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Speaking engagements

As well as expanding my CPD, giving talks, workshops or seminars is a wonderful way to engage with authors and editors, and so keep in touch with their needs, concerns and expectations.

  • Edinburgh Writers’ Forum. Debunking Editing Myths and Tips for Self-editing. With Helen Bleck.

  • Cymera Festival. Publishing pitfalls and how to avoid them: An editor’s guide. With Helen Beck and Andrew Hodges

  • CIEP annual conference:

    • Lightning Talk. Who dares wings

    • Full-day pre-conference training course. Introduction to Fiction Editing

    • Live Editing session (fiction)

    • An Introduction to Fiction Editing: Mind over Matter

  • Writers' Neuk. General editing matters

  • Consultant, trainer and editor (voluntary). SafeSpace charity write-athon

  • Kingston University publishing conference. Seminar. How do you know if it’s any good? Remaining objective about your work, recruiting objective feedback, working with editors – Why this is essential, not optional

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Scotland). Workshop. Welcome to Success

  • Informal talks to:

    • Various writers' groups

    • CIEP, Glasgow & Edinburgh Groups

    • Professional Development Day, CIEP Glasgow & NE Scotland Groups

    • Creative Careers Fair, University of Edinburgh

    • PublishEd Society, University of Edinburgh

It's been such a wonderful learning experience. Thank you for giving us your time and energy and joy for writing!

Maritsa Grey, author, Middle Way mentee & student, HarperCollins Author Academy

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Publications and guest blogs

  • Chapter 9. ‘How do you know if it's any good?’ with Gale Winskill. In: The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing, Alison Baverstock (Bloomsbury, 2011), pp. 115–129.

  • ‘Self-Publishing: any good?’ Editing Matters: The magazine for editors and proofreaders (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, November 2010), p. 4.

  • ‘You've written a children's book. Now what?’ Thistleblower: The Newsletter for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Scotland. (March 2009), p. 12.


Written under my maiden name, F.G Taylor:

  • Active Composition, F.G Taylor, M. Reive & H.D. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1995).

  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book One, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994).

  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book Two, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994).


Guest blogs

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