I’m Margie Riley, a writer, editor and proofreader. I’ve also been described as a wordsmith—that delights me. I have a thorough grounding in English enabling me to make pertinent suggestions for my clients. I’m conscious of the need to maintain and to promote the writer’s voice. I’d love to help you with your projects, large or small. I provide a personal service: one-on-one sessions either by Skype or, if you live in the Greater Brisbane area, in person.

English is an evolving language and some of the more rigid rules of grammar have been relaxed; however, spelling and punctuation gaffes, jumbled sentence construction and the incorrect choice of words are not yet acceptable (thank goodness) to discerning readers. In other words, I make my clients’ works accessible and enjoyable to their readers.

As a presenter of small, non-confrontational workshops on a variety of topics to creative writers’ groups I gain a real buzz. I am able to look at writing and story-telling from both a writer’s point of view and that of an editor. My network grows with each presentation. I love to share knowledge and to help other writers with their work. I presented at the 2015 and 2016 Writers Group Convention.

Another big high is judging short stories; I love to read other people’s work. There’s so much talent out there.

I’ve also recently become involved with ghost writing. This is a fascinating insight into others’ lives and, with regard to the person whose story one tells, an exercise in altering the voice to fit the subject and topic. Who says once we ‘retire’ that’s the end!

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