Featured Stories


are my thing

Whether I’m writing them, reading them, editing them, using them to tell my clients’ or others’ stories, publishing them, or teaching stuff about them – words pretty much inform my whole life.

I would love to help YOU to get pen to paper, entertain you with some good reads, or help your business with content creation.

Writing Life Stories Your Way Workshop

Upcoming workshop - 15 January 2022

Writing your personal or family stories is an amazing gift to leave for future generations, and can also help you to make sense of things you have experienced in your life. Preserving your stories doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. During my Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop you will gain lots of practical tips, take part in some fun exercises, and put together a personalised Road Map, to guide you to create your stories in a stress free way, that is unique to you. 

Why not join me at my next Writing Life Stories Your Way workshop, on Saturday 15 January 2022 at Urban Revival Cafe, Silverstream, Kaiapoi? This workshop is for a small, intimate group of up to 11 participants. You don’t want to miss it!

Great gift idea for you or someone special!

When:  Saturday 15 January 2022

Time: 10am till 1.30pm

Where: Meeting Room, Urban Revival Cafe, Silverstream, Kaiapoi


For details about future courses, follow my Jo Bailey Author page on Facebook,  sign up to my newsletter (at the top of this page), or visit my website.

Perhaps you have a group that might be interested in this workshop? Let’s talk about how we can tailor the course just for you! Email me at jo@jobailey.com for more details.

Christmas GIFT idea!

Looking for a gift idea, or a great holiday read?

Never Forget is a collection of compelling true World War II stories featuring two New Zealand servicemen, and children of war from around the globe.

This book of courage and survival is a timely reminder about the futility of war and its impact on us all. 

Read about the inspiring people in Never Forget here.


Praise for Never Forget

“I devoured it in one sitting. Such a wonderfully written collection of peoples’ experiences. It really got under the skin of each of them.”
Tony Wright, Filmmaker and producer

Looking for a good book to read?

Do you love memoir and stories from the past?

Never Forget is a collection of incredible true World War II stories including two stories about New Zealand servicemen and four stories about children of war from the Netherlands, Dutch East Indies, Poland and the UK who later came to New Zealand as evacuees or migrants after their lives were turned upside down by the conflict.

The Long Way Home is the the story of an underprivileged British boy, plucked from the slums of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his two brothers, and sent to an Australian farm school in 1950 under the Child Migrant Scheme. It was 36 years before the boys saw their mother again.

Does your business need dynamic content?

I help SMEs and corporates with a range of interesting projects, utilising my background in journalism and extensive experience as a publisher and editor.

I can walk you right through the process from concept, creation and design to the implementation and delivery of your printed or online projects, including in-house publications, website content, blogs, press releases, marketing and communications copy, newsletters, eBooks, social media and more. Need a script for a promotional video or advertisement, or some compelling words for a funding application or award nomination? I can help with that too.  Check out my full list of services.

Have a question about any of the above? Send an email to jo@jobailey.com

Want to learn some cool writing tips?

Have you dived into some writing, but could use a few pro tips? Why not check out one of my all time fave Writing Tips of the Week below or watch some other video tips here. For even more writing advice and book news, sign up for my email newsletter, read my blog, or join the conversation at Jo Bailey Author on Facebook.

Find me on Facebook and YouTube here

Ready to write your COVID-19 story?

As we collectively experience the global COVID-19 pandemic, we all have our own unique stories to share. I believe there is no better time than RIGHT NOW to get your pandemic experiences and thoughts down on paper. If you find the prospect a little daunting, why not download my FREE printable PDF worksheet? It has lots of tips, writing prompts, and plenty of space, so you can get writing while the memories of this time are still fresh! 

Let me help you to write your pandemic story!

Download the worksheet with BONUS infographic here