With 25 years of writing – from newspapers, to magazines, to specialist health and local government publishing – under her belt, Lynne feels like she has a thing or two to share about writing well under pressure. And as a former local government manager, she knows from the inside the challenges of writing at work.
Lynne set up Laracy Communications to help writers at work express themselves clearly and concisely. Leading up to that, here’s a few of the other roles she’s had.
- Publications manager, Auckland City Council.
- Deputy editor, Directions, NZ Automobile Association magazine.
- Online content manager, everybody, consumer health website.
- Managing editor, Asian Medical News (Hong Kong).
- Senior writer and news editor, New Zealand Doctor newspaper.
- Journalist, Eastern Courier; and contributor to Grace, Next and More magazines.
Oh, and before that, she was a physiotherapist. This taught her a lot about the importance of communicating complicated information in plain language, so her patients could better manage their health and wellbeing.
Memberships and other stuff
- Guest lecturer, AUT Professional Writing Course, and advisory board member for the AUT Professional Communication major.
- Member, Plain Language Association International.
- Member, Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand. Contributor to their journal, and occasional presenter at their meetings.
- Member, New Zealand Association of Training and Development.
- Member, Clarity, a plain legal language advocacy group.
- Judge, the WriteMark Plain English Awards 2010.
Lynne clearly has a comprehensive understanding of not only the content but the best way to train it. Her background as a journalist gives her instant credibility and myriad examples to draw on to reinforce the training. She has a great sense of humour and I was impressed with the way she expertly managed the group to keep us all on track.Tom Spratt, Technical Operations Manager – Applications, Fonterra
We all enjoyed Lynne’s lively and engaging presentation style and we have seen great improvements in our team’s written abilities. I feel that anyone who writes as part of their day-to-day work can benefit from attending one of Lynne’s sessions.Ben Hutchison, Team Leader, Customer Services, Auckland Council