My name is Shannon Meyerkort, and I am a Perth based writer. I love to tell stories.
This website will direct you to some of the sites I currently write for, or have written for in the past. You will also learn about the novels novels I am writing, as well as my own special websites, Fundraising Mums and Relentless.
Although I have always loved writing, I haven’t always been a writer. I originally started out as an anthropologist (that’s the study of human culture, not bugs) and undertook a Masters of Public Health, before working as a researcher in various hospitals and universities across Australia.
It was after my second daughter was born and we knew we were planning a third, that I realised a career-change would be required. After three long months of sessions with a career counsellor she came up with two options: event planner and writer. Although I love planning a good party, the choice was always clear: I had wanted to be a writer since I was a child.
Before leaving, she gave me one piece of advice that I have never forgotten: she told me “Shannon, remember that as a writer, your life will be like a jigsaw puzzle, with lots of pieces that all fit together to form the picture of your career. Some pieces will pay well, others you will just write for the love of it, some pieces will satisfy you creatively, others will just be ‘work’, one piece may be a long novel, others will represent smaller pieces of work. Over time the puzzle will grow and a picture will form, but you will always have many different elements to your writing life.”
I have written a lot since then.
I have written children’s stories. I founded one of Australia’s most comprehensive fundraising ideas websites, Fundraising Mums. I reviewed restaurants. I worked as an editor and set up a number of websites including Free Perth and Perth Mums Group. I have freelanced for various companies and seen my work published in newspapers, magazines, books and on websites across the globe. I have a hundred different ideas pinned to a corkboard above my desk and floating around in my brain.
I released a number of eBooks in 2015 including two children’s stories and a book called The Brutal Truth About the Third Child, all of which are available on Amazon. In all of my writing I call on my experiences as both a researcher and a mother, and my study and love of people and history.
I have also been lucky enough to win a few writing prizes, such as first place in the 2010 West Australian Newspaper Summer Agenda writing competition which comes with its own humiliating story, and first place in the 2015 City of Subiaco Local History Awards.
In 2019 I was awarded a place at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers’ Centre First Edition Retreat, for emerging writers with a new manuscript. This also includes a place on the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program: “a series of workshops, mentorships and special events that provide opportunities for a select group of local writers to write, draft and prepare their debut manuscript for potential publication.”
In April 2020 I started working on my third novel.
So that is me. Welcome to my site – have a look around. I hope you enjoy my words, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.