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Justine Payen

Justine Payen


I first came to the writing game in 2010, when I started NorthTec’s Applied Writing Diploma Level 5. This was followed by Levels 6 & 7. In 2012 my first picture book, Tea With Miss Tilly, was published by HarperCollins NZ Ltd. The manuscript for this picture book was completed on one of the Level 5 papers. Since then I have had a children’s reader, All Dressed Up, published by Wendy Pye Publishing Ltd (2017), and have self-published an eBook on KDP of my partner’s and my poetry titled Forming a Picture of You. I have also published a few short fiction and nonfiction stories targeting both adult and children on my blog The Long and the Blog of It, by Justine. In my spare time I continue to write mainly children’s picture books and young adult fantasy fiction, of which I am a huge fan.

In 2015 I started part-time a BA majoring in Creative Writing through Massey University, and hope to have my degree by the start of semester one 2022.

I am passionate about the craft of writing, and hope to engage and encourage students to find their own writing passion.

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