Her short stories (general fiction, romance, science-fiction) have appeared in various magazines and newspapers (eg.
Woman’s Day, The West Australian) and her novel ‘Only Myself’ was published by Harper Collins.
Janet studied English & Communication (BA), Librarianship (Dip Lib) and Writing (MA) at university, as well as script - writing at the AFTRS, and spent many years working in library management, public relations and corporate communications (including speech - writing) before turning to fiction and teaching.
Janet runs her courses, seminars and workshops independently as well as through libraries and community centres and as an occasional guest presenter at universities.
This course is aimed at stimulating your creativity and imagination, finding answers to your questions as a writer, including your authentic voice, structuring narrative and crafting a plot.
This creative writing course will challenge you by asking why, what and who are you writing for as well as how to enhance your writing skills.She divides her time between Sydney and the Blue Mountains where she currently lives and where the play and novel she is writing are set.Zena has been inspiring writers and teaching them about their craft since 1991, when she started a weekly writers’ group for creative teenagers.Below is a range of current classes, but Zena can also design workshops specifically for you, based on your needs and budget: Author Talk or Luncheon – 1-2 hr talk Starting From Scratch: Story Creation – 3 hr workshop Introduction to Creative Writing – 3 hr seminar Creative Writing Essential Skills – 5-6 hr workshop Exquisite Storytelling: Advanced Techniques – 3 hr workshop Make Talk Matter: Dialogue Masterclass – 2-3 hr workshop Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy – 1 x 6.5 hr or 2 x 3 hr workshops Vividness & Voice – 2 hr workshop Stories Are About Change – 2 hr workshop The Year Your Book Gets Written – 11 x 2 hr workshops 1/5/10 hrs mentoring Write Your Life Story – 1 x 6.5 hr or 2 x 3 hr workshops Turning Life Into Fiction – 1 x 6 hr or 2 x 3 hr workshops How to Self-Publish a Book – 3-4 hr seminar Author Promotion & Marketing – 1 hr seminar Social Media for Writers – 3 hr seminar Blogging for Connection – 3 hr seminar Zena can teach all of the above classes to young writers.Those studying film or scriptwriting often enjoy the dialogue masterclass, and those studying or about to study dystopian literature enjoy the writing science fiction & fantasy workshop.The idea behind it sounds intriguing and I am sure that the product when told in Zena’s lucid writing style will be outstanding.” Graham Wilson, author. I may not pursue it but I was so excited after doing the exercise on your course that I thought about it all the way home, then during the night and just had to write it.This is a compliment to you that you stirred up such excitement in me that I gave up other things to write.Years since I’ve done that.” Shirley La Planche, author. I absolutely loved it and it was exactly what I was looking for.Even though I’ve been a journalist all my working life…Zena can teach them for a few hours or a full day, in schools, libraries, writing groups and other venues, or she can host small groups herself.In addition, the following classes are specifically designed to develop the skills and creativity of young writers: Problems In Wonderland: Stories That Matter – a choice of 1.5-3 hr workshops for Stage 1 & 2 Writers (Years 1 to 4) Upper Primary Focus – a choice of 1.5-3 hr workshop For Stage 3 Writers (Years 5 to 6) High School Focus – a choice of 3-4 hr workshops for writers aged 12-18 (Years 7-12) Write Your Own Book – 1 day class for young writers Writing Technique Development Day – 1 day class for young writers “Last Friday I had the great pleasure of listening to Zena speak at the NSW Writers’ Centre.