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  • Educational Instruction
  • Book Writing
  • English Language
  • Ghostwriting
  • Research
  • Short Stories
  • Travel Writing
  • Writing
  • Act! CRM
  • Copy Editing
  • Editing
  • English Teacher
  • Feature Writing
  • Film Production
  • Librarian

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Services

  • Line/Copy Editing

    $25/hr Starting at $50

    Retired after 30+ years teaching English to secondary students, as well as to adults, I can offer a reliable service. I can ensure that your copy is free of grammatical errors and/or faults in construction...

    Copy EditingEditingEducational InstructionEnglish Language
  • Ghost writing

    $30/hr Starting at $200

    During my previous time on Guru, (2009-2011) I ghost-wrote two e-books. One task was to completely rewrite an old health advice book, now in the public domain. and update much of the content. It is proving...

    Book WritingEducational InstructionGhostwritingWriting
  • Screnplays

    $40/hr Starting at $200

    I have competed a screenwriting course at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney and further courses with the late Billy Marshall Stoneking.. My short film A DIFFICULT PATIENT (DirTony...

    Act! CRMBook WritingEducational InstructionFeature WritingFilm Production
  • Short Stories

    $12/hr Starting at $100

    I am not a prolific writer, but the first story I had written since schooldays was accepted by a major women's magazine (Cleo). Since then, my work has appeared in several Australian literary journals,...

    Short StoriesWomen
  • Speechwriting

    $10/hr Starting at $80

    I am familiar with the rhetorical devices used in persuasive speaking and writing, and for many years adjudicated in senior high school debates. These I have found to be, in general, far superior to most...

    Public Speaking
  • Mission Statements

    $8/hr Starting at $25

    I wrote a mission statement for my last job (as a teacher-librarian). These can be tricky because they must be succinct yet contain all key features, but not as a list.

    Mission Statements

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About

Offering integrity and expertise to assist you with your project.

My trade is writing, and I have been a mainstream published writer since 1974. I have also had a long career as a teacher of high school and tertiary level English.

My life experience has been very wide, and this enriches my writing. I have worked as a nurse, journalist and teacher; have lived in the inner city, the suburbs and on a farm. I draw on this in my own writing. I have travelled fairly widely, mostly in Europe.

I enjoy research in different contexts, for example, my own university education; ensuring no blunders in my fiction writing, and preparing complex units of work for students from Grade 7 to 12.

When I worked via Guru prior to 2011, I had undertaken several assignments: one that was memorable was a travel piece on Christchurch, New Zealand. The piece was enriched because I had travelled there fairly recently. Sadly, some of the beautiful buildings I wrote about--like the Arts Centre, and the Youth Hostel across the road from it, were badly damaged in the earthquake. Since 1996, I have travelled solo to many countries. Some of these are: United States, England, Scotland, Eire, Finland, France, China,Indonesia, and widely within my home country, Australia.

Outside of school duties, I have taught Creative Writing to adults and teenagers.

Please do not contact me if you wish school or university assignments to be ghost-written.

My published work includes two novels: Jake's Luck (Allen & Unwin, 1994) and A Woman of Air (Vintage/Random House, 1996). The latter was awarded the Elle/Random House Prize for fiction. In 1974, the first short story I had written since schooldays was accepted by the magazine Cleo.

Dislike plagiarism? I despise it. You may be assured that what I offer will always be original work. I have a strong work ethic and a high level of personal integrity. You can be confident that I will send you my best effort, and will communicate closely re the task.

Work Terms

Because I am a retiree, there are no particular hours of operation. I am available when you wish to talk. I favour close contact when working on the project.

Contracts will be as advised by Guru.

I am always ready to negotiate re hourly or per word rates, and I am aware that most projects are not paid for at professional rates. However, I do not mind this so much--though $20/hour is acceptable..

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