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The Story Mint forges links with India.

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Exciting news!


The Story Mint is now represented in India and the Middle East. A partnership with Perfect Aptitude Testing Services India Ltd (PATSIndia Limited) gives us an opportunity to form links with schools and to grow our service to students. ‘I’m thrilled that The Story Mint is playing a part in giving students the tools to grow in confidence as writers. That is what we are all about,’ says founder and CEO, Suraya Dewing.
‘I identified that we had a gap in our services and The Story Mint fits perfectly,’ says Shiraz Kirmani, Director.


Picture Above: From L to R: Sharif Zamir, Shiraz Kirmani (Director, PATSIndia), Suraya Dewing (founder CEO, The Story Mint), Mack Saraswat

Signing the Heads of Agreement

On 11th November The Story Mint signed an agreement with PATSIndia giving them exclusive rights to distribute The Story Mint services in India, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain. PATSIndia already delivers educational services to schools in those countries. By including The Story Mint in their suite of services they are broadening their focus which is currently on maths, engineering, legal and other professional services.
The agreement gives The Story Mint a tremendous opportunity to have a presence in countries it would not have otherwise.  PATSIndia made the most of having Suraya in Delhi to promote The Story Mint and the partnership. She spoke to school and University students.
The highlight was an evening to which over 50 educationalists and community leaders were invited. Shiraz presented PATSIndia services which are online entrance exam preparation. Suraya explained that The Story Mint’s role was to take people on a journey leading to confidence in writing in English.


Picture above: L-R: Sharif Zamir, Suraya, Shiraz in the IIT grounds where designated visitors are admitted.

India Institute of Technology

Shiraz and his team are promoting The Story Mint into many institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology which specialises in all academic subjects. Gaining a place is highly competitive and graduates are sought after.

Shiraz also arranged for Suraya to speak to English Literature students at the University of Jamia Millia Islamia. Afterwards she spoke to the Heads of Department about literature and the possibilities of another visit when she is next in India.


Before leaving for India we made a video with Kristin School students. We are very grateful to Max Whitehead for filming and editing what has proven to be a great hit. Take a look at It is great!


Picture above: Guests at the presentation and reception held at the Civil Service Officer’s Institute, New Delhi.

Mary-Liz Corbett is now managing the serials and after a hiatus they are getting underway. Chapter 10 of ‘CIA Agent’ is due to be published any day now. Thanks to Kalli for stepping in at the last minute. 
There are serials with chapters waiting to be booked. Remember they cannot get underway until all chapters have names beside them. There is one chapter left to book for A Confession and The Choir has four slots left. The Choir, (starter author Ken Burns) is a lot of fun. It is full of quirky characters which give a writer lots to play with. Make sure you get your spot booked.
Writers who submit chapters get many benefits: they develop their storytelling skills, engage with other writers and become part of an energetic community.

The Writer’s Pad

Alice Wu is an intern at Massey University’s ecentre. She is also a speaker of English as a Second Language. Her role is to focus on understanding how the Style Guide™ works in order to draw up a user’s manual for second language users. She is keeping a diary of this experience and placing each account on the Writers’ Pad. Read this fascinating story at
We are keen to follow her progress and have already gained insights into how the Style Guide might be better set up to assist second language users.

Congratulations to Ray Stone

This is a recent review of Ray Stone’s Isia’s Secret by a book reviewer at Webbweaver books and radio at
A gripping story of political intrigue, family secrets and a journalist's pursuit of the truth. Ray Stone has written a very detailed, political thriller that is accurate both historically and in modern times. It is a story that spans generations of both Greek and Turkish families and deals with the complexities of political and social turmoil and the results that ensue. It deals with the story of a man, so focused on power and wealth, that even his own family is used as pawns in his political aspirations.
The story culminates in an action packed finale where the final pieces of the puzzle come together.
A great read that I recommend to all who like political thrillers and even those who don't!

Picture above: Guests at the presentation and reception held at the Civil Service Officer’s Institute, New Delhi.


Suraya is writing a series of blogs on her trip to India. A venture to India catalogues each day in India. The first includes an account of losing her bags at Singapore and presenting to 160 students. Throughout the series she will share insights she gains about doing business in India.


We have students placing work on the Writers’ Pad as well as writing and reading serial chapters. Please support them by commenting and offering helpful feedback.

Please encourage your friends to take out the two week free offer 2-week-free-trial and to get involved in writing 500 word serial chapters. If they book to write a chapter in our newest Freedom Writers serial we will extend the free membership. http://



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