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Listed below are the wonderful tutors currently working for our tutorial department within our correspondence and online schools. All are highly skilled, experienced and dedicated to helping you. They are based in many areas around Australia and prove our belief that distance is no barrier to learning!  



 
STEVE TAYLOR – WRITING COURSES


When Steve went to school there was no consideration given to the possibility of anyone becoming a writer for a living He did have an interest in sports, however, and decided to embark on a journalism course at university with dreams of covering the cricket in the West Indies, the rugby in South Africa ...

 

Naturally, he had to choose some other subjects and he went for Creative Writing and Drama After leaving university he worked with several theatre companies, acting, writing and directing, as well as doing projects for screen and radio. Since then he’s had over thirty books published, including works for kids, teens and adults, ranging from plays to teaching manuals. His plays have also been produced all around Australia by theatre companies and in schools and his poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and journals here and overseas.

 

Steve didn’t ignore journalism, however, and carried on an involvement in that field for seventeen years, writing about the arts, real estate, news – practically just about every topic, actually. Over the years he’s also taught both writing and drama for community organisations and a variety of educational institutions.


 


 MICHAEL PYNE –WRITING COURSES, PUBLIC RELATIONS


 

With a Masters degree in Education, plus a Master of Arts degree in Australian History, Michael currently has nineteen books to his credit. These mostly comprise English, plus modern and ancient history, texts that cater to the NSW high school curriculum. He also teaches part-time at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education in both Vietnamese and Middle-eastern history.

 

Michael has been with Lifestyle learning Direct for twenty years now and has tutored many students who have gone on to success in writing. He never fails to be impressed by the depth and extent of writing talent that exists here in Australia, and the amount that is yet to be discovered. His own experience with writing has convinced him that writing is a very personal process, providing a means of self exploration as well as a way of communication.

 

Michael is an avid traveller with a particular focus on Indo-China. He is also passionately interested in politics and enjoys the company of people with similar interests. His love of history complements his interest in politics and he likes to unravel the problems of the present, especially in Australia, by delving into their historical causes. History is his great passion in reading.




TONY ALDRIDGE – WRITING COURSES


Tony Aldridge was born and raised in the city of Broken Hill in far western NSW, and he’s always had a great appreciation of the artistic celebration of the outback in all its forms. At school his teachers emphasised the mythical qualities of the Australian pioneers, and his earliest interest in literature was derived from Lawson, Patterson and other celebrated writers of the nineteenth century such as Richardson and Boldrewood.

 

His first successful writing experiences were submissions to school magazines and uni newspapers. Since then he has written and co-authored a number of books and publications, with subjects as diverse as the challenges of youth, myths and legends, sport, and the difficulties of balancing sport and study at the elite level. He has also reviewed a number of books for publishing companies, tutored Higher School Certificate students in English and History, and has been a senior HSC examiner.

 

Tony also completed a Masters degree, which presented writing challenges of a different type, and he discovered it was good to focus on the discipline necessary to be successful in expressive, rather than poetic, writing modes. His experiences have convinced him that writing is a very personal process, providing a means of self-exploration as well as communication, and not simply an outcome. It should be enjoyable and fulfilling.


 
JULIA HEBAITER – HOSPITALITY COURSES

Julia’s 21 years' experience in the hospitality industry has been extensive and varied. She owned and operated an award-winning restaurant in Melbourne for seven years. Throughout her time in an industry she is passionate about, she’s worked both front and back-of-house in various roles, including management, waiting, cooking, staff training, event management, and organising and executing catering functions, both big and small.

 

Being the scenes, she has managed all the business aspects – legal, marketing, finances, menu planning, staff recruitment, etc – that set the all-important foundations for any successful business. She has worked in food businesses ranging from cafés and bistros to silver service establishments – and everything in between. She has catered for parties, weddings, corporate functions, fashion shows, awards nights and other events.

 

Julia’s extensive experience has given her all-round knowledge of cooking, catering, and the delights of sharing food with others. She grew up in an Italian family where food had huge social, cultural, and even healing, functions. She enjoys spending hours in her own kitchen, whipping up endless culinary delights for her family and friends.

 

Julia has two writing and editing diplomas and she has published a large folio of works. Many are food-related and some appear in renowned literary journals (Overland) and culinary publications (Slow Food Press). She is Senior Editor of two books: Tasting and Feasting Excellence, a 130-page dining guide endorsed by Stephanie Alexander (that’s Julia pictured at the book launch); and Chef Michel Bonnet’s food memoirs, a Million Meals/a Million Miles: Journey of a Masterchef. Julia runs a freelance writing business specialising in creative food, travel and lifestyle writing and is in the process of completing her first food book.








 
 
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