Zing Stories

Zing Stories for Schools

I'm wild about autobiography and reflective writing and, since I have enjoyed a lifelong career as a teacher of teenagers - in Australia, South Korea and the UK - I know how to enthuse the students of your school. Teenagers are sometimes accused of being self-centred - but in this genre, focus on the self is perfect. Thoreau declared on the opening page of his account about living in the wild at Walden Pond: ‘I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.' Walden became an American classic because Henry David Thoreau shared his subjective experience and achieved something magical - a world for others to learn from.

Personal reflective writing is part of secondary schooling.

  Personal reflective, or autobiographical, writing is easy to master as everybody can write about lived experience.

The Autobiography Writing Workshop helps students to:
• gain confidence
• achieve better results
• benefit from techniques passsed on by an expert
• enjoy creative writing 
• gain in self-knowledge and understanding.

Individual tutoring sessions work best for students who need:
• ESL help
• Gifted & Talented recognition
• intensive assistance
• individual attention.

A one-day school workshop (large or small school groups) is $600/day. Individual tutoring sessions are $70/hour. Do Contact Me.


Lesley's Books are for the adult market but the short works in Writing Samples can be enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike.

• ‘Life Roles' is a poem about teaching.
• ‘First Love' is teenage fiction.

To thine own self be true.

I'm a registered teacher with Queensland College of Teachers and work regularly with English classes for Education Queensland. As both a writer and a teacher, I guarantee inspiration and practical help to young people. In a voluntary capacity, I've contributed to the Queensland Writers Centre Youth Advisory Committee. I also tutor refugee children and young people of all ages.



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