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how i can help you

 freelance feature writing for newspapers, magazines, blogs, newsletters or house newspapers

  • ghost writing, fiction, non-fiction, articles

  • copy-editing and proof reading

  • manuscript appraisals for books, fiction or non-fiction

  • writing workshops online

  • tutoring on distant learning courses for writers

Prices are individual, by project length and subject to discussion. 


Please contact me by email or phone or fill in the form below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you receive my message taker by phone, please do leave a message for my response. 


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Zoom workshops for 2023

The zoom feature writing courses I gave in June and October 2022 and the January/February 2023 non-fiction pitching and marketing course were a huge success. More details can be found on the zoom workshops page of

Courses include an optional 2,000-word appraisal of students' work afterwards. Contact for details of future courses.


'Really helpful workshop thanks, best bits - getting insider advice and personal feedback and brainstorming together/ working together with other participants too.' Nicola


'Thank you for the Course. It was Great!' Gordon  

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Living Left-Handed was published by Bloomsbury and launched at Harrods. It was the definitive book on the topic for the lay reader and I became a regular broadcaster on TV and radio for some years to come. It was translated into several languages. Now out of print, I own the publishing rights.

my writing path

  •  editorial assistant, TV Times

  • senior reporter, local newspapers; 

    • bylined page editor: theatre

    • bylined group woman's page editor to two newspaper groups

  • freelance features, national newspapers and magazines, eg Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Stage, The Lady and many others

  • editor:

    • Call Boy - British Music Hall Society magazine

    • various house magazines

  • editorial board Manchester Justice

  • creative writing tutor - fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, scriptwriting :

    • Writers' News

    • The Writers' Bureau

    • Open College of the Arts

    • ​Secondary school writing workshops

  • editorial consultant - my consultancy, Keyword Editorial 

  • publisher  - my educational publishing company, Dextral Books

  • CACDP trained and qualified text summariser in real time for deaf people

  • MA from University of Salford in TV/radio scriptwriting

  •  by traditional publishers:

    • Living Left-handed (Bloomsbury);

    • Left-handed Helpline (Dextral Books) - British Medical Association (BMA) award;

    • Left-hander's Handbook (Robinswood) -  2nd BMA award;

    • ADHD: The Essential Guide (Need2Know Books)

  • radio play A Bench in the Park for hospital radios UK and USA

  • member Society of Authors

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Editorial assistant at TV Times with Vi Carson - Ena SharpIes from Coronation Street - in the early days and scriptwriter  Brian Finch at cocktail party. 

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After my rights were returned, the publisher pirated the contents and re-published under his own name. Sadly, no law against pirating. Unless you know better! 


'Very successful... Diane is so clear in her advice, encouraging & inspirational. I really feel buoyed up after her sessions.' Susan

Left-handed Helpline received a book award from the British Medical Association. I was one of only two writers who had ever won more than one award from the BMA. It was published by my own educational publishing company, Dextral Books and I was awarded a research grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Another BMA award winner. After many years in print, taken over by the publisher who insisted on rehashing it so that it could no longer qualify for the award I'd won! But this edition remains, with its award forever and can easily be bought from most second-hand book dealers and E-bay. Sadly, I don't receive royalties this way. 

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