Writing


All styles of writing and editing. I can write from scratch or improve your work.

Annual reports – your annual report can be an exciting and dynamic marketing tool, showcasing your business and its achievements for the year.

Technical writing – manuals, instructions, guides. I can help you reduce jargon and create clear and accurate documents.

Ghost writing – do you know what you want to say but don’t know how to put it into words? Everyone has a story. Let me help you tell yours. My expertise – but your voice.

Speeches – for politicians, corporate leaders, best men, best friends, weddings, parties anything. Make them laugh, make them cry, and make them proud. Tips on delivery are an added bonus.

Editing – do you have a submission or other document that has been written by committee? Do you have a book or essay that needs editing? Professional editing can improve clarity and consistency.

Transcribing – no time to transcribe those minutes? With more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, I am an expert at turning that two-hour tape into clear and accurate notes.

Poor English skills – English not your first language? Your ideas may be great but it is hard to make them appear credible if your English is not up to scratch. Let me help you say what you mean and get the professional respect that you deserve.

Product naming – Catchy, quirky, clever and memorable: the right name can be a bonus for your business or product. Let me help you find it.

 

 

Training


I have more than 11 years’ experience as a trainer and teacher of writing, including grammar and punctuation. No one is ever bored or lost in my classes.  Extensive experience includes:

Editorial training consultant for Leader Newspapers from 1999 to 2004, and online from 2004 to 2009.

Represented Leader as a guest lecturer in journalism at La Trobe University and RMIT University, and as a media trainer for the Victorian Local Governance Association and the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade.

Lectured in the interpreting of cartoons for Ruyton Girls School, Kew.

Lecturer in Creating Non-Fiction Writing at La Trobe University in 2010.

I can come to your business to help improve internal and external communication, or to your school to help with story and essay writing.

Private instruction is also available for those moving into management roles and who do not want to let their writing skills let them down.


Cartooning

I can find humour in the most mundane of subjects. Cartoons can provide a visual lift for documents and synthesise complex ideas.

Clients have included The Age, New Scientist (Australian edition), the Alternative Law Journal, Pascall Press, Hale and Iremonger, Good Food Guide, Cheap Eats, Fitzroy Legal Service Law Handbook, Redfern Legal Publishing, Kangan Batman TAFE, Priorities Recruitment, and author Hazel Edwards, to name a few.

My cartoon archive is held at the State Library of Victoria.