I’m keenly interested in narrative or literary journalism, a form that can simultaneously convey hard facts, raise or debate issues, and create emotionally connected and pleasurable experiences for the reader. Narrative journalism draws on the techniques of creative writing to produce compelling and detailed nonfiction articles. It can be used to engagingly document projects or distil and communicate research findings, potentially reaching a much wider readership than formal reports and documents.
For example, in 2014 I was commissioned by the University of Western Sydney to produce 12 narrative profile pieces on exceptional young international ‘digital champions’, for inclusion in a report titled Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Around the World. Focusing on children and young adults themselves – both their achievements and the issues they face – provided a compelling, direct connection to the material contained in the report. Presented to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child, the material was so well received that has since been republished by UNESCO/UNICEF and distributed widely around the world.
I am available for general professional writing, including content development and copywriting for print or online, general journalism including news and features, or report writing. While my experience centres on the arts industry and academia, I have worked for a broad range of clients, including the corporate sector.
I will take on general writing commissions in cases where I can guarantee that I have the necessary type and degree of industry or subject knowledge. Major previous projects include co-writing Melbourne’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature, for Arts Victoria in 2007.