Assistance Dog in Classes

Labrador dog looking over her shoulder at the cameraI have an assistance dog, Bindi, who helps me with some of the symptoms I have due to living with Lupus. She will attend all classes with me, but is very well trained and certified by Assistance Dogs New Zealand, so will not cause any disruption to classes.

Please keep this in mind when enrolling for classes if your child has an allergy to dogs. If your child is afraid of dogs, and you would like to meet me and Bindi before the class to reassure them, please feel free to contact me to arrange this.

You can learn more about Assistance Dogs New Zealand on the ADNZ website, or if you would like to support them, you can donate through my givealittle page or $1 from the sale of every copy of my book Aunt Kelly’s Dog goes to ADNZ.

Best wishes,

Invite to the Underwater Book Launch

Along with being a creative writing teacher, I’m also a children’s author. Today I’d like to invite you to join me at the launch of my second young adult novel, Underwater. The launch will be held at The Children’s Bookshop, 6pm on Thursday 3rd May.

Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

Flyer for Book Launch


Hope to see you there!


April School Holiday Writing Ideas 2

Today with have another guest author, Adelina Gotera, joining us to share a creative writing prompt. Adelina suggests gathering some “Loose parts” from around the house.

Loose Parts, a good prompt for creative writing

Photo of a bowl of marbles and stonesLoose parts are mobile materials which can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They can be natural things, such as leaves, sticks, stones or plants, or man-made such as clothes pegs, marbles, bits of fabric or buttons. Continue reading

School Holiday Writing Ideas

I hope you’re all enjoying the first day of the school holidays. If you’re looking for activities to do over the next two weeks, why not try some writing? To get you started, we have a special treat today. American author, Claire Youmans, is joining us and has a great list of creative writing prompts to help you come up with some new story ideas.


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