The Juicy Stuff
The best freelancer is the one you don’t have to think about. The copy comes in, on time, on-target, and with i’s dotted and t’s crossed. If I have a question, I ask early. If you have a question or need something changed, I respond straight away.
In essence, you're probably asking: who is Ellen? And can I trust her? The short answer is: I’m still figuring that out; and yes you can. My particular speciality is grant-writing, tender-writing, proposal-writing or any other form of written application. I have a decade or so of experience in management positions, with an interest and focus on business development. In short, I also write advertising and promotion copy, but I’m always keen to understand the strategy behind the words. For this reason, I am particularly good at gigs that need a balance between brain and brawn – annual reports, corporate newsletters, strategic communications etc.
I’m good at writing because I love it. It’s somewhere between a dance and a wrestling match. Ideas float around, and it’s my job to pull them down from the sky and pin them to a word, a sentence, a paragraph. It’s a grounding exercise, and it is the life-force of our social world.
The Background Stuff
So, how did I get here? I studied a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts as an undergraduate. I turned myself inside out to reach the ‘First Class Honours’ holy grail. I reached my goal, but it also taught me a few important lessons about self-care. As a student I was the sole employee of a small not-for-profit arts collective. I did everything from vacuuming the floor to writing the grants. Again, I learned a lot (and we got a lot of grants!).
My partner and I decided to build a house, so after I graduated from Honours I got a job as a lowly admin person at a University. Part luck and part smarts, I found myself in much more senior positions after a year or two. I ‘cut my teeth’ in management as Business Manager for the School of Pharmacy, during which time I completed a Master of Business, specialising in business development. I was then upgraded to the Business Manager of the School of Medicine. I was good at my job, but also eager to pursue new frontiers, so I initiated a number of more exciting side projects.
I got an opportunity to jump sideways and took on a Program Management role for a major Commonwealth-funded hospital change initiative facilitated by the University, and I also took on a PhD as part of this project. I am currently in the final year of my PhD, and to pay the bills I run a small consultancy business, taking in health system reform gigs and copywriting work.
my core skills
tender and grant writing
advertising and promotion copywriting