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After floundering for months in a pool of notes and scribblings, I was able to write twelve chapters of my novel, plus scenes for other chapters in six months thanks to the support and guidance of my tutor Tina.
I had been out of country for 7+ years. I came out of the Middle East where you had to plan each and every day in order to not go 'bananas'! I returned to NZ, thinking that everything would be as it was, and that normal life would come to me, and I would not have to go in search of it! I was wrong. This course helped me tremendously with 'getting back into life'! It has helped me 'turn the grey matter' back on. It has helped 'download' lots of my stories and experiences as I have so many, many! I have only started! In some ways, the poetry writing has been therapeutic. However, now I see it as much more than this. I feel empowered to write. There is a desire, mostly because I am curious as to what the next poem might be. So my mantra is - What's next, Martha? What did I like about the course? Janice! She just let me go off and wing it, experimenting with all sorts of whatever was in my head. She would call it as she saw it or felt it, and I so appreciate her objectiveness, yet her feedback always let me know that she understood the topic, the 'logistics', the background story, the emotion (or whatever, I was trying to do...). She is a very 'astute all-rounder'!
The course has helped in providing me with a new pair of eyes under which I review my writing, previously whatever I committed to paper remained as such with no alterations. Now I think a little bit more about the intent, the audience, the words. My tutor was awesome, cannot recommend her any higher. She came back promptly after each assignment and her comments were very insightful. She guided with a light but very knowledgeable hand. A total pleasure to work with Tina.
The structure of the tutorials has been excellent and I still regularly refer to tutorial content as I work. The staff and tutors have been accessible and supportive. The Student Forum is a superb platform for knowledge, discussion and camaraderie among students and tutors. The NZIBS newsletters are always welcome in my Inbox for their informative, inspirational content. Hats off to my tutor Tina Shaw for her encouragement and excellent constructive criticism that has taught me so much. Kathy Swailes, an NZIBS student/graduate was generous with her knowledge as she proofread my copy. Being able to tap into the skills of other students helps us all. I remember feeling a little sad when I saw the word ‘End’ written on the final page of Tutorial 5B. I like to think of it as ‘Just the Beginning’. Thank you for all of it.
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I thoroughly loved mine and when I was struggling to work through a previous course, young Brian Morris recognised my struggles and actually suggested I change it to something that would really be up my alley. This interjection from him made all the difference from me possibly failing the previous course, to passing the right one for me ... with merit! Yay!
I graduated from the poetry writing course a little while ago. As life goes on, I realise so many things I learned through the course are guiding my writing. I am braver with words because of it. I have written forever, and now am learning to write my way through life's challenges and now wanting to do something with what I write. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. My life is in transition and creativity is a major part of where I will go from here. I am thinking strongly of the editing and proofreading course, the perfectionist in me may find that very fulfilling.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three courses that I have enrolled in. They have challenged me in the best possible way, and I have learnt wonderful skills which I use every day.
I really appreciate the willingness of the NZIBS staff and community to help with queries and provide support. I am very proud to be a part of this community. I have no doubt that I will be back for more!
Thank you again for the book and for your support in general.
The story I handed in for my last assignment received an honourable mention in the competition that I sent it to. It's the first time I've ever been placed, so thank you for all your help throughout the year.
Just to let you know that your parcel with my Diploma has arrived today. Thank you for all the extras included too. Even though I knew the parcel was coming, it still felt very special and like Christmas as I unwrapped such a gift box. Thank you for making it possible for me to do this course and for all your encouragement and behind the scenes support. I am very grateful.
Dear NZIBS Team, I had never done a correspondence course before and your advice and care were impressive. Please pass my thanks to Tina. Her help made all the difference.
This course has helped me immensely - the overwhelming sense of achievement, the personal growth I experienced. Letter writing now flows very fast and fluently and is an enjoyable exercise. Even emails are a better standard. My tutor was helpful and understanding. She gave me clear advice and examples to solve my problems which were mainly to do with grammar and punctuation. She was positive and always encouraging. I have more than achieved my original objective of gaining a better understanding of written English.
I have learnt how to use punctuation and grammar, yet still retain my own style of writing. I had to find a style of writing that described to readers what I was seeing and feeling in the spirit world which I travelled. My tutor related very well to all my objectives and writing problems that I had. She was very helpful. For me, the course had everything that was needed.
I've finished the Mystery Course which I thoroughly enjoyed and I learnt so much.
Just to say thank you for linking me with Tina as my tutor. I am very impressed with Tina, she is very constructive in her feedback. The course is very well structured and I am getting an enormous amount of pleasure and learning from the experience.
Thank you so much for a great experience with the NZIBS. Tina was an excellent tutor and I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
I had been looking for something to do when my time at University of Canterbury comes to an end and had considered a proofreading course as something that I could do from home and in my own time. A friend was doing the NZIBS Proofreading course and while looking at the different courses available on that website, the short fiction writing one seemed a more appropriate choice for me at this time. Like a lot of people, I thought I had a story in me, and short story writing seemed a good place to start. Surely that couldn’t be too difficult. Then the learning curve started. When I sent off my draft of the first story, I had hoped to get a big tick for it, but that didn’t eventuate. I’ve developed a thicker skin and appreciated the constructive criticism from Tina Shaw. All her comments were right and changing the text in line with her directions meant that the finished story was much better than my first effort. I’ve enjoyed putting words on the page and I’m proud of my first effort, New Friends, that has just been published on Amazon.
I’ve written my first novel “Cold Blooded” and it’s on Smashwords and Amazon. Now I’m working on my second thriller. Thank you Joan Rosier-Jones, I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.
I do a lot more writing now. I write website and newsletter material for one client. I write (sales) emails for another client. I’m also writing a rock-climbing guide.
I began this course ‘Writing stories for Children’ with the intention of writing for my own pleasure. Writing is one of my passions. However, I never expected it to open a whole new world of possibilities for me. My objective now that I have graduated is to combine pleasure and business. I believe my writing has become a powerful tool which can transform people’s lives.
I want to tell you I enjoyed this course immensely. It took me 14 months because I have a hectic family life. It has given me an insight into a new career I knew very little about. To be able to earn a living from something I love to do – read – while I continue to indulge in an equal love – writing stories for children – is fantastic. While progressing through this course my confidence in myself and my abilities has increased. I have a PLAN to work towards and the tools to do it. Thank you.
When I started the Creative Writing course I had the idea for a book – a crime/thriller – but felt I definitely needed some guidance with regard to writing and everything that goes with it. My tutor Tina Shaw was amazing, her critique of my writing was always helpful and I came away from each tutorial with a little more knowledge of the craft. Tina assessed part of my novel, and in doing so gently pushed me in the right direction, or put me back on track if I’d wandered off!
This course has been an excellent introduction to creative writing for me, on the back of my continuing career as a freelance journalist. I came into this course assuming nothing, eager to learn everything and to be challenged with an entirely new form of writing.
What is not to praise about this course? The structure of the tutorials has been excellent and I still regularly refer to tutorial content as I work. The staff and tutors have been accessible and supportive. Hats off to my tutor Tina Shaw for her encouragement and excellent constructive criticism that has taught me so much. The Student Forum is a superb platform for knowledge, discussion and camaraderie among students and tutors. The NZIBS newsletters are always welcome in my Inbox for their informative, inspirational content. I remember feeling a little sad when I saw the word ‘End’ written on the final page of the last tutorial. I like to think of it as ‘Just the Beginning’. Thank you for all of it.
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