Beyond the red pen

About Me


I'm an Australian citizen who has worked as a technical writer and instructional designer since 2004. In between running and doing creative writing for fun and working on fixed term contract for a consultancy company, I run my business to help people use words as weapons, feather dusters and light bulbs (for the aha! moments). Well, weapons might be going a bit far, though I did help to write instruction manuals for a weapons system.
I live in Canberra, Australia, but I have interstate clients who work with me by email and the phone. Alas I have not mastered telepathy yet, but it's on order. I don't use Facebook because I don't think anyone cares what I'm doing. if I could live my life just texting and emailing, well, how fabulous that'd be for socially awkward me.

My background

Memberships

Apart from getting newsletters and emails from these people, I am as a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Associate member of Canberra Society of Editors
  • Australian Society for Technical Communication
  • ACT Writers Centre

Qualifications

So, how do you know that I'm any good? Well qualifications are a start:

  • University of Canberra: Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing. Units in editing, creative writing, scriptwriting and poetry.
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training: so I can write training doco, gosh I can even do the stand-up and talk bit.
  • University of Canberra: Bachelor of Industrial Design: almost completely irrelevant, but it proves I can stick to something for four years (literally! we used a lot of Araldite).
  • Australian National University: Bachelor of Arts (one year) I loved that my film studies lecture was to watch a film, but realised writing essays all the time wasn't my cup of tea (and I like my tea).

How I work

If people call me a witch, then it's not because I use a magic wand to write, edit and design. There's a little more magic that goes into your job.


Writing
I can:

  • research and reference for information-based writing (eg health articles/blogs)
  • publish to WordPress and supply HTML versions for webpages
  • produce graphic montages to accompany articles


Editing
I can:

  • edit your document online using track changes
  • edit your document on paper using proofreader mark-up


Instructional Design

I can...

  • do a training needs analysis and training management plan
  • prepare course outlines
  • write storyboards based on existing material, edit existing storyboards to improve the learning effectiveness
  • develop eLearning using Articulate and Captivate
  • do user acceptance testing for eLearning: I love finding bugs!