Journalism writing short courses – live webinar and self-paced masterclass

Learn how to make your journalism compelling

Taught by a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist with over 25 years of experience, these practical journalism courses will show you how to write clearly and effectively, whether it’s for:

  • news stories
  • features
  • marketing and communications
  • press releases
  • newsletters.

I offer customised training for staff and individuals, a live webinar that runs over four half days, as well as a self-paced online masterclass.


Writing Essentials online masterclass – self-paced and flexible

This self-paced journalism writing course is equivalent to a full-day workshop, with six sessions that each take between 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

If you’d like personalised feedback or to workshop your own writing, optional one-on-one Zoom sessions can be arranged for an additional $180 (plus GST) per hour either during the course or after you’ve finished it.

Filled with plenty of exercises, the Writing Essentials online course will show you how to:

  • craft short, compelling sentences
  • write in the active voice
  • use positive language
  • cut copy
  • use the right tone of voice and style
  • strengthen your intros
  • show, not tell
  • write in plain English
  • put the reader first
  • use commas correctly
  • know what the correct tense is
  • write in the inverted pyramid style
  • know what people want to read
  • write a news feature
  • avoid common grammar and punctuation mistakes
  • proofread your own work
  • write great headlines.

You will receive:

  • a handbook and certificate (given as a PDF)
  • a free copy of my ebook Dealing with Grumpy Editors
  • unlimited access so you can repeat the course as many times as you want.

Price: $US120

Enrol now in the Writing Essentials course


Staff training that’s hands on and practical

This writing training can be customised to cover whatever you need – whether it’s press releases, feature stories, storytelling or interviewing.

Practical and highly interactive, this writing course is filled with plenty of exercises (some of which can be based on your own content if you choose).

The course can be tailored to suit different skill levels, from beginners to experienced writers.

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One-on-one journalism 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.

I see a wide range of clients, from those in journalism, communications, marketing and PR right through to those who want to learn how to write like a journalist in order to engage the public.

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Who am I?

I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and journalist with over 25 years of experience.

I have:

  • written for and edited almost every section of the newspaper, covering areas from travel and entertainment to health, science and technology
  • worked as a magazine editor, sub-editor and journalist
  • lectured at UTS, the University of Sydney, and the Australian Independent Centre for Journalism
  • worked as an online content specialist, copywriter and communications manager
  • taught writing and editing workshops for over a decade.