The Write Tribe

Today I’m over at The Write Tribe, ‘the home of dynamic writers’ groups’, talking about the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group – why I started the group, how it’s supported my own writing (and sometimes hasn’t!), challenges, changes and advice for anyone wanting to start their own group. It’s a brief behind-the-scenes tour of an important… Continue reading →

The Throw-Away Culture of Forbidden Words #semantics

It’s my birthday today! So I thought I’d treat myself by blogging one final time about semantics: the meanings of words, how they change and what that says about us as a society. I love semantics! If you’re interested to know about the words ‘fear’, ‘worm’, ‘starve’, ‘bachelor’, ‘honest’ and ‘pretty’ then click below to… Continue reading →

Words Reveal Who We Really Are #Semantics

Thanks everyone for all your messages about I Fear Me The Worm. Semantics is such an interesting topic! So I’m bowing to popular demand and blogging about the meanings of words again. As I showed last time, creativity can influence language development, as can scientific progress. But would it surprise you to know that society’s… Continue reading →

I fear me the worm! How the meanings of words change #semantics

When I was at University I loved the study of semantics – how the meanings of words change. I wasn’t too bad at it either and even looked forward to writing a paper on it over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately I fell sick with glandular fever – my throat was so swollen I could only… Continue reading →

Be Careful What You Wish For, Exactly…

This long weekend, I really wanted to go to Brisbane for Contact 2016. I know, first world problems, right? Contact 2016 was the 55th Australian National Speculative Fiction Convention and many many talented and lovely writers attended. As for me… finances! I’ve loved going to speculative fiction festivals ever since my dear friend and very clever… Continue reading →

Free-to-Read Story Out Today: “Let the Tempest Hold Me Down”

Today I’m excited to announce the publication of my short story Let the Tempest Hold Me Down through Sci Phi Journal – click the link at end of this post to read it for free! Sci Phi Journal is an online science fiction and philosophy magazine that ‘explores questions of life, the universe, and anything that… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 11 March 2016
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Is This The Year Your Book Gets Written?!

This year, I was delighted to be asked to teach ‘The Year Your Book Gets Written’ at the awesome Mosman College. It’s a great course for anyone who wants to write a book, and would love workshop skills training, set deadlines to write to and a mentor to guide them. It’s so fantastic a course… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 4 February 2016
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