I have 35 years experience as a journalist and belong to Wordworks, a Brighton-based collective of writers with a diverse portfolio of corporate writing, business and literary journalism to academic and creative writing and mentoring.
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Profile last updated: 2012-09-10 15:52:49
I am a non-fiction writer, editor and writing mentor. I have been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Surrey and Sussex Universities and I am an associate lecturer in creative writing for the Open University.
I have written for national newspapers, specialist magazines, published two non-fiction books on retail design and globalisation and edited a bilingual English/Arabic collection of reminiscences by Sudanese refugees. I have also published four collections of poetry.
I have contributed to a leadership programme for Unilever and Arts&Business (Unleashed) and worked with many other businesses including Marks & Spencer, Eurotunnel and Whittard on professional writing.
Recent writing commissions include company profiles for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2012, Allen & Overy International Partners' Conference Monaco 2012 and copy editing for the London Business School.
Jackie Wills mentored me for a year and not only did I thoroughly enjoy every session, but I learnt a great deal about all aspects of writing. Jackie was a fun, engaging, kind and supportive mentor, full of ideas to get past the blank first page and tap into what I wanted to write. She is a great editor, encouraging me to be more ruthless in removing wasteful words to get great impact. I still notice the impact of our sessions several years later, on both my personal and professional writing. Katherine Mellor, Arts Director, Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity
I have had the opportunity to work with Jackie on a wide range of projects over the last four years. At Creamer and Lloyd we have commissioned her to write poems and specific pieces of copy and she has joined workshops as a creative partner and facilitator, drawing out language and meaning and bringing her expertise and perspective to the room with great effect. In 2010 I collaborated with Jackie on the extraordinary task of re-writing all the brand copy for tea and coffee company Whittard. This was central to a two-year re-branding process that she was an integral part of. Jackie was a fantastic writing partner and mentor. Sophia Hill, Producer, Creamer & Lloyd, London