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Our writing/editing coaches – supporting all storytellers, including neurodivergent and disabled writers

Our diverse team of coaches (all contractors) includes neurodivergent, disabled and gender diverse (LGBTQI+) people. We live in Katoomba, NSW; Darwin, NT; Cairns, QLD; and Bendigo, Moe (Gippsland) and Melbourne, VIC. All our coaches live in Australia, and have signed a confidentiality agreement with us.

We coach clients in writing and self-editing short stories, novels, collections of poems, memoir,  articles, essays and other non-fiction writing. Our writing and self-editing coaches coach people via Zoom, phone, Word Track Changes or other platforms, and provide our clients with the support and knowledge they need to meet their writing, self-editing, editing or self-publishing goals.

Some of the coaches on our team are qualified editors who are professional members of IPEd and experienced in editing a range of genres, and we can coach you in writing and self-editing at a professional level. Our other coaches are not qualified editors, but accurate typists who can type as fast as you speak. They consult with people who cannot type or use a computer, and document the person’s verbal information or stories for them.

To see our approach to providing coaching support and collaborative editing support to our clients, and what we can teach writers through coaching, click here.

Sally-Anne Watson Kane is the supervisor and coordinator of our coaching team, and all the coaches report to her. She ensures each client’s coaching plan is on track or going in the direction that suits the client’s needs and wishes, checks in on clients from time to time, and is available for all clients to contact her at any time.

When you contact Sally-Anne asking for a coach, she will spend some time working out your specific needs, wishes and goals, and choose the coach on our team who she thinks is the best match. She then brings you and the coach together in a Zoom meeting to see whether or not you and that coach “click” and want to work together. Note: if you want, Sally-Anne can enable you to meet a couple of our coaches so you can choose which one you prefer.

Our writing/editing coaches are:

Editor coach Sally-Anne Watson Kane (professional member of IPEd)

Writer coach Sally-Anne

Sally-Anne coaches (and edits for) people who are neurodivergent and/or have disabilities, including NDIS participants, in writing and self-editing. Editing expertise: structural editing of life stories, memoir, poetry, non-fiction, and also novels and short stories. Currently coaching clients who suffer from depression, PTSD, anxiety, schizophrenia and/or bipolar. Professional member of Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd); and Professional member of Life Stories Australia. Lives in Moe, Gippsland and regularly visits Bendigo, Central Victoria.

Editor coach Deb Wain (professional member of IPEd)

Deb Wain coach

Deb coaches (and  edits for) people who are neurodivergent and/or have disabilities, in writing and self-editing. Editing and coaching expertise: 15 years’ experience in developmental and copy editing of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and teaching and workshopping poetry and other creative writing. She is proficient in Auslan, and experienced in coaching neurodivergent clients. Qualifications include Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing (2010), Graduate Diploma of Deaf Studies (Auslan) and PhD in Creative Writing – Keepers of Culture: Women, Food and Writing.  Professional member of Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd). Lives in Central Victoria.

Editor coach Kyla-Jayne Rajah (professional member of IPEd)

Writer coach Kyla-Jayne

Kyla-Jayne (KJ) coaches (and edits for) people who are neurodivergent and/or have  disabilities, in writing and self-editing. Editing expertise: structural and copy editing memoir, fiction and non-fiction, and poetry. She is an experienced writer-coach of neurodivergent clients (NDIS participants). Professional member of Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd). Lives in Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

Writer coach Peter Loupelis (assoc. member of IPEd)

Writer coach Peter Loupelis

Pete coaches people who are neurodivergent and/or have  disabilities, in writing and self-editing. He is a neurodivergent editor with expertise in coaching in general writing (including grammar and punctuation). He holds a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology, has been a lecturer in Chinese Medicine, and was employed by his university as academic coach (APA6) teaching students how to research and write to the academic standards required. Associate member of Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd). Lives in Melbourne, Victoria.

Scribe-coach Kyle Walmsley

Kyle is a documenter of oral histories. He coaches people who can tell their stories but cannot type due to their neurodivergence or disability. Kyle types while the storyteller speaks, prompting them for more details as necessary, and document their story for them. He coaches and supports the person to provide all the details and descriptions necessary for their story, until the content of their manuscript is written and is ready for the next stage of editing. Kyle identifies as LGBTQI+, and lives in Katoomba, NSW.

Scribe-coach Natalie Trainer

Darwin

Natalie is a documenter of oral histories. She coaches people who can tell their stories but cannot type due to their neurodivergence or disability. She  types while the storyteller speaks, prompting them for more details as necessary, and document their story for them. Natalie coaches and supports the person to provide all the details and descriptions necessary for their story, until the content of their manuscript is written and is ready for the next stage of editing. Natalie lives in Palmerston, NT.

Check out the whole On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading team, here.

Image: Copyright S W Kane.


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