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I have been offering an editing and proofreading service since the early 1990s, when I completed my studies at the University of Cape Town, obtaining a B.A. (Hons) in English Language and Literature.
I enjoy helping postgraduate students and lecturers to finalise their dissertations (PhD, Master’s, Honours level) across a range of faculties and departments at UCT and other tertiary education institutions.
I have also edited and proofread numerous journal articles, conference papers, books, and assorted formal and informal writings.
I like to use a mentoring approach to work with my clients; this involves reading successive drafts of their documents and guiding them towards greater clarity in expression and better ways of structuring and presenting their arguments.
I am experienced and reliable, and offer a very comprehensive service, which includes the following:
• Correcting spelling, punctuation and grammar
• Checking consistency of formatting and layout
• Advising on structure of paragraphs and flow of argument
• Ensuring consistency of references in the text and in footnotes, and proofreading the bibliography
• Suggesting improvements of style and expression if necessary
Since 2008, I have been focusing on creative writing, using my blog “Grains of Sand” (namibsands.wordpress.com) as a creative outlet, especially in the area of travel writing. I often write about places we have visited, mainly in the Western Cape, but also further afield in Namibia, Ireland and the USA. I have also re-discovered a passion for photography, and have attended several digital photography courses.
This motivated me to self-publish a book I had written about a visit to the Garden Route, "Gold Mines, Elephants and Foefie Slides: An Adventurous Weekend on the Garden Route".
I have written articles for publication on the web and in magazines, and an updated list can be found on my website namibsands.co.za.
Many of these have involved taking photographs at events (such as military parades, memorial services and others) organised by the Defence Reserves in the Western Cape, and writing the accompanying text. These articles have been published on various military websites as well as in the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine and on my own blog.
Two events that stand out for me were the Cape Town Military Tattoos of 2010 and 2012, where I went behind the scenes to capture the experience in photographs and the written word.
My articles and photographs have also been published in the Pinelands Muse Magazine, the Newsletter of the Square Kilometre Array South Africa, and the Equestrian Express magazine.
In 2012, I attended a Feature Article Writing course, presented by André Wiesner and run by online education company GetSmarter, in order to become more proficient at writing for publication.