Brought up on a remote farm in North Wairarapa, my early education was through the Correspondence School in Wellington. I always loved studying English, writing essays and so on.
Writing for me has become an absorbing passion, leading me to attain Certificates in Historical Writing and Copy-editing and Proofreading through the Writing School in Australia, and to attending many workshops on creative writing. In 2007 I took a course on Creative Writing through the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology and have had many of my short stories published in various magazines and anthologies.
I have also completed my first book, Web of Gold, an illustrated historical novel, set in Charleston on New Zealand’s West Coast in the late 1860s during the height of the gold rush. It was launched in November 2016 and is available from bookshops. The sequel is already running around in my head!
Probably the most rewarding part of my writing journey was to spend two years, 2011-2012, as Chair of the Top of the South Branch of NZSA. I met so many people all over New Zealand engaged in this wonderful interest of ours, some of whom still keep in touch.
I’ve also been involved for many years with the Marlborough sub-branch, acting as their chair person for some time and still actively keeping an eye on what happens within the group. Some years ago I saw the potential for using the Mount Richmond Estate at Rai Valley as the venue for a weekend writers retreat, and in 2012 Wendy Knox and I successfully launched the first of these retreats.
Dot (Dorothy) Scott lives in Blenheim and
can be contacted here. She is a member of
the website www.writersofmarlborough.co.nz
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