Storytelling and feature writing services

Telling your story or that of your customers

is at the heart of a memorable piece of writing.

The best features or case studies start with a conversation and the right questions.
Sources and interviews
Statistics and research support the story (and tells your audience why they should care).
A research deep-dive is key
Writing the stories people want to read is where art and magic collide! Let’s do this.
Putting the pieces together

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The need for stories

So, what IS storytelling?

Storytelling is about marrying an idea or message with an emotion. Here’s why it can be so effective.

  • Using stories, including someone’s lived experience in your copy or content, is powerful stuff
  • A good story isn’t just engaging – it also helps you understand others and their perspectives
  • Stories can be evocative and far more memorable than other ways to present information
  • Storytelling can document the struggle, the journey, the triumph and the tragedy
  • It can also amuse, entertain, convince and convert (so yep, it’s a great marketing tool as well)
  • Good storytelling is a skill, as is coaxing stories out of your subjects. Not everyone can do it!

In a copywriting or content writing context, this requires a lot of preparation. Research of the subject. Writing questions. Knowing how to let an interview unfold, to create a pace; knowing how to rephrase questions to get to the heart of the story. (I also think a good storyteller is also a good listener, and someone with life experience, self-knowledge and an innate, never-say-die curiosity about other people.)

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How I work

A quick FAQ about my storytelling services

And what I might need to produce a crackin’ yarn for your magazine, website or brand.

  • Each new client I take on receives a quote for the work, a contract outlining what’s included – and an invoice (I charge a 50 percent commencement fee). There’s more about how I work on my FAQ page.

  • I’m a senior journalist adept at producing all kinds of stories, from interview-led features for magazines to posts for content marketing clients. I also write case studies, interview movers’n’shakers for ghost-written content, and am an adept podcaster who has interviewed all kinds of guests.

  • Whether you need a notoriously-difficult-to-pin-down organisation head, an expert medico or a salt-of-the-earth case study who’s never spoken to a journalist, I can find ’em. Often, a client will have a specific source for me to interview. Other times, I’ll be asked to track down a specific source (a skill in itself, especially if the person is high profile). I also have a super valuable contact book of sources I’ve used on different stories and nurtured for many years, which saves an enormous amount of time.

Here are a few I prepared earlier

I’ve interviewed hundreds of people over the years. My stories have appeared in magazines, on websites, in content marketing pieces and on podcasts. Here are just a few of my stories (you’ll find a lot more in my portfolio).

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