In late July 2016 I will be visiting Wellington to give two specialist one-day writing workshops(see flyers at right).
Writing for change: policy and communications, July 26, is designed to help policy, research and communications staff persuade and motivate a wide range of readers.
Writing for international audiences, July 25, is aimed at people who prepare briefings, speeches, position papers and other documents for international partners, meetings and forums.
My workshops differ in several key ways from other writing skills training offered in New Zealand:
- I have extensive experience of training for international organisations. I have given 50 workshops in 8 countries, for staff from more than 60 groups, including 20 UN agencies.
- I am both a practitioner and a trainer: I continue to write and edit for a wide range of international agencies.
- My training and editing are founded on 25 years in journalism, including 11 years at the International Herald Tribune.
- I am familiar with high-level contexts. I regularly write speeches and commentaries on behalf of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and other opinion-makers.
- I have an understanding of New Zealand perspectives as well as an international outlook (I moved from New Zealand to Europe 20 years ago).
As well as open workshops, I’m available to give one-day in-house workshops while I’m in Wellington (July 27-29).