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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An Absent Family Brings Out the Tina Turner in Me!

So, the long summer holidays have finally ended here in Sydney and the kids have gone back to school. A few years ago, I used to dread school holidays and the interruption they brought to my work schedule, given I work from home. I love my work! These days, the kids are more independent and… Continue reading →

What is a Hero?

What a thrilling surprise on New Years Eve to discover myself among the ‘Heroes of 2015’ according to Peninsula Living magazine! The article honours inspiring people in the community by sharing their stories, which for me was all about the money I’ve been raising with my Northern Beaches Writers’ Group for The Kids’ Cancer Project,… Continue reading →

2015 – The Year of Appreciating Different Perspectives

Festive Greetings, everyone! And goodbye 2015 – though some might say ‘good riddance’, including me! 2015 has been a year of great loss for me in many different ways. Of course because life is a gift I try not to dwell on what’s gone (not for long anyway), and instead focus on what I have… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 24 December 2015
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Reading Stories – A Judge’s Insight

Last year I was a judge for the Australian Horror Writers’ Association’s short story competition, and I wrote about that experience here, setting out how I’d gone about marking the stories. This year I was asked to judge another competition, this time the Ghostly Stringybark short story competition. It was a completely different experience! So… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 3 December 2015
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Read Things Aloud! DANGER: Misunderstandings Imminent!

Okay, so this goes out to everyone – readers, writers, non-readers, non-writers, everyone (including myself)… read things aloud! After my appearance on the radio the other day, my two children (who have also just won writing awards!) were thrilled to be asked to read their most recent stories aloud for broadcast on the ‘Northern Beaches… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 26 November 2015
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Words in Print & Partners in Words (including tips for writers!)

Words in Print First up, find me on p13 of The Manly Daily today! Or in the image below, he he… Woo hoo – I love being in print! This article is all about the teen fiction books I write collaboratively with a bunch of awesome authors to raise money for The Kids’ Cancer Project…. Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 18 November 2015
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