May 2018 Newsletter

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May 2018 Newsletter
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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 


The clock keeps ticking and we are one more month closer to the most exciting date in the 2018 calendar .... Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author.

Over 30 presenters will be attending so the two days will be jam packed. Cory Corbett - actor, producer and writer - is confirmed as the compere of the event (
We are thrilled to have Jocelyn Harewood, Author of Romper Stomper, YA novels and travel writer for The Lonely Planet (Australia) as one of our illustrious presenters. Jocelyn's presentation is 'A Writer's Journey'. As an author of several YA novels, and with one in the pipeline, she certainly has stories that we can't wait to share.

“My next book is about how poor people don't get access to help, even though laws are written to help them. All my work is funny. Black humour, or just bawdy. It just comes out that way. So read my next novel when it comes out to see how sexual abuse in the workplace becomes a funny book for young adults.”

Tickets for Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author are now on sale at
If you need a little incentive, every ticket sold before 19th June will go into a draw to win a $50 dinner voucher on Sunday 7 October, after the last session of the symposium.


We have some very special Serials news this month.

A Second Anthology of Serials
We are thrilled to tell you that production has begun on the second anthology of published serials. We have selected 10 stories across a variety of genres and the team will be working hard to have the first copies available in October at the Breaking the Code symposium (and now we've publicly committed to this deadline we will work doubly hard to make it happen!). 

An Indian Serial 
We welcome our new writers from India this month. Under the guidance of one of our longstanding Indian members, Hemali Ajmera Shah, this group has embarked on a serial seeped in Indian culture. The serial is called Two Weddings and a Funeral and we can not wait to read it.
And finally, we have kicked off a brand new serial this month based on a beautifully crafted starter chapter by one of our most prolific and well respected Story Mint members, Ray Stone. Have a read of this excerpt from The Girl in the Attic....

Damon turned to face an old man in a raincoat and rubber boots. In one hand he carried a shotgun. “Thought you be a poacher,” he smiled.

“No, I found Bella out on the road. She’s in the car. Are you related?”

The old man smiled. “No, Sir. I’m the caretaker. The Hall is empty these past three years. No one lives here." Damon opened the rear door. The girl was gone. His raincoat lay on the seat, soaked. On the other side of the car, he found footprints in the snow - leading away across the field. “I don’t understand,” he said, puzzled.

The caretaker spoke, “There was a Bella worked here in the kitchen, but she’s long dead. They do say she was murdered in her attic room. Back in 1873, it was. Why not warm yourself in my hut. You're not the first to meet her.”

Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to:
If you've written a chapter send it to
Auckland Writers Festival
The Auckland Writers Festival broke all records with 74,000 attendees and 230 sessions over five days. The final session featured this year’s 2018 Honoured New Zealand Writer, Witi Ihimaera, one of New Zealand’s eminent writers. Here he is with Suraya Dewing from The Story Mint and Hailey Stuart signing a copy of his book, Whale Rider. The novel became an international success when it was made into a film.
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