I’m a professional writer, editor and story coach (aka mentor) based in The Macedon Ranges in Central Victoria, Australia, specialising in fiction, non-fiction and story-based business content.
I work face-to-face and remotely.
Apart from bike riding, bushwalking, yoga, knitting, singing, gardening, hanging out with friends and playing with my dog, I love helping people tell their stories.
I’m a qualified Outdoor Education teacher and have a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing with experience in journalism, fiction, creative non-fiction and business content. (It’s all true! If you don’t believe me, read these testimonials.)
For well over ten years I have written and edited across genres, topics and styles according to the client’s brief or, where necessary, helped clients write the brief!
During this work, I noticed some service gaps and have tried to plug them by developing the concept of story coaching (like mentoring), because early in my career as writer and editor I noticed two things.
Writers received feedback via a manuscript appraisal of their fiction, memoir or business book. (Great!) But extensive discussion about the feedback and possible next steps was not part of the appraisal. (Not-so-great…) Because the feedback process stopped right there, people’s energy for their project lapsed. (Booo!)
So I developed the next step: story coaching. It’s a bit like mentoring, but I call it coaching because to me this word feels more egalitarian, and maybe a little bit more fun? Learn more about story coaching here.
And the other thing I noticed:
Some people in business are interested in writing their own content, but don’t know how or where to start. They also don’t know if they have the skills to pull it off or how much time it’ll take to develop the skills to write catchy concise snippets and stories! So… I coach people in small business one-on-one and in small groups to kick-start those skills. Personal yet professional coaching gives people a chance to work out for themselves whether they’d rather write their own business content (DIY) or outsource it (GSE – get someone else!)
If you want to work with a human being, who’s working through the joys and frustrations of writing (and not writing!) their own stories, I’m your gal!