Write in a way that suits your audience and purpose. Write to succeed and achieve.


Write with clarity and power, in a way that best serves your needs.


Write together for pleasure, to express yourself and to share your world with others.




I’ve taught English in secondary schools for more than 20 years. Sharing my passion for this subject with students and teachers has been extraordinarily fulfilling. Now I’ve taken that passion outside classrooms, to focus on targeted, intensive teaching and learning with individuals, departments and schools.


My ideas and insights will help you develop a distinctive voice for your business, company or organisation. I can work with individuals, small or large groups to help you achieve your communication aims, whether that be on your website, in publications or in your in-house communications.


My own writing encompasses everything from academic writing, to blogs, to poetry. I understand the struggle that good writing involves – as Nathaniel Hawthorne once said: “Easy reading is damn hard work”. I love working with other writers in person or on-line, exchanging ideas and suggestions.


Highly qualified

  • President of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of English (NZATE) for six years; Council member for sixteen
  • Head of Department of English (later Faculty of English and Languages) for more than fifteen years
  • Recipient of an NEiTA (National Excellence in Teaching Award) in 2012
  • Recipient of a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in 2013
  • MA in English (Otago); MA in Creative Writing (Victoria); Graduate Diploma in Arts (Massey); Diploma in Teaching (Dunedin)

Widely recognised

  • Published in English in Aoteoroa and Interface.
  • Writing team member for Ministry of Education projects (Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guide for English, New Zealand Curriculum)
  • Writing team member for NZQA projects (Unit and Achievement Standards, Tasks, Revisions of Standards, Conditions of Assessment documents, Facilitator)
  • Recently led a two year, school-wide project examining and improving writing for assessment.
    Producer of professional resources and workshops for (NZATE)
  • Convener for NZATE Conferences
  • Poems published in Landfall, Sport, Turbine, Cordite and Trout.
Who can use me?

Anybody at all who has basic reading and writing skills. You can work alone or with friends or colleagues, at a time that suits you.

How long do I need coaching help?

I specialise in specific, goal-focussed coaching, so you’ll need help until you decide you’ve met the goals we set. This usually takes between one and six sessions.

What do I need?

We’ll work that out together. All my work begins with a consultation, where we look at where you are and where you want to be.

How much will it cost?

Costs vary, depending on the length and nature of the work, where it takes place and how many are attending. Contact me to discuss your requirements and needs.