Johanna Knox

Tutor - writing for children (online) and guest editor 4th Floor Literary Journal

Johanna’s books include A Forager’s Treasury (Allen and Unwin, 2013) and The Fly Papers – a mystery-adventure series for 7–12 year olds. Book one in the series, The Flytrap Snaps, was shortlisted for the 2012 NZ Post Children's Book Awards as well as the LIANZA Esther Glen Award, and was a Storylines Notable Book. Book two, The Sundew Stalks, came out in 2013 and was on Booknotes' list of Top 5 Fantasy Reads for Determined Girls. Book three is on the way.

Johanna is the editor of Forest & Bird’s magazine for children, Wild Things, for which she also writes articles about science and nature, and a popular ongoing fiction serial, The Owl Kids

Working in a wide range of styles across fiction and non-fiction, Johanna has earned a living as a writer and editor for 20 years. Past projects have included school resources, museum exhibitions around the country, and youth websites for the Health Promotion Agency's Smokefree and SunSmart campaigns. She has been a children's book editor for Huia Publishers, and a children's book reviewer for Your Weekend and Booknotes.

In 2014 she took a temporary position teaching the Writing For Children paper at the IIML.

She says, 'The creative writing courses I’ve taken over the years as a student have been exciting and inspiring, and I've come away from many of them with wonderful friends and useful contacts that have endured to this day. It's great to be a part of this process as a tutor now.'

Related Areas of Interest

  • Nursing
  • Business and Management
  • Building Trades
  • English Language

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