Meet the Tutors

We are extremely proud of our tutoring team at NZ Writers' College. Our writing tutors are full-time, professional writers who have won many writing awards, including Qantas Awards, Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, the Sir David Beatie Award, the Reed Fiction Award, Philip K Dick Memorial Award and the Arthur C Clarke Award.

They are passionate about writing and, at the same time, are warm, supportive teachers with years of understanding and experience in assessing writing. Many have taught MA programmes in Creative Writing or Journalism at universities and polytechnics in New Zealand and Australia.




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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Sharon-Stephenson | Magazine Journalism tutor for NZ Writers College

Sharon Stephenson is an award-winning local journalist, she tutors the Magazine Journalism Course.

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Award-winning New Zealand children's book 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 of our 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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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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Award-winning, Auckland-based travel writer, Yvonne Van Dongen, tutors the Travel Writing Course.

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About Us

NZ Writers College is a leading online writing school in New Zealand.

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.

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Phone:      +64 9 550 4635

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