Taught by an experienced newspaper editor and journalist
Whether you work in journalism, communications, PR or marketing, my training can improve your media writing skills.
I offer training for both organisations and individuals, either through customised sessions or a self-paced online course.
Staff training that’s hands on and practical
My customised training can show your staff how to write:
- news stories
- press releases.
It can also cover storytelling and interviewing techniques.
This is a hands-on and practical writing workshop filled with exercises so participants can immediately practise what they’ve learnt. Participants can also bring in their own writing that can be workshopped during the class.
The course can be tailored to suit different skill levels, from beginners to experienced writers, and can run from one to three days depending on your needs.Ask about staff training
An online writing course that allows you to study whenever – and wherever – you want
If you want to study at your own pace, then my online Writing Essentials course is for you.
This practical course is filled with exercises that will show you how to make your writing tighter and more compelling.
It covers writing news stories, press releases, marketing copy and how to improve your general writing skills.
It’s equivalent to a full-day course, with six sessions that each take between 45 minutes to an hour and a half (though you can pause whenever you want).Find out more and enrol
One-on-one writing training
Personalised one-on-one sessions are available either online or in person, allowing me to focus on the specific writing skills you want to build – and the type of content you need to write.
Contact me to find out more.
Who am I?
I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist who has worked at the paper for over a decade across almost every section, covering areas from travel and entertainment to health, science and technology (and I still occasionally write opinion columns for it). I also worked as a magazine editor and journalist for five years before that.
I’ve been teaching writing and journalism for over a decade. I’ve taught at UTS, the University of Sydney and the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism before launching Media Survival, where I teach writing to publishers, journalists, marketers, PR practitioners and a wide range of organisations.
Public workshops on journalism and media writing
I also run media writing workshops around Australia that are open to the public.
Register your interest and I’ll let you know when the next public course in your area will be.
- "This workshop has helped me to develop a clear understanding of grammar, punctuation and copy. I've learnt about common mistakes I've been making for years – I won't now. The practice and activities helped to put it into action and I can't wait to get back to work with these skills. Thank you!"Annie Waterworth
- "Really enjoyable. Content is broad, which is great – it links all kinds of comms strategies."Alana Doyle – Melba Support Services
- "Loved learning how to cut my sentences and work on structure. Particularly good to get some tips for media releases and sending to journos. Great exercises to actually put theory into practice."Amelia Quenby – Tonic PR
- "A helpful workshop which went over both the basics and pertinent points for copywriting and communications professionals."Vanessa Gregory – Access-DGC
- "Enjoyed the format and content and how elements had been applied to our work. Thank you for a fabulous session."Vanessa Hollidge – Reymond Communications
- "Top job – I was engaged the entire time! Definitely taken away some great lessons I'll use in the future."Jesse Welsh – Nine Entertainment