiction and historical fiction for adults. Willing to travel.
Ph: (04) 971 3203 werry@paradise.net.nz