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Meet the Tutors

We are extremely proud of our tutoring team at NZ Writers' College. Our writing tutors are passionate about writing and, at the same time, are warm, supportive teachers with years of understanding and experience in assessing writing.

Meet the tutors below.



Award-winning New Zealand poet Owen Bullock tutors the Introduction to Poetry Course.

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Award-winning local journalist and bestselling author Paul Smith tutors the Magazine Journalism Course.

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Award-winning, Auckland-based travel writer Yvonne Van Dongen tutors the Travel Writing Course.

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Award-winning New Zealand author Philippa Werry tutors the Writing
Books for Children Courses

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Award-winning novelist Andrew Salomon tutors the Write a Novel Course

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Award-winning author Helen Brain tutors several Creative Writing Courses

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Award-winning author of over 700 published short stories, Ginny Swart tutors the Short Story Writing for Magazines Course.

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Edwin McRae

Ex-Shortland Street writer Edwin McRae tutors the Scriptwriting for Games and Online Video Course

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Award-winning New Zealand journalist Sarah Lang tutors the Magazine Journalism Course

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Karen Jeynes

Award-winning scriptwriter Karen Jeynes tutors the Scriptwriting Course

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The award-winning writer Donna Dailey tutors the Travel Writing  Course

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Susan Williams

Susan Williams tutors the
Business Writing  Courses

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Mandy Speechly tutors the
Copywriting Course

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Fiona Walsh tutors the
Press Release and Media Writing Course

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Karen Lotter tutors the
Writing for the Web and Social Media Course

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Award-winning novelist Alex Smith tutors the Write a Novel and Literary Short Story Course

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Lisa Lazarus

Lisa Lazarus tutors the Write Your Memoir Course

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Sharon Davies tutors the Magazine Journalism Course

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Sally Mazák tutors the
Break Through Your Writing Barriers Course

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Sonny Whitelaw

Award-winning author Sonny Whitelaw tutors the Write a Novel Course and the Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course

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Rosemary Hep÷zden

Rosemary Hepözden tutors the English Grammar for Writers course and the Copy-Editing and Proofreading course

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About Us

We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice. Work one-to-one with a professional writer and realise your writing dreams.


NZ Writers' College offers online writing classes all over New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. We have students from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Whangarei, Rotorua, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, as well as Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, Australia.

Contact Us

Nichola Meyer or Koos Turenhout
Phone:      +64 9 550 4635
9-5 Monday to Friday
Fax:           +64 9 550 4635