Telling Your Story
Editing, Proofing Reading, Helping Find Your Voice
My own writing has developed from years at university to PhD level, writing books and articles, and sharing reflections with rural church people whose focus was the everyday practical as well as concern for ethics and justice and who would tell me openly if I wasn’t making sense.
My mother was my first teacher, insisting I learn to type properly (QWERTY) and a stickler for accuracy in grammar and spelling – the wayward apostrophes of nowadays would not suit her at all. Also important is the layout to ensure a well-presented document.
But most of all I have valued opportunities to work alongside people in finding their voice, so they can telling the story that is inside them and do it in a way that communicates with others. I learnt early in my studies the importance of other eyes reading what I have written. I might know what I am writing about but does the reader? Rev Harry Thornton, a former minister of the Church of Scotland and lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Otago in the 1970’s, was my tutor for an honours dissertation on Aristotle. His lovely Scottish voice would express great excitement when he found a sentence that worked, that is, a sentence that was clear and conveyed its meaning without ambiguity.
My experience includes reading theses and dissertations for students whose first language is not English, as well as for my own children in their university days. I have also typed up dissertations for colleagues during theological training, most of them in Samoan or other Pacific Island language.
I have studied Te Reo, gaining year 11 qualification (then School Certificate) in 2000, and continued the learning in the years since through reading and television and 15 years living and working among Ngāpuhi.
If you think I might be able to assist you in any way, do get in touch. Koha appreciated.