In a career devoted to written communication, I have over 20 years of professional experience in writing, analysis, editing and proofreading. Among my areas of expertise, I do proposal writing for the not-for-profit sector and academic editing.
My background includes:
- working as a business analyst on corporate documentation projects for large companies
- employment experience as a copy-writer, journalist, editor and proofreader
- a PhD in Professional Writing
- a parallel career as a fiction writer and artist.
From this background, I bring to my consultancy work a mix of the analytical and the creative, of macro-level thought and micro-level attention to the text.
A CV and samples of my work are available upon request.
My clients have spanned the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Since 2000, many of my clients have come from the not-for-profit sector, particularly the arts, community and health.
I have worked on-site on many occasions, but am equally comfortable working off-site, sometimes even a hemisphere away.
Here is a selection of my clients, past and present, in alphabetical order:
There was the business plan that helped a community arts centre to stay operational. Then there was the analysis and writing to help rejuvenate a not-for-profit organisation. There was even the book that accompanied a theatre performance and went on to be praised in some reviews, alongside the show.
These and other projects – corporate, academic and creative – feature in my folio:View my folio
I can work with a document at any stage of its development and I have considerable experience with salvaging documents that have major problems.
I have written many kinds of documents, including:
- funding proposals (see below for details)
- business and strategic plans (see also my work in analysis)
- annual reports
- corporate and sales brochures
- speeches and other presentations
- website copy
- policies and procedures
- media releases.
Learn more: Proposal writing
One of my areas of expertise is writing funding proposals for not-for-profit organisations, especially in the arts (for both arts organisations and individual artists). Over almost 15 years, I have built an excellent track record in writing successful proposals.
I have won grants:
- from all levels of government and from various philanthropic foundations
- for operational funding, as well as program and project funding
- for recurrent and one-off funding
- for multi-year and annual funding.
Grant proposals can be more than a means to acquire funding. Where relevant, I work with my clients so that the proposals I write can be used to:
- reposition or rejuvenate relationships with funders
- harmonise the varying narratives that are told to different funders
- leverage the writing of other documents, such as brochures and annual reports
- improve future grant-writing processes.
Everyone has stories to tell about themselves – including organisations. Drawing on my dual background in business analysis and writing, I specialise in analysing these organisational narrativesAn organisational narrative can cover topics such as an organisation's history, major achievements, goals, values and unique selling proposition. (Source: Glossary of common PR terms, Gnosis Media Group), especially for organisations that are undergoing substantial change.
Following this analysis, I am able to:
- refocus these organisational narratives
- supply a corpus of refreshed language for an organisation to describe itself
- devise models to describe or re-cast an organisation’s work
- inform an organisation’s strategic thought, and write strategic plans and related documents.
Editing and proofreading
I have formal training in editing and proofreading, and have been working professionally in this area since 1993. I have edited proposals, marketing copy, a double-issue of a scholarly journal, policy and procedural manuals, software user guides and much more. Documents that I have proofread include annual reports, the program for a major international arts festival and even magazine advertisements.
I am skilled in both structural editing'Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure'. (Source: Definitions of editorial skills, Editors' Association of Canada) and copy editing'Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style;' ensuring consistency of style and 'internal consistency of facts'. Can include other tasks, such as managing citations. (Source: Definitions of editorial skills, Editors' Association of Canada). I can also do ‘lighter edits’ to accommodate a client’s budgetary or other requirements.
One of my areas of specialisation is academic editing.
Learn more: Academic editing
I first began editing academic texts in 1995. Over the years, my skills have been enhanced through my own academic studies, including attaining my PhD.
I have edited academic papers (individual papers, as well as entire volumes of work), postgraduate theses and proposals for research funding. I have editing experience in philosophy, psychology, art history, linguistics and Asian Australian studies, among other disciplines. I have applied many citation styles, including American Psychological Association (APA) style and Chicago style, as well as style policies specific to many individual scholarly journals.
Advice, mentoring and training
Whether as a separate service or as part of a project, I can advise clients on many communication matters, macro and micro – from document approach and structure, to improving authoring processes within their organisation.
I have experience mentoring writers and editors, and I also run proposal writing workshops and seminars.
I have many testimonials from clients, with much of my work coming from repeat business and word of mouth recommendations.
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I work on a sliding scale based on a client’s ability to pay (for select not-for-profit organisations, it may even be possible for me to work within a bartering arrangement). My clients have varied considerably in terms of size and operating budget, and include individual artists, academics with and without associated research funding, a small publisher with two employees, not-for-profit organisations of varying sizes, government departments, statutory authorities and multinational corporations.
Please contact me for a quote or for more information.