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Dr Zana Bell

Applied Writing Tutor

I am passionate about teaching and writing and employ an eclectic approach to both. I have taught in New Zealand and overseas in a variety of contexts and subjects: English, ESOL, Academic Skills, Business Communication, and Curriculum Development. My novels cover a range of genres and all have been internationally published. In non-fiction, I write for both academic and general audiences.
My research interests include:
History and fiction
Colonialism and postcolonialism: New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Australia
‘Women’s’ fiction
Remarkable women in history
Oral histories
PhD in Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology         
Masters: Second Language Teaching, Massey University
Diploma in Teaching, Auckland College of Education
Bachelor of Arts: English Major, University of Cape Town
Bell, Z (2014). Fools’ Gold. Choclit: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2013). Close to the Wind. Choclit: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2011).  A Risk Worth Taking. Harlequin Super: USA, Canada, Aus, NZ, France, Netherlands
Bell, Z (2010). Tempting the Negotiator. Harlequin, Super: USA, Canada, France, Australia, NZ
Bell, Z (2008). Forbidden Frontier. Mira, Australia: Australia and NZ
Bell, Z (1996). Tides of Time. Scholastic: New Zealand and Australia
Short Stories: (Selected)             
Bell, Z (2019). Unravelling in Horizons 4: New Zealand Society of Authors.                                               
Bell, Z. (2000) Stairway to Paradise. National Radio: January.
Bell, Z. (1999) Genesis to Revelation.  Takahe: September
Bell, Z. (1998) Class Act. National Radio: January & April
Bell, Z. (1996). The Pool. Landfall: November
Articles (Selected)
Bell, Z. (2016) Embossed in the Land: psychogeographical history of Whangarei Heads. Refereed conference papers of the 20th Annual Australasian Academic Writing Programmes Conference
Bell, Z (2016) Biding with ghosts: listening to silences: Settler women in Rhodesia: Refereed conference papers of the 20th Annual Australasian Academic Writing Programmes
Bell, Z. (2015) A Personal Take on the PhD in NZSA Author: June
Bell, Z. (2012) Time Travel in Ephesus in M2Woman (NZ, Australia): May
Bell, Z. (2012) History of NZ Cuisine in Financial Gazette (Zimbabwe):  May
Bell, Z. (2010) The Firebrand Minister of Waipu in History Scotland, (Scotland):  September
Conferences (Selected and Recent)
Bell, Z. (2019) Can White Write Black? Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) The Uncommon Commonwealth Conference 15-19 July
Bell, Z. (2019). The joy of writing: going with Flow: Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) Love and Other Journeys: 22-25 August
Bell, Z. (2019). Pursuing the Craft: New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Northwrite: Expanding Horizons: 30 Aug-1Sept.
Bell, Z. (2019) That bloody plague: living the horror of the 1918 influenza epidemic. Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) Beyond Borders: health and medicine in historical context:3-7 December
2015                                                       RWNZ Koru Award for Long Fiction
2014                                                       Vice Chancellor Scholarship 
2010                                                       Teacher of Excellence Award, NorthTec
2010                                                       Cataromance Reviewers Award
2008                                                       Single Titles 10 Best Books of 2008
2006                                                       NZ Society of Authors (PEN) Mentor Scheme      
2002                                                       Oral History Award, Australian Sesquicentennial Gift Trust
2000                                                       Creative New Zealand Grant for Writing

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