Hey, welcome, I’m Tessa

About me

⚓️ port city fancier; from Auckland > Sydney > Hamburg

Born and raised in the harbour city of Auckland in Aotearoa, with a ten-year layover in the East coast city of Sydney, the north German port city of Hamburg has been home for over a decade now. It’s where I make and do across creative channels from the visual to the verbal 🤹🏼‍♀️

👩🏼‍💻 cross channel career; from visual art teacher > designer > freelance educator >

my first specialty was visual art, applied in the education arena as an art, art history and photography teacher in a multicultural school in South Auckland. Next stop, Sydney and a further push into the visual space as an arts marketing designer in the heritage space. Jumping hemispheres, I landed in Germany where I found myself learning German from scratch and embarking on a freelance career, with a focus on brand development for solopreneurs until recently when I returned to education — this time with adult learners from all areas of business.

🖌 writing; poetry > short story > essays >

Alongside the education and visual art channels, I’ve always been passionate about the written (and read out loud) word. I’ve built up my writing practice on the back of the Sydney University Creative Writing MFA, focusing on poetry and short stories. My first poetry collection Dream Houses was published in 2019 🎉

freelance language educator

A certified Cambridge English instructor, I offer one-to-one language coaching online and face-2-face. If you want to contact me about language learning, please click here.

Freiraum Writers group

In 2020 I founded the weekly Freiraum Writers group at the Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe because writing together helps to keep us all showing up to the blank page. We meet (currently online) for focused writing sprints — our method suits writers who have projects on the go.

poetry collection Dream Houses

My debut collection Dream Houses, published by indie-press Kelsay Books in California, was launched in 2019 with help from friends and whānau at the gorgeous Lesesaal at the historic Stadthaus Brücke. The collection is available to order on Amazon Europe/US here.

Short Fiction

Perhaps you fancy a read (or a listen) of a story about life in Hamburg (as featured at Books without Covers in Berlin or on The Local Germany). My sad, funny, more or less true stories about life in Germany are mostly random, somewhat unfiltered and available to read on Letters from Hamburg.


If you’d like to connect you can find me on Xing and Linked-In. I’m ‘on’ Instagram (pretty infrequently) at @tessa_sinclair_scott