Joan Curry


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.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in so many different places that I can truly say that I'm a product of many cultures. Born in Japan, I learned Japanese and English together - bi-lingual from the time I could talk. By the time I was twelve I had lived in Japan, Australia, South Africa, Iran and England. I had been to so many schools, on and off, that I can't remember any of them. I was saved from illiteracy and ignorance by being parked in an English boarding school to get finished off.
When did you first start writing?
Probably when I first discovered that squiggly lines on the page could make sense, and that words could tell stories. But properly...? When I was a youngish mother with small children I wrote my first story - a jolly murder mystery - and it was published in a newspaper. Long, long gap after that, until I started writing as a freelance - newspapers and magazines, and quite a lot of non-fiction - steady work which continues to this day.
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Where to find Joan Curry online


From Quill to Keyboard
Price: Free! Words: 7,700. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Essay » Literature
These eight essays cover some of the strategies writers use for getting started, how to balance professional and practical concerns, and the value of creative writing courses. They are published here as an adjunct to the how-to manual called "Writing, a practical guide" which is available as an ebook.
An Apple for the Teacher
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,030. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Nine short stories about people who find themselves in situations that nudge them into facing facts, taking risks, taking action or taking umbrage, and one fable. The settings include beaches, suburbia, small towns, a party, a school, a committee room and a hearth, where wise advice falls on deaf ears - as it usually does.
Writing, a practical guide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,380. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals
A manual to help writers write short stories, novels and non-fiction of all kinds.

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