Zing Stories


Individual clients of my mentoring and manuscript midwifery include

• Wharf worker and political activist

. Emerging poet telling her life story through poetry
Chinese teenager from Hong Kong who immigrated in the 1960s to Australia
Ghanian scientist
• P
Kiap in PNG
Authors of historical novels set in Australia and Europe

And their comments ...

'You're amazing!' TP.

'In her pleasantly tough way, Lesley had me facing up to faults and issues when most needed. Truly a mentor. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.' Bob Cleland, Brisbane.

'Lesley advised on restructuring. I'm happy and very grateful for her expertise and encouragement.' Suzanne Gardiner, Sunshine Coast.

'Thank you very much for assisting me in bringing Stitched Pages to birth. I’m very excited about the improvement in my writing in 2016. Thanks for your help in shaping the path.' Margaret Clifford.

Heartfelt thanks in particular for the ‘pummelling’ you gave the first chapter. It well and truly reawakened the Muse. Winton Higgins, Sydney (Visiting Research Fellow UTS).

Written Commissions have been delivered to:

• Aid for the Blind now Visionlink
• Australia Council (Ozco)
• Black Possum Publishing
• Gandhi School, South Korea
• Museum of Brisbane 
• Open Minds, a not-for-profit Brisbane charity 
• QWC's Writing Queensland (WQ)
Social Alternatives
• UQ
• Zen Master Sen Shin of the Queensland Zen Centre. 

Writing Workshops have been especially designed for:

• Barung Landcare
• Boolarong Press and Black Possum Publishing
• Brisbane Institute of Art
• Education Queensland
• Open Minds, a not-for-profit Brisbane charity
• Municipal libraries throughout Queensland, eg Brisbane City Council Libraries
• Queensland Arts Council (QAC)
• Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)
• TAFE under its various names eg Qld Learning Network and Dept of Education and Training
• University of Southern Queensland: McGregor School
• University of Sunshine Coast (USQ)
• University of Queensland Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) and the School of English, Media Studies and Art History (EMSAH)

Natural Connections/ Writing, Naturally

We came away from your workshop inspired and we've been writing ever since! Thanks so much for your guidance and inspiration. You've opened our eyes! Sandy Houweling, Redlands

Wonderful day of sharing, learning and writing! Very inspired. Rena Toth, Sunshine Coast.

Thanks for your … insights. Kees Beenties, Brisbane.

Real Life Stories for Adults

You don’t know how much it means to me to have found someone who believes in me and my abilities. Michael Cini, Brisbane.

Thank you … for opening this door for me. Sam Dawes, Maleny.

Your patience and understanding with an apprehensive beginner such as myself was the key to a new and rewarding experience. Joyce Varcin, Sunshine Coast.

After attending Lesley's writing course I was inspired to complete and publish a family history/memoir. I learnt so much from her. In addition to being a good teacher, she is friendly, encouraging and very supportive of her alumni. She even came to my house to help me with the new book that I'm writing. I recommend her course to anybody who wants to learn to write. Maleena Imbeah, Brisbane

Zing Stories For Schools

Thank you for everything. I can literally perceive the improvement in English I have made. I got an OP2 & have been offered a place at QUT! Peter Huang.

Very positive feedback from … students. Yeppoon SHS

Appropriate …successful … students participated well … Caboolture SHS

It all starts with a blank page.

 After teaching personal stories for a decade, I wrote ‘This Teaching Life’ for the Queensland Writers Centre in Writing Samples. And now two decades have passed, I've learnt a great deal more about how to support writing students across the community! Talking of community, if a community anthology is your thing, check out ‘The Nine Lives Writing Project’.

The Zing Stories Guarantee. As a leading-edge provider of life story expertise, Zing Stories guarantees inspiration and practical help to all clients. As a teacher, writer and presenter of many years’ experience, Lesley Synge gives her best effort to deliver mutually agreed-upon services and products at a reasonable price in an empathetic and supportive way – on every occasion.


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