Denise M Taylor

Writing Consultant I Editor I Proofreader

I am a freelance editor and writing consultant: mentoring writers (emerging and established, including academics); providing assessments for unpublished manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction); proofreading and editing; assisting businesses with their professional writing; reviewing and editing academic research essays, theses, articles and book projects.

My series, The Art of Writing & Editing, provides tips to improve writing, such as grammar, punctuation and word choice. I also help and encourage writers to self-edit their writing projects before engaging a professional editor. I taught at secondary and tertiary level for many years, and I now teach one-off sessions on writing and art history.

I have two degrees – a Bachelor of  Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) – and I’ve completed courses in creative writing,  proofreading and editing. I was awarded the Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Fine Arts) for academic merit for my thesis from The University of Melbourne.

My Musings on Art series of articles focuses on art and artists, gardens and galleries, usually associated with places I have visited. I call Melbourne (Australia) ‘home’, but travelling is one of my passions. I have indulged in a wide range of cultural experiences and visual delights across many countries, such as the mountains and glaciers of Patagonia, a sunrise and sunset over the Ganges and Mt Everest; Baroque and Renaissance art in Rome; Gothic gargoyles in France; the Taj Mahal in India; Greek and Roman antiquities; Buddhist temples and Zen gardens in Japan; frescoes in Florence; poetry reading in Keats’ London house; the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh; ancient temples and amphitheatres in Turkey and Sicily; and the sublime fjords of Norway. I have not only visited major art galleries and museums around the world, such as the National Gallery in London, the Uffizi in Florence, the Capitoline in Rome, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Louvre in Paris, and the extraordinary selection in New York, but I have also engaged with art in smaller private galleries, and in public spaces, including gardens

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be where we started
And know the place for the first time.

(T.S. Eliot, ‘Little Gidding’ from Four Quartets, 1927)