Who I am
I am a professional writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have a B.Journ from Rhodes and a BA (Hons) in Sociolinguistics from UNISA, and my roots are very much in journalism, but I have written and edited in a number of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, and worked in the print and broadcast media, commercial and academic spheres.
I believe good writing is an essential life skill. After all, when you consider how many e-mails you write in a day, or presentations and reports you have to produce, or even something as simple as the texts and tweets you send, most of us do an awful lot of writing. Yet no-one teaches us the essential skills that help us to write with clout.
In addition, my background in the traditional media means that I have excellent content curation skills: producing communication that is interesting and relevant for its audience is both a strength and a passion.
So you have a few options.
1. Hire me to write for you – I can turn my hand to any form of writing.
2. Allow me to edit what you’ve written and turn it into something that’s a pleasure to read.
3. Let me teach you how to write better.
4. Bring me in to consult, co-ordinate and collaborate with your existing writers.
For many years my official title has been ‘health journalist’, but I have written many feature articles for newspapers and magazines on a variety of topics, with health really being a special interest.
About 90 percent of good writing is in the edit. Even the best novelists write several drafts before they even submit a manuscript to a publisher – who edits it again.
One of the best ways to learn to write well is through one-on-one coaching. Bring me that document you’re struggling with, and we’ll write it together.
I’ve developed a number of business writing modules for a local writing school, Allaboutwriting, because – like so many consumers – I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty diabolical business communication.
I’d love to talk to you if you’re interested in working with me. Drop me an email and I’ll come back to you as soon as I possibly can:
This is not your usual recipe book. In fact, it’s less of a recipe book and more of a family feeding plan that takes the guesswork out of planning and cooking family dinners.
Who should do the course? Anyone who wants to improve the quality and efficacy of their business communication.
Podcast from SAfm – Language & Clear Communication Listen to the podcast here 702/Cape Talk discussion with Bruce Whitfield Listen to my discussion with Bruce here Documentary I wrote the script, for a documentary about Catholic saints, which was screened on SABC2. Take a look!