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Why I Love Working with Post Graduate Students

Working with post-graduate students on their academic writing skills usually begins with a conversation about one of two things: getting the academic style right, and/or constructing an argument....

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How to Write a Business Report

Do you feel stressed by reports? Anxious about sounding professional, or worried about making technical concepts accessible to your reader? Read on for some tips about report writing. You’ve got the content sorted, the overall structure in place – you might even have a template. It’s the sentence-by-sentence...

Harness the Power of Story

People connect with stories. Businesses that utilise this fact prosper, particularly when their stories resonate with customers’ values....

Secondary Schools Writing Conference

Why is writing important, anyway?

I’m extremely shortsighted. In fact, if I put my glasses somewhere slightly different at night, I can’t find them in the morning. In medieval times, I would have just got by seeing the world as a vague blur – distinguishing people by their shape and sound....

Run Away to Write!

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Writing is something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t. It’s so easy to put other things first – the kids, work, volunteering, even craft. You’re not entirely sure what’s stopping you from making the commitment, or if those barriers...

Secondary Schools Writing Conference

Finding Your Voice

Writing for school and then tertiary institutions can be reductive: you’re pushed into a formal, distanced voice. It’s taken me years to undo that training, so that when I need to, I can sound more like myself on the page....

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Why Write Your Story?

I’m lucky – I come from a family of people who liked to write. People who didn’t have a lot of formal education, but who kept diaries and wrote memoirs. As a consequence, I have the words of great uncles, grandmothers and my mother. These have...

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What’s a Writing Course?

What actually happens in one of my writing courses? How can I improve your writing skills? I’ve been working in a lot of different writing spaces lately, because I tailor my writing sessions to meet every client’s needs. I thought I’d take some time to take...

NCEA Essay

How to Write an Essay – and Why

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] You’ve had lots of advice about how to write an essay. You’ve been given templates and organising principles.  You’ve seen formulae for the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. The advice has been sensible and specific. So why, when you sit...