Writing workshops

Coming up in 2020

Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva, The Hague, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rome, Vienna

or +33-6-6517-3966


Andrew Johnston  |  Trainer, editor and consultant

I specialize in editing, writing and training for international agencies and non-government organizations. I am an editor with 25 years’ newspaper experience in New Zealand and Europe, including 11 years at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where I was deputy editor of the editorial pages from 2001 to 2007. In 2009, I founded my own consultancy. DOWNLOAD MY CV (PDF, 1MB)

Since 2013 I have given more than 130 writing skills workshops in 15 countries for staff from more than 150 international organizations, including the OECD (Paris), The Global Fund (Geneva), the Overseas Development Institute (London) and 25 United Nations agencies. In my workshops I specialise in helping policy, research and communications staff write clearly for a wide, non-specialist audience.

As well as leading writing workshops, I write and edit publications for a wide range of agencies, particularly in the development field. I have edited the Africa Progress Report (2012-2016) and the UN’s major annual education report (the EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2010-2014). Other clients include the African Development Bank, Kofi Annan Foundation, OECD Development Centre, Global Partnership for Education, International Center for Transitional Justice, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Amnesty International and the Open Society Foundations.

I bring to my editing work a deep regard for language developed in my other life as a poet and critic.

I’ve published six collections of poetry and edited two poetry anthologies (see www.andrewjohnston.org).

I won New Zealand’s national poetry award in 2017 (for Fits & Starts) and 1994 (for How to Talk).

Discussing the Africa Progress Report at expert consultation meetings with former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan (2014, above) and the report's lead author, Kevin Watkins (2013, below). © Africa Progress Panel

Andrew Johnston, 8 rue Robert Blache, 75010 Paris, France  |  andrew@wordsforchange.com  |  +336-6517-3966