Jillian Sullivan

Writer and tutor

Jillian Sullivan, the author of A Guide to Creating, lectures on creativity and writing in America and New Zealand. The author of 11 books, she’s taught writing for Massey University, is a manuscript assessor for the NZ Society of Authors and a judge for regional and national writing awards. She holds a Master of Creative Writing with Distinction from Massey University. Her writing awards include The Highlights Fiction Award in America for short stories, The Tom Fitzgibbon Award and Maurice Gee Prize for young adult novels and the Kathleen Grattan Prize for poetry. A Guide to Creating won an Honourable Mention for a spiritual book at the 2014 London Book Festival.

“I would call A Guide to Creating a must for all writers, whatever their status. I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 50 years and was once Jillian’s mentor. With this book she had become my teacher.” Joy Cowley

Published Work:

Creative Non-Fiction (Adult):

A Guide to Creating, Steele Roberts, and Emrose Publishing, Ebook, Amazon 2015

Fishing from the Boat Ramp - a Guide to Creating, Steele Roberts, Oct 2009

Poetry (Adult):

Parallel, poetry collection, Steele Roberts, July 2014.

Poems published in literary journals and newspapers, including Takahe, Meniscus, Printable Reality, Christchurch Press, Otago Daily Times.

Novels (Young Adult):

Rat Keeper Cat Keeper, Pearson NZ Ltd, November 2009

Silverstream, Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd, July 2008.

What About Bo?, Scholastic NZ Ltd, 2005, EBook with Oceanbooks NZ 20212

Shreve’s Promise, Scholastic NZ Ltd, 2004


Myths and Legends – the Gift of Stories from our Cultures, Pearson NZ Ltd 2007

Short Story Collections: Launched and Other Stories, Pearson NZ Ltd 2005

Hey Tony, short stories for teenagers, Orchard Press 1999

Picture Books:

Sophie’s Mum and the Dinosaur, Learning Media 1998

Two Homes for David, Learning Media 1997

Short stories, (Adult):

Numerous short stories published in literary journals and newspapers, including National Radio, Takahe, JAAM, Headland, Sunday Star Times, and The Chattahoochee Review.


Alexander’s Koala, Chatterbox, NZ

Sophie’s Mum and the Dinosaur, Chatterbox, NZ

New Zealand School Journals, Choices, Learning Media

27 stories, plays, articles.

Highlights For Children Magazine: (USA)

Five stories


Poems and short stories published in New Zealand anthologies, including The Puffin New Zealand Story Book (Penguin Books (NZ ) Ltd 1996), Dare and Double Dare (Random House) 2007, Poems4Peace (Printable Reality 2014) and We Society (Printable Reality 2015)

Chapter Books to USA , Canada, America, France:

13 Chapter books for children and young adults.

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