Thank You, Readers!

Last week(ish), a fan knocked on my door. He was my school stationery delivery guy and, as he was handing over my order, he said: “I read your blog as well, by the way, follow all your awards and everything, what you’re doing. My wife’s a big reader and she follows you too. Good luck… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 27 January 2015
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What are your plans for 2015? Are they similar to these writers?

Now that the new year is shaping up, it’s time to set some goals for the year… What do you want to achieve before 2016? What are your priorities? For me, I’ve been planning a new novel – a fantasy this time – which I’d love to finish before 2016. It’s called The Stormcarrier of… Continue reading →

230,000 Homes Read About Me & My #NBWG

What a great way to start the year – with a feature in January’s Peninsula Living! It’s been a bit of a tough festive season for me, with some bad family news that will see me returning to England for a short time, as soon as possible. So it’s particularly warming to see how supportive… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 4 January 2015
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Jack and the Interstalk

by Zena Shapter (originally written for the NSW Writers’ Centre Genre-Mash – where I had to mash together fairytales & social media) Once upon a time, there was an author called Jack, who lived with his wife. Like most writers, he was very poor. All he had was a kick-arse manuscript and a dream of… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 25 December 2014
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Festive Season Faux Pas to Avoid

(Or, five things I have learnt from attending recent writery parties) There are many reasons to be jolly during the festive season, but it’s also a time of being mindful of others. If you don’t want to make any festive faux pas, at writery events, family or work parties, then all you have to do… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 15 December 2014
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Photos From Our NBWG Book Launch

Did you know I founded the Northern Beaches Writers’ Group way back in 2009? I created the group because I wanted two things: to improve my own writing through informed peer review + to connect with similarly minded others in my local area Five years later and NBWG is doing all this and so much… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 1 December 2014
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I Believe In Magic. Protect Their Imaginations!

Our imaginations have the power to create anything we like. We can invent magical things or experiences that we dream will come true. We can conceive explanations where none are forthcoming and in that way make life exciting and mysterious. We can dream big and in doing so give purpose to our lives. We can… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 25 November 2014
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