About The Story Mint


“If we peel back the layers we wrap around ourselves we will
find stories... our stories. That's where magic dwells."
 ~ Suraya Dewing. 


The Story Mint is a community of writers who work together to encourage and give each other constructive feedback. Its goal is to create excellent writers using a combination of automated and personalised tools. The unique stylecheck™ guides writers to find the perfect pitched voice for the audience. Writers can experiment writing different genres with the serials. Writers also learn other key writing skills such as maintaining tense, writing believable dialogue and much more. 

There are many other services. For example, writers can store or publish their writing on the Writers' Pad. 

The company is in Rotorua, New Zealand. Private investors breathed life into The Story Mint and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment invested in the development of the stylecheck. 

The Story Mint was officially launched on Friday 13th April 2012.


Suraya Dewing

Suraya Dewing,  CEO and Founder

Suraya is a writer and an entrepreneur. Her dream is to enable people to tell their stories and to share her love of writing.

Rangitawa Publishing published her major novel ‘Bend with the Wind’ in Oct 2015. 'Voices', her collected stories come out in 2017.

She began in broadcasting (television/radio) and followed that with several years in the public relations industry. In 2008/9 she returned to Auckland University and completed a Masters in Creative Writing. Her novel, which is about two young people caught in the crossfire of political unrest, came out in 2013 as an ebook. In the meantime, she developed the stylecheck™ which gives writers feedback on voice and writing style along with a suite of tools which will shortly be introduced into schools.

She writes regular blogs which are posted on http://www.thestorymint.com/blog. These cover topics about the future of publishing, writing, business and technology.

Suraya Dewing LinkedIn  Email: suraya@thestorymint.com


Gabrielle Burt

Gabrielle Burt, Sales and Marketing Manager

Gabrielle has a solid commercial background, having owned her own real estate company and worked for such companies as Air New Zealand, IBM and BNZ. She also believes education is the most direct pathway to success and is delighted to be able to combine her business knowledge and  love of reading, writing and improved literacy, into a company that is going from strength to strength as it broadens its commercial reach and continues to add quality products to an already impressive suite of writers’ (and readers’) tools. Gabrielle is writing a historical novel and is a talented contributor to The Story Mint's serials.




Bruce Howat

Bruce Howat,  Business Manager

Bruce has a long history in Tertiary Education and Trade Training.  He was Chair of World Skills New Zealand.  Bruce is running the business growth and commercialisation for The Story Mint, establishing the company’s presence in secondary schools.  He sees The Story Mint becoming a significant influence in creating future great writers.

Bruce Howat LinkedIn



Donna McTavish

Donna McTavish, The Story Mint serials, asst. Manager

When I heard about The Story Mint, I knew, that it was something I needed to know more about.

I didn’t know that medical writing was a job until I arrived in New Zealand and an advertisement in The NZ Herald caught my eye. The opportunity to combine my degree in physiology and pharmacology with writing, and be paid to do it, was more of a gift than a job. 
I left medical writing and became a business writer. I’ve learned that reading constantly and indiscriminately is the fuel I need to write because there is so much to be learned from other writers. I’ve learned to never shirk from that one last re-write and to use fewer words, not more.

In a busy life, there are always excuses not to write but for me, writing Serials for The Story Mint is a commitment that forces me to exercise my writing muscles when I least feel like using them. Some days it’s hard graft, other days less so, but writing every day is what it takes to be better and I will always be grateful to Suraya and The Story Mint crew for creating an environment where writers can grow.


Sumanda Maritz

Sumanda Maritz, Anthology Manager

Sumanda completed her Diploma in Construction Science and Building Surveying while working for a Quantity Surveying firm where she started as a typist. During this time she became involved in the marketing, website, newsletter, architectural photography and the financial department. Always quick to learn she also has the ability to address various problems with functional solutions.

After her first child was born, she became a stay at home mum, while still doing various contract work such as photography, web design and writing articles for parent24.com.

Later she worked again in Administration with the emphasis on quality control, configuration and occupational health and safety. Her above average computer proficiency helped to set up standards and accurate record keeping systems.

Sumanda was one of the Beta Testers for the Story Mint and finally found the information that she needed to write all the stories that had been floating through her mind since school.

Her management of the first anthology combined her skills and the challenge of learning how to edit. 


Lief Rennes

Leif Rennes, (NZ) Technical Analyst

Leif returned home to New Zealand after travelling overseas for several years, so that he could continue his studies at Auckland University. He is on a year's OE after completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy. He is concerned with some of the technical and analytical aspects of The Story Mint and looks forward to being involved with future developments of the tools. He is also a talented writer.



Flo Ginsburg

Flo Ginsburg, (USA) Editor

Flo has edited technical manuals for CDC, Los Angeles and Physicians Office Computer (POC), Compton, California, essays for students at the California State College (Cal State LA) and various pieces of fiction.