Georgia Keighery

My affair with writing has been long-running and saucy. In 1998, as a fresh-out and desperate actor, I co-founded Prompt Theatre with Imara Savage in Sydney. I began to write the characters I wanted to perform and I've been writing ever since. My performer passion gave way to my word nerd, and whilst I continued to write plays I halted the acting gig in favour of writing in every possible flavour, in every available minute.

In terms of freelance journalism, I've been a columnist for ArtsHub Australia, a travel writer for SheGoes, the copy editor for Spacehacker, and the contributing editor for a newly-released book "The Binge Code". I specialise in arts & culture, travel, lifestyle, health & nutrition, and profile writing.

I have 4 plays published through the Australian Script Centre, and I've had 8 scripts professionally produced both here in Australia and in the UK.

Whether I'm writing plays, features, or content, my work is always driven by human characters. Because I reckon people are the best bit. Always.

Over the last 10 years, I've lived in 8 different cities in 5 different countries, and I really hope to grow up to be a valid human being one day ... Sort of.

my core skills

Journalism

content writing

play writing

script writing

feature writing

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

I hate to bring the schmaltz here, but the truth is that the best thing to happen in my career occurs every time anyone reads my work or sees it performed, and connects with it. I know, I know, it sounds a little heavy on the corn. But that doesn't make it untrue. Someone feeling like they see something of themselves or their lives in my writing it the absolute business.

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

At the moment I'm working Mondays and Tuesdays at the Australian Council of Social Service on the digital comms for their upcoming national conference. So that's those two weekdays all taken up in their offices. However, once I'm done at ACOSS I come home and work on my freelance writing business in the evenings for a few hours. Wednesdays through to Fridays (alright, often it's actually through to Saturdays ... or Sundays) I spend the majority of my days trying to build my freelance writing work. I'm at my desk writing, I'm reading, I'm networking (virtually mostly), I'm pitching ideas and I'm researching. In short, I'm a massive writing nerd 7 days a week.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

Home office: 1960s, solid wood writing desk, iMac heaven, 1960s Mad-Men-eat-your-heart-out swivel chair, bookshelves to the left and to the right, too many typewriters to be taken seriously, a comfy-client couch, and a large cup of black coffee. Lush!

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

I think what sets me apart from other freelancers is my background as a playwright. I know dialogue. I know character. I know how to speak to people, to chat to them, through my writing. Also, did I mention I'm a nerd for writing? Possibly. Nevertheless, my nerdishness is distinguished by way of its theatricality. So, there's that.

What are the tools of your trade?

Words, words, words, baby! (and usually coffee, and a dictionary if I'm honest)

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Oh yes, please! Whenever possible! As I mentioned, I think people are the best bit, even when they're also the worst. I think collaboration raises the creative output on a project; you bounce higher when you've got something to spring off. When I've collaborated in the past it's generally worked very well over email and with the assistance of online tools like DropBox, Trello, Evernote and Google Drive.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

I MUST guard my working time and space at all costs. There's no one else to do it. I've got to be a strict boss and a compliant employee.

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