Writing Services

I am fortunate in that I have been able to combine my love of writing with my interests in science, environment and agriculture in a career in science writing.

I’ve written and edited a vast array of materials, including web content, magazine articles, annual reports and environmental interpretation signs. I’ve written about research in animal production, agronomy, chemistry, water monitoring, ecology and entomology, among other sciences. I’ve worked with farmers, researchers, chief executives, historians and innovators to tell their stories.

As a writer, I’m pedantic about apostrophes and I think Oxford commas are often useful. But what excites me most about writing is story telling. I like writing that means what it says and says what it means. Years ago – okay, decades ago – when I was a journalism student, a lecturer commented on one of my assignments that I wrote with ‘poise and clarity’. I have carried that compliment with me ever since, as something I am capable of and as something I aspire to.

But, if you’re into old-fashioned notions of grammatical writing, such as not ending a sentence with a preposition or starting one with a conjunction, you will have noticed that I have a healthy disregard for those conventions. I tend to agree with Winston Churchill on such matters: “This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put.”

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss copywriting for your organisation.

… what excites me most about writing is story telling.

I like writing that means what it says and says what it means …

Courses

I run writing courses for scientists and other researchers who need to communicate complex information to lay audiences.

In this capacity I’ve worked with consultancy firms, government departments and postgraduate students, working with groups of people who need to write clearly and concisely. I’ve also tutored professional writing at Curtin University.

Write Well

A one-day course covering the mechanics of how to produce good writing in a professional setting. It’s suitable for researchers, PhD students, scientists, consultants and government agencies.
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What’s Your Story

A short course that aims to help participants gain the confidence to write their own story, beginning with the assumption that everyone has a story to tell.
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Environmental interpretation

I have written environmental interpretation for many wild and natural places in Western Australia, telling stories to enhance visitors’ experience and knowledge.

The challenge of writing something short, concise and meaningful has always appealed to me. The fact that the research for these writing projects generally involves spending time in the bush is a bonus. Examples of my interpretive writing include the Karri Forest Explorer Trail and the Whiteman Park Woodland Reserve trail.

I’m always happy to work on environmental interpretation projects, so please get in touch if you require interpretive writing.

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Science Communication

If you would like help communicating about your research, or if you and your team are interested in some professional development in science communication and report writing, please get in touch so we can talk about what may be possible.

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