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Lisette de Jong is an award-winning writer of drama and comedy who tutors Short Scripts for stage and screen.
I am a writer, actor, director and producer.
I studied acting in Auckland and New York before branching out into writing stories, short plays and web series. I’ve studied screenwriting and completed TV pilot scripts and treatments for film and television. I’ve collaborated with writers of plays and web series, and joined teams for 48hr short films as an actor and writer. I also wrote film reviews for magazines from 2001 – 2006, and I am the editor of novelist Francesca Riley’s YA paranormal romance series Immersed.
Web series Creator, Writer, Director & Actor
2017: What are we going to do about Poppet? - Pilot -Official selection NZ Web Fest
2014: It's Mel! - Series -Editor’s Pick and 5 stars from webserieschannel.com (USA)
SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL, AUCKLAND
2017: One Day in ISIS – Writer & Director
Winner: Best Script, Best NZ Script, Best Director, Best Independent Theatre Company and People’s Choice Award
2016: We Mean You No Harm Yet – Writer & Actor
Winner: The Short + Sweet Festival Award
Finalist: People’s Choice Award
2015: My Sad Genie – Writer
Finalist: People’s Choice Award
2014: The Rock – Writer & Actor
2013: This Could be the Start – Writer & Actor
2001–2005: NZ INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVALS - Writer & performer of sketch and improv
2003: FASTERMIND - Improv-quiz show co-creator. Winner: Best Show Concept
ONE HUNDRED NEW ZEALAND SHORT SHORT STORIES 2000 & 2005
2000 Yes or No - included in anthology Vol. 4
2005 Gardening - included in anthology Home
“I have done a lot of writing online and for retail mags so was able to get straight into the applied writing course...
“When I was young I wanted to be a writer but then life happened and it becomes hard to make it a priority, so I...
In my last year of the course I was offered a place in Level 7 which requires students to complete a major project...
“Professional writing was the easy part for me when I enrolled in this course. My big challenge was attempting to break into fiction in my late sixties. Papers like Myths, Legends and Folk Tales, Short Story, and Novel opened up a whole range of possibilities for me and I revelled in the chance to write creatively.”
“The fact that the course was online was ideal for me because I’m a retiree, and there was the added bonus of several local tutors who I could meet with personally. They kept me motivated.”
“However, I wasn’t an easy student. Because my background is in education, and in curriculum and professional development writing in particular, I was critical of some of the content and structure of the course. The great thing was that the tutors embraced my input, so it was a real win-win situation.”
“In my last year of the course I was offered a place in Level 7 which requires students to complete a major project. It was a perfect opportunity for me to write my 82,000 word novel. It is the story of a young woman being sent to a remote community to teach, who finds that she herself gets an education. We had expert online tutor input plus we were matched with professional mentors and assessors relevant to our genre. I was delighted with the assessment and feel I’ve gone from being a professional writer to a writer of fiction.”
“I’m a lot more secure in my understanding of how to write fiction now, and my confidence in my own creativity has grown enormously as a result of this learning journey. I’m keen to carry on writing creatively, and my dream is to see my novel published.”