Snapshot

I'm a former lawyer turned writer/editor set apart by my strength of writing across both technical and creative content. I write to make it compelling, edit to make it clear, and proof to make it credible.

With my legal background, I also have a keen interest in content strategy as it intersects with "content integrity" — those issues of copyright, intellectual property and moral rights that exist in the shadows of digital publication. 

Work

Freelance writer/editor
(2011 —)
Writing/editing for local and international print and digital publications including:

Jensen McConaghy, lawyers
Solicitor, senior associate
(2000 — 2010)
Senior insurance litigation lawyer managing large case load including, advising on matters of law and strategy, negotiating high value settlements, preparing written advices, explaining complex legal issues in plain language.

School

University of Queensland

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Writing, Editing and Publishing) (2013 —) GPA 6. Subjects include:

  • Professional communication
  • Academic and corporate editing
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Issues in contemporary publishing
  • Editing the manuscript
  • Introduction to IP law

Bachelor of Laws (1996)

Bachelor of Science (1996)

Queensland University of Technology

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1997)

TAFE Queensland

Certificate IV in Small Business Management (May 2016). Units included:

  • addressing customer needs
  • online search and marketing strategies
  • content creation

Skills

  • ability to connect to audience by creating strong content that "tells their story"
  • ability to write/edit both technical and creative content
  • ability to produce engaging, error free content, tailored to audience
  • ability to apply light-hand editing and scrupulous proof reading
  • ability to develop and apply brand style guides
  • ability to adopt budgets and meet deadlines
  • strong knowledge of Commonwealth Style Manual (6th Ed, 2002) and AP Style
  • strong knowledge of Word, Scrivener
  • working knowledge of Canva
  • working knowledge of Squarespace, Wix
  • working knowledge of MailChimp
  • collaborative and personable team member
  • possessed of perpetual curiosity—never, ever stop learning!