Melanie Tait

I’ve been writing since I could pick up a pencil and make alphabet shapes. Honestly.

Now that I have a computer and can make proper alphabet shapes, I'd love to work with you on helping you tell your story in a way that will have your clients immediately understand what it is you’re sharing with them.

For the past eleven years, I’ve been a radio journalist with the ABC, while writing on the side. Gradually I realised this ‘on the side’ part of my job is what I love the most and so now I’m a freelancer – having written for everyone from The Guardian to news.com.au to Runner’s World. I’ve also written a book and a play over that time, so maybe ‘on the side’ isn’t quite right…

My work is all about being conversational and making your complex work as easy to understand as possible for those you’re trying to sell it to.

After years of hourly deadlines, I have no problems with a tight deadline. When we work together, you’ll find me friendly, reliable, punctual and super easy to communicate with - hangovers from radio days!

my core skills

Storytelling coaching

speech writing

investigative journalism

op ed

content writing

Q & A

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

My first play, The Vegemite Tales, ran in London for seven years. The last two, on the West End at London's Leicester Square Theatre.

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

I usually spend 3 days a week working on my corporate and journalism work, with the other two days on my next play and book.

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

It's glorious. I work in a small office in my home in Bellerive, Tasmania. I live across the road from Bellerive Beach, so while I work for you, I'm gazing at the ocean, sorry...!

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

My background in storytelling - for the stage and the radio means I can construct your narrative in a way I know is going to break through to the people you're targeting.

What are the tools of your trade?

My laptop, my sense of humour and my dogs.

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

Yes - my whole life as a theatre maker is collaboration. Working in theatre teaches you that no person is a majestic island - that everyone's contribution is important.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

I'm very new to this, so watch this space!

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