Denise M Taylor

Writing Consultant I Editor I Proofreader I Teacher

I am a freelance writing consultant: mentoring writers (emerging and established, including academics); providing appraisals for unpublished manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction); proofreading and editing; assisting businesses with their professional writing; reviewing and editing academic research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 grammar, writing and editing. I taught at secondary and tertiary level for many years, and I now teach courses on writing skills 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  from The University of Melbourne for my 2013 thesis. Accordingly, I have up-to-the-minute knowledge of academic writing: books, essays, theses, presentations, abstracts, bibliographies, journal articles, and reports.

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.

My Musings on Art series of articles focuses on art and artists, gardens and galleries, usually associated with places I have visited. I also write reviews of art exhibitions.

It was lovely to meet you here the other night for the launch of ‘Vibrant Matter’, I hope you enjoyed the evening. Thank you so much for your considered and generous review of the exhibition.  It was great to read your thoughts on the show and particularly your response to the selection of works in the article, which were beautifully articulated. (Anthony Fitzpatrick, curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art) April 2013


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)