Auckland's Waterfront Writing Centre - Our Tutors and Presenters

The Creative Hub was founded in 2010, to provide a place where people could learn writing skills, and have fun. Check our drop menu of courses above, which includes creative writing, online creative writing, business writing, fiction, memoir writing courses all taught in a beautiful waterfront location at the Maritime Museum on Princes Wharf. Our ONLINE Introduction to Creative Writing course can be begun at any time. Our tutors and workshop leaders are some of New Zealand's most successful writers, with a wide range of prizes and awards between them, and a rich variety of published works to their name. 

 

John Cranna

The Creative Hub was founded by John Cranna, a former Chair of the Auckland Society of Authors. John has published two books of fiction, Visitors and Arena, one of non-fiction and has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and the NZ Book Award for Fiction. He grew up in NZ but lived for ten years in London where he worked as a communicator and editor. His books have been published in Australia, UK and France. His screenplay for the short film Accidents was shown at the Venice Film Festival and other festivals around the world. From 2000 to 2005 he was first National Communications Manager of the NZ Automobile Association, then managing editor of AA Directions, which rose from fifth to most-read magazine in NZ. He has worked as marketing communications manager for Hesketh Henry corporate lawyers, and was Editor of the Legal Resource Manual, NZ's plain English guide to welfare law. He founded the AUT University Centre for Modern Writing in 2007, where he designed the Masters level writing course, and was voted Best Post-Graduate Teacher by students at the University in 2008. Read his blog 'Side Thoughts' at www.creativehubber.blogspot.com

 

Tom Romeo

Tom Romeo is a writer, editor, and business communications consultant specialising in corporate communications, branding, marketing, Web strategies and business writing. He has 20 years' experience working for a broad range of organisations in New Zealand and the United States, including IBM, Computer Associates, Qantas, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, ProCare Health, TUANZ, Manukau City Council and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Tom previously worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, and holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in the US. He has written articles on business, sport and travel for more than 50 publications worldwide, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Australian, NZ Herald, NZ Geographic and NZ Listener. He is a past winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year award and a contributor to the NZ travel anthology, Home & Away. www.tomromeocommunications.com

 

  Tom Romeo is a writer, editor, and business communications consultant specialising in corporate communications, branding, marketing, Web strategies and business writing.

 

 

Paula Morris

Paula Morris is of pakeha and Ngāti Wai ancestry, was born in Auckland, went to Auckland University and is the author of four novels, and the editor of The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009). Her first novel, Queen of Beauty, won the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing. Her short story collection Forbidden Cities (Penguin, 2008) was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Paula has worked in London for the BBC and in New York as a publicist for several record companies. A graduate of Bill Manhire’s Victoria University Creative Writing Course and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches creative writing at Tulane University, New Orleans. She was a guest at the 2010 Auckland Writers and Readers Week. www.paula-morris.com 

 

Roger Hall

Roger is New Zealand's most successful playwright. His best-known play in New Zealand is probably Glide Time (1976). It gave rise to the popular 1980s television series Gliding On and a sequel play, Market Forces (1995), set in the "restructured" public service environment of the post-Rogernomics era. Roger's best-known works internationally are Middle Age Spread (1978), which had a run in the West End and was also filmed in 1979, and Conjugal Rites (1991), which was made into a situation comedy series in the UK. Roger’s more recent work includes The Book Club (1999), and Take a Chance on Me (2001). A Way of Life (2001) was a new departure, a drama about three generations of a farming family in NZ. Roger has also published an autobiography, Bums on Seats (1998). www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Hall

 

 

 

Janice Marriott

Janice Marriott is one of the most experienced deliverers of children’s writing courses in the country. She has tutored creative writing and poetry, and is a member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors, through which she regularly assesses manuscripts for publication. She has judged national short story competitions, and given workshops in creative writing throughout the country. In 2011 she judged the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Competition, and delivered workshops at Katherine Mansfield House in Wellington, in Taumarunui and Taranaki. She regularly visits schools as part of the New Zealand Book Council Writers-in-School scheme and participates in Storylines Festivals. Winner of the Aim Book of the Year Award, the NZ Post Award for Junior Fiction, and the Esther Glen Medal.  www.janicemarriott.com

 

Sarah Laing

Sarah Laing is a fiction writer and graphic designer. She was born in the USA and has lived in New York and Germany before coming to NZ at the age of 17. Her first collection of short stories, Coming up Roses (2007), was released after she won the 2006 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Sarah was Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers' Centre in 2008, and is one of the 2010 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellows. She published her first novel, Dead People’s Music (Vintage), in 2009, and her next novel, The Fall of Light, was published in winter, 2013. She lives in Auckland. Sarah writes, “I come from a visual background and spend quite a lot of time describing the concrete world. I started off thinking I was going to be a poet so I pay a lot of attention to words. I also love pretending to be an analyst, trying to figure out motivations for people’s peculiar behavior.” www.poppyshock.com

 

 

 

 

Tessa Duder

Tessa Duder is one of New Zealand's most recognised writers. Her Alex novels won her three New Zealand Children's Book of the Year awards and three Esther Glen medals, and are published in America, Britain, Australia and Canada. Alex is published in five languages, with Jellybean and Alex in Winter in two. Since winning her first grant in 1985, the Choysa Bursary for Children's Writers, Tessa has been awarded several Creative New Zealand (Arts Council) grants, including a Special Writing Bursary in 1989, the first Writer-in-Residence Fellowship at the University of Waikato in 1991 and the Literary Exchange Fellowship to Australia in 1993. Under the NZ Book Council's Writers-in-Schools scheme, she has visited hundreds of classrooms all over the country since 1987, and has spoken at many professional seminars of teachers, librarians and parents, including international conferences in Stockholm, Florida, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington. Her website  www.tessaduder.com gives a comprehensive overview of her publications, along with a short biography and texts of speeches given at various children’s literature conferences.

 

Yvonne van Dongen

Yvonne van Dongen is one of New Zealand's most respected travel writers and editors. For a number of years she was Travel Editor of the New Zealand Herald, and subsequently, Travel Editor of onHoliday Magazine. She writes regularly for NZ Life & Leisure, The Australian, AA Directions, Conde Nast Traveller, and North and South Magazine among others. She has won a number of awards for her travel writing, including Best Tourism and Travel column in the Qantas Media Awards, Lifestyle Journalist of the Year, two Commonwealth Media Awards (including to study at Cambridge University in the UK), and Cathay Pacific Media Writer of the Year. Yvonne has also published two books, and had successes in playwrighting, screenwriting and short story writing. She has taught travel writing at a variety of venues, including at the University of Auckland.

  Yvonne van Dongen

 

 

Judith White

Judith has won a number of awards for her short fiction, including the 1989 BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. She has twice won the Auckland Star short story competition, in 1987 and 1990. In 1996, White was the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. Her first collection of short fiction, Visiting Ghosts (1991), was shortlisted for the fiction section of what is now known as the Montana New Zealand Books Awards. Her novel Across the Dreaming Night (1999) was shortlisted for the fiction section of the 2000 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.  In the Sunday Star Times Iain Sharpe writes: 'White is second to none when it comes to depicting states of anxiety, both comic and poignant. And the brilliance with which she enters into her characters' aberrant states of mind, signals a major talent.' Judith's latest novel, The Elusive Language of Ducks, was published in winter, 2013.

 

 Graham Reid

Graham is one of New Zealand's most respected journalists and authors. He writes travel, arts, music and political journalism, and has taught journalism and feature writing at AUT University. He currently lectures part-time in music at Auckland University and is a regular commentator on public radio. He was a senior journalist at the New Zealand Herald for 17 years, where he became synonymous with lively and wide-ranging articles on music, travel, politics and books.  Since then, as a freelancer, his writing has appeared in the Herald, the Listener, Art News, Idealog, Life and Leisure, Weekend magazine, the Herald on Sunday, Real Groove and elsewhere. His first book, Postcards From Elsewhere, won the 2006 Whitcoulls' Travel Book of the Year award; his second, The Idiot Boy Who Flew, won the Whitcoulls' Readers' Choice Award in 2010. Graham hosts his own music/arts/travel website at  www.elsewhere.co.nz

 

 

 

Geoff Walker

Geoff is one of New Zealand’s most experienced publishers. He recently stepped down as publishing director of Penguin New Zealand, where he was responsible for building Penguin’s local publishing list. He is highly regarded in the New Zealand publishing industry and has published many of New Zealand’s leading writers, including Michael King, Maurice Gee, Lloyd Jones, Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace and Anne Salmond. Books by these authors have won many awards. Before joining Penguin, Geoff was associate publisher at Reed Publishers. He is also a former newspaper, radio and television journalist. Geoff knows the publishing industry inside out. He has steered literally hundreds of books through the publishing process, and is passionate about language, books and writing. Geoff is now developing a reputation as an expert in the blosssoming area of niche / self / electronic publishing.