Elaine is currently working as a freelance writer while continuing further studies at Deakin, undertaking the Masters of Communication.
She initially completed a Graduate Certificate in Journalism but decided to continue studying as she found the practical skills she was gaining were ‘enhancing the quality of [her] freelance work.’
During 2009 she also expects to finish writing a book about a little-known Melbourne-based organisation which provides beautiful homes for elderly homeless people.
Elaine has combined her past business experience with new writing skills to work on freelance projects that include corporate newsletters, advertorial articles, annual reports, strategic plans, profile articles and training booklets. Her clients include local government, corporations and not-for-profit organisations. She also works one day per week as the Chief Financial Officer for Movember (the moustache growing charity). Elaine says she is pleased to find that she can focus on her new career while still using the experience she has gained from twenty years’ industry experience.
Studying at Deakin after twenty years in finance and business, Elaine ‘loved the experience of learning’ and using the creative side of her brain: ‘I had thought it likely that after two decades it would take a while to fit into campus study, but I felt comfortable at Deakin from day one.’ She says she ‘expected the course to be theoretical’, but ‘many subjects have provided invaluable practical skill building.’ She also appreciated the opportunity to receive peer feedback on writing exercises.
For the future, Elaine plans to continue as a freelance writer, but to focus on writing feature articles, profiles and creative non-fiction books. She admits that ‘every new piece of non-fiction requires extensive research’, but asks, ‘what could be better than spending my days learning about new topics and talking to new people?!’