I’m a writer, editor and mentor working mainly for the arts, government, business and academia, with a concurrent creative writing practice. Based in Melbourne, Australia, and with clients here and all over the world, for over 20 years I’ve helped individuals and organisations to present their work with the right voice – from artist statements to PhD theses, and from research reports to feature articles.
My editing services include copy editing, structural/substantive editing; editing for academic publication or thesis submission; and adaptation of PhDs and research reports for book publication or public dissemination. From independent writers to major corporates and global NGOs, I attend closely to the needs of my clients. I have special expertise working with authors from non-English speaking backgrounds.
As a writer, I combine traditional journalism skills with formal creative writing techniques to tell multilayered, factual stories in narrative form: documenting artistic or social projects engagingly and compellingly for general audiences, or conveying academic research findings accurately and accessibly. I’m also a skilled arts copywriter and journalist, with substantial experience across the Australian arts industry, gained over more than two decades.
I’m a sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne, teaching and mentoring in research methods and academic writing in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. As a private mentor, I regularly work with PhD/Masters candidates and researchers in the humanities and fine arts; assisting them with document structuring and planning, English expression, grammar and syntax, and editing and proofreading techniques. I also devise workshops for creative writers and groups, or workplace teams needing to develop particular writing skills.
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