About

Tutor 2019

Katharine Derrick has been writing for over twenty years and is currently focussing on short-fiction for adults and children. She teaches writing and is a key organiser for the NorthWrite workshop series.

Students Semester 2 2019

Marino-Moana Begman is a short story writer living in Northland, New Zealand. Her short story, Botched, is published in Huia Short Stories 13, (Huia, 2019). Botched was also selected as the short story of the week in November 2019 in the reading room of newsroom.co.nz. Her play Jump, written for tweens, is published on US teacher resource website, DramaNotebook. Marino loves reading, writing and travelling but most of all enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She often pines after the bright lights of a big city, but for now, she writes from her home, on a remote, coastal peninsula in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Kate Clark has been shortlisted for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award for an original picture book text. Recently her memoir article Glen Mist and Christmas Cake featured in the Waimakariri Libraries Memoir Writing celebrations. When not working on building sites, Kate can be found at her oceanside home chatting to her cat while writing about anything that fascinates her. She has a Diploma in Art (English) from Massey University. Her first book, Rhythm, a syncopation of three short stories, is available in ebook soon.

Students Semester 1 2019

Carol Tate writes New Zealand Romantic Suspense. She has completed a Level 6 Diploma in Applied Writing through NorthTec, New Zealand. Her first release Heartbeat is a prequel to her three planned Kiwi Falls trilogies. The first trilogy starts with – Take Down, which is being professionally edited, while Flight and Fight, is on the last draft before editing and Stolen by Night, is in its first draft. Carol aims to release Take Down late 2019 and the second two not long after.  Carol lives in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, in a house ruled by her four cats along with her three children and a faithful miniature fox terrier. When she is not writing, she can be found reading and growing her library, chauffeuring children to St John and Scout activities, spending time with family exploring her country, and volunteering. A rare disease sufferer, she is inspired by everyone who gets up even when the going gets tough.
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Emma Masson-Oakden lives in Whanganui with her wife and three of their four children, and their three crazy cats – Athena, Zeus, and Persephone aka Itty Bitty. She loves cooking for her family and has a keen interest in Greek Mythology, she also confesses to having a slight addiction to true crime documentaries on Netflix. She completed a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University in 2015 and is currently studying toward a Diploma in Creative Writing at Northland Polytechnic. Writing contemporary romance as E.J. Masden, Emma has self-published one novel called Undoing the Damage, and has a story in the Hot Summer Nights short story anthology. She will soon be publishing another novel, Spoiled for Choice, which is the first book in a three book series about rugby league players.

Growing up in suburban New Zealand, Natalia Shoemark soon learned to recognise the power of the written word.   She uses a mix of art, fiction and poetry as she finds her way in a world of love, heartache and joy.  Writing has become a way of life, and after achieving her Diploma in Applied Writing Level 5 Natalia is more determined than ever to dig deeper and write fiction that not only reflects this world but faces the harder subjects that we all know and face today. 

N Lockwood is a New Zealand writer and artist. Her passion for researching supernatural phenomenon, combined with her creativity, brings an authenticity to her writing. Having studied applied writing at various tertiary institutions in New Zealand, she is focused on seducing readers with her writing, and has started with a small collection of poetry published on Wattpad. When she is not in her writing sanctuary in the Central North Island or visualising her next idea, Lockwood can be found getting her hands dirty, creating sculptures, paintings and masks.

Magan Szentesi loves writing stories, she is fascinated with the unknown and likes making the impossible possible. With her incredible imagination she is able to transport readers into her made-up worlds. When Magan isn’t focusing on writing she enjoys watching horror movies and cooking.

Phoenix Szentesi, born and raised in New Zealand, is a writer with a love of crafting stories and poems. Being creative in her work is one of her many specialities, including drawing and paper quilling. She has studied Applied Writing, which has helped bring out the best in her skills. When she isn’t busy working on her projects you’ll find her hanging out with her large number of pets or sitting down in a cosy corner reading a book.

Students 2020

Giselle Simoes is just a big kid. She likes to play games with her friends, read books and comics, and watch silly TV shows with a bucket of popcorn on her lap.  But what she likes the most is to play with words and create universes anybody can visit. Want to join her? Buckle up and check out her debut post A Day in the Mind of Giselle Simoes, or I Should Be Writing.

Storm Thomasson is a 21-year-old NorthTec Creative Writing student, living in Whangarei, New Zealand. Her stories are sure to capture the minds of Young Adult readers seeking a twist of mystery. She can usually be found with a book in her hand and a story in her head.

Wellington-based author Gerard O’Brien has worked as a professional DJ, IT consultant, photography assistant, business owner and personal trainer. He’s now turned his enthusiasms to writing, and brings his sense of humour and varied life experiences to his short stories, poetry and blog posts.

Ayden Dugmore is a 34-year old father of one from Whangarei, New Zealand, and an Applied Writing student at NorthTec. He is a writer of fiction, with a leaning towards the fantasy and sci-fi genres. When not writing, he can be found watching (too many) movies, playing video games or making unnecessary trips to the fridge.

Nina de Beurs can usually be found writing or reading a juicy drama. When not doing that, Nina likes to bake, dance, binge-watch Netflix TV shows, and spend abundant time on her laptop or phone. She lives on Great Barrier Island with her dog, Taylor Swift.

M. A. Phoenix lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with two children and several precocious cats. Phoenix is usually found creating and participating in home-schooling activities, exploring different artistic outlets, and being photobombed by mischievous felines. Blameless is Phoenix’s debut story.

Students 2021


Syreeta Hewson is a full-time student and part-time decadent-yet-healthy dessert maker for a local cafe. A lifetime of interesting experiences and a deep appreciation of the natural world flavour her writing.


Krystal Sara
describes herself as a part-time student and a part-time mother. Born and bred in Wellington, this North Islander has turned South and can be found strolling through the many nature walks that her new home-town, Christchurch, has to offer. She is very fond of poetry and often attends the Catalyst Open Mic Night held at Space Academy. It is here that she tests her writing styles out, and gains an audience for her creative output.