Joan Curry is a New Zealander. She has worked in bookshops and book trade organisations, and has been writing for nearly forty years. She has written mostly non-fiction (feature articles, essays and opinion pieces, book reviews, notes for book discussion groups) and some short fiction and poetry. She has researched and written two volumes of family history and an autobiography. The manual “Writing - a practical Guide” is based on teaching notes developed over two decades teaching creative writing to adult students.