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 →

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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Why Am I Even Doing This & Being Studied at Routledge

This week I’m over at Routledge, being studied in a paper about social semiotics. It’s a continuation of the mStories project, for which I wrote my flash fiction story The Voice (click here to read for free!). The paper is by Jessica K Frawley and Laurel E Dyson from the School of Software in the… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 17 November 2014
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Three Publishing Insights

Over the last few weeks I have experienced life as a publisher – and the journey has given me some interesting industry insights. Firstly, I’d best explain that I haven’t changed professions – I am now and will always be first and foremost a writer. My transition has been a temporary and small scale one,… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 13 November 2014
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How to Win Writing Competitions

Yay – I’ve won first place in eight national writing competitions here in Australia, ten if you count my co-authored work. How? Well, that’s a good question… Whether you’re a writer or not, there are some key tips I can give you about winning competitions – just replace the word ‘story’ below with the name… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 6 November 2014
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Sometimes, the Planets Do Align…

You know those weeks when you think to yourself: what on earth am I doing, wasting my life on this? It’s never going to get me where I want to go… Well so far this October, I haven’t felt that way once. Well okay, maybe once. But overall it’s been an excellent couple of weeks…. Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 15 October 2014
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