I’m a multi-award-winning author & editor, mentor, layout designer and book creator, short story judge, creative writing tutor, HSC English tutor, Service NSW Creative Kids Provider, and inclusive creativity advocate.

I love what I do! Every day I get to help writers achieve their goals – whether that’s polishing their writing through editing and manuscript assessments, developing their projects or careers through mentorship, or getting their work to readers with professional book layout designs (print & ebook), one-stop-shop publishing assistance, and promotional items, including designing authors’ online platforms, writing back cover blurbs, and synopses for submission to publishers.

I also teach creative writing, life story writing, publishing and author promotion – in workshops, or one-on-one, or via my suite of on-demand courses.

There are lots of testimonials and samples to view on my website!

“Zena has been a fantastic writing coach and editor and a general knowledge of everything useful. She is quick-thinking, imaginative, smart and very easy to work with. She has helped me to make my books come alive. Thank you, Zena, you have been wonderful! I highly recommend her to help you with writing or editing your book or any project you have.”

Please just get in contact and tell me what you need. It’s that simple! If you don’t know what you need, that’s fine too, we can work it out together.

  • Author of ‘Towards White‘ (IFWG 2017) and co-author of ‘Into Tordon‘ (MidnightSun 2016), among others, my writing reaches across age and genre into the heart of storytelling.
  • I’ve won over a dozen national writing competitions, including a Ditmar Award, the Australasian Horror Writers’ Association Prize, and the Glen Miles Short Story Prize.
  • My short stories have appeared in ‘Midnight Echo’, their Australian Shadows Award-winning ‘best of’ anthology, Hugo-nominated ‘Sci Phi 
Journal’, ‘Antipodean SF’, and Award-Winning Australian Writing (twice).

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