Brian MillerPhotography
Dick WardProofreading & Book Editing
Janice MarriottChildren’s Writing / Poetry Writing
Jean DrewRomance Writing
Jill MalcolmFreelance Travelwriting & Photography, Freelance Journalism & Non-Fiction Writing
Joan Rosier-JonesFreelance Journalism & Non-Fiction Writing, Novel Writing
Katrien Brown – Proofreading & Book Editing
Phil LinklaterLife Coaching
Robert van VoortPhotography
Tina ShawCreative Writing / Romance Writing / Mystery Writing / Short Story Writing
Val Gyde – Proofreading & Book Editing
NZIBS Tutor: Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Our other photography tutor Brian, graduated BSc at Otago University. Most of his working life has been spent in education, media, teaching, lecturing, writing, photography, publishing and selling books.

During his years in Papua New Guinea he built up an extensive photographic collection, resulting in the highly acclaimed pictorial book ‘The Highlands of Papua New Guinea’.

Brian ran ‘Tapui Children’s Books’ for over 20 years, selling books to schools and libraries throughout the South Island. He sold his bookshop and now he concentrates on writing and publishing.

After converting to Digital Photography in 2005, Brian found so many people struggling with the conversion to digital that he wrote the pocket book ‘Digital Cameras the easy way’. This book sold over 8000 in the first year and has now helped people all over New Zealand and Australia understand their digital cameras. This successful book forms the core of his Digital Photography course.

Brian lives in Dunedin alongside the Otago Harbour. With his wife, Diane, he has written a history of the Otago peninsula titled ‘Macandrew Bay’. He loves the outdoors, particularly Central Otago and the Southern Alps.

Dick Ward, your proofreading and editing tutor arrived from the UK in 1989 with his wife and family, looking for fresh challenges in a new land. In Britain he taught English, Social Studies and Economics to apprentices and adults studying for university. He also headed a team of specialist social workers.

In New Zealand Dick held a teaching and research post at Manawatu Polytechnic (UCOL) and ran creative writing courses. After winning a creative writing competition, he started writing a humorous newspaper column, which ran weekly for ten years. Meanwhile, he became sole journalist and sub-editor on a weekly Wanganui newspaper. Thence to editor of another community paper, Ruapehu Press. Hands-on writing and editing is his strength. Training new people is his passion.

Now Dick does assorted freelance writing work, is associate-editor of an events industry magazine, proofreader and sub-editor of an on-line tourist trade magazine. He is a lifestyle block farmer with 11 acres for sheep, dairy goats, poultry, and a friendly donkey. He is helped by his wife Wendy.

Janice Marriott is our course creator and tutor for both the Writing Stories for Children and the Poetry courses. She has published in a wide range of genres for children and adults, and won prizes for her poetry.

Her acclaimed book ‘Thor’s Tale’ won the NZ Post Junior Children’s Best Book Award for 2007. In 1996 her children’s novel ‘CROSSROADS’ won the Aim Children’s Best Book of the Year Award.

Besides writing stories and regular columns for magazines, plays for radio, and documentaries, Janice has written scores of informative and educational stories for children of all ages. Her website is www.janicemarriott.com

NZIBS Tutor: Jean Drew

Jean Drew

We are fortunate to have had Jean develop our Romance Writing Course. Jean founded the New Zealand Romance Writers Society, so she is absolutely the best person to teach others how to write romance stories. Her own romance books sell worldwide under various nom-de-plume names.

Jean will show novice romance writers how to recognise the characteristics which make the ideal hero and heroine; they are never perfect individuals. Each has some personal quirk or fault to overcome as they go seeking their love mate.

Jill has been editor of six magazines covering architecture, travel and lifestyle. These include Aorangi, AA Traveller, Third Age, Home & Building, Motorhomes, Caravans & Destinations, and the Air New Zealand inflight magazine – of which she was editor for 11 years. She has also been freelance contributor for many New Zealand and overseas publications, and written four travel books. Her book ‘At Home On The Road’ won the inaugural Whitcoulls Travel Book of the Year award.

Jill was joint founder and a past president of the New Zealand Travel Writers Association. She has travelled widely in New Zealand, Australia, South America, Europe, Great Britain, North America Africa, India, China and Indo-China. Jill tutored in travel writing and creative writing at University of Auckland Continuing Education for many years.

She is a popular guest lecturer at tertiary venues around New Zealand and she now tutors NZIBS students in Freelance Journalism and Travel Writing & Photography. Many students who have attended Jill Malcolm’s training courses have gone on to enjoy their own successes in publishing.

Joan is a professional writer, teacher, lecturer and mentor to new writers. Joan has been a travel agent and extensive world traveller. Joan has been our tutor since 1996.

Her skills cover creative writing, journalism, family history and play scripts. During 1999-2001 Joan was President of NZ Society of Authors. This required her to travel widely and represent NZSA authors in dealing with publishers etc.

Joan’s own work includes these novels: Cast Two Shadows, Voyagers, Canterbury Tales, Mother Tongue and her latest novel, Yes; a play: The Stars Go Down; instructional guides for writers: Writing Your Family History and So You Want To Write. You’ll find Joan very patient and helpful.

Katrien was born and raised in Gent, Belgium. At the age of 23, she moved to South Africa where her passion for books and education led to a career in university and special libraries (medical and law). During that time, she completed a BA in Library Science at the University of South Africa. She later continued her academic library work in Northern Ireland, South Korea and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and is now based in Auckland on the North Shore.

During her career, numerous supervisors relied on her proofreading and copy editing interest and skills, but it took her nearly 30 years to make a career change and become a professional proofreader and editor. After completing diploma and degree level qualifications in Editing, she founded her own business.

Katrien thoroughly enjoys the variety and challenges freelance editing offers, and is humbled by the opportunity to give something back to the NZIBS community as a tutor. She hopes that her experience will inspire her students to work confidently and passionately towards achieving their goals.

Finally, despite her busy schedule, Katrien makes time to listen to classical music, walk or spend time with her three lovely sons. She is a self-confessed coffee snob but also loves to catch up with friends over a good wine and a delicious meal.

NZIBS Tutor: Phil Linklater

Phil Linklater

Phil Linklater, your Life Coach Tutor has managed sales teams, was a sales and management staff trainer and is experienced in marketing, packaging, commercial property, horticulture import/export, and small business development. He was the consultant called in to implement creative and innovative management solutions when clients had problems. His business communication background includes trade negotiations with businesses in Asia and Europe.

Phil is a qualified Life Coach, master practitioner of NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming), and is a Reiki Master. Phil works closely with individuals, small-medium business owners and is a consultant to large companies.

NZIBS Tutor: Robert van de Voort

Robert van de Voort

Photography tutor Robert is the owner of Albany Studios and an established commercial photographer since 1981. Robert trained photography in Holland and travelled extensively through Europe before migrating to New Zealand in 1973. One of the reasons for coming to New Zealand was the fact that there was no pollution, no political turmoil and a relaxed calm lifestyle.

In 1976 Robert gained his New Zealand commercial qualifications and portrait qualifications from the NZIPP. Much of his commercial work was used in the 80s and mid 90s to illustrate books, including cookbooks, travel books and photography books. The book The New Zealand House written by Sir Michael Fowler and photographed by Robert won a publishing award in 1984. He continued writing for Photography International as a feature writer creating technical articles. The Photographer’s Mail was another monthly publication for which Robert contributed his monthly articles.

In 1982 Robert collaborated as a photography tutor at the NZIBS and a guest lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Unitec. After 20 years he has stopped lecturing at AUT and Unitec, concentrating on his studio work, commercial product shots, model shots and many other various interesting projects for designers and agencies.

At present his assignments are varied, since the advent of digital photography studio has made many changes to accommodate the demand for advertising photography on the Internet. Painting with light is one of his interests, he bought specialist equipment to pursue this exciting aspect of photography. Concentrating on studio photography only, creating the light that exists outdoors inside in all its many variations is a continual challenge. He loves it. He actually loves photography, he stated once he has never worked in his life, photography is not working but living the dream.

Computers, software, digital cameras, photographic lighting and his studio are his passion. With his extensive knowledge of photography and practical experience as a photographer dealing with advertising clients for so many years he will happily share his knowledge and experiences with you.

Her most recent literary novel for adults is The Children’s Pond (Pointer Press). Her short stories have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines. In 2013 she edited the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook.

She is a winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, has held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato in 2005. She has also written junior and young adult fiction, including Into the Hinterland, and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland as well as books for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ and ‘Mainsails’ series. Her young adult novel About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010.

Tina has many years experience as a manuscript assessor. She is a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors. Her website is www.tinashaw.co.nz

With an early professional background as a secondary educator, Val Gyde has over twenty years’ experience as a senior manager in both private and public tertiary education institutions.

These roles provided her with extensive insights into, and capabilities with, the production, editing and publication of commercial education resources in a range of written and electronic formats; completion of research, preparation of curriculum documents, NZQA submissions and applications; and copywriting for a broad range of business documentation, including proposals, annual reports, prospectuses and newsletters.

As a strong advocate of lifelong learning, she holds a Master’s degree (first class honours) and a professional editing qualification (with excellence). Her areas of particular professional interest are Education (Teaching and Learning Theory, Curriculum Design, Educational Psychology, E-Learning); Business (Organisation and Management, Human Resources, Educational Management and Administration); the Arts (Visual, Music and Performance, Art History); and Design (Graphic, Digital Technologies).

Located in sunny Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Val is now a Director of her own company, providing proofreading and copyediting services to a range of businesses.