Claire teaches sell-out workshops across Australia for all levels, from beginners to experienced writers. Her workshops include travel writing, journalism, non-fiction and story telling. She is known for her engaging style of presentation and extensive hand-outs. By the end of each workshop all participants are given the the tools to craft their own compelling story.
What people say
‘Claire engaged everyone in the workshop. It was fantastic. The best workshop I’ve been to for a while.’
‘I’ve learnt more in two days at Claire’s writing workshops than two years of getting down the first draft.’
Following the successful 2007 Secrets of the Media workshop for public affairs and PR practitioners, Claire works with publicity departments to identify their best stories. She can lead workshops or offer individual client sessions and teach PR departments how to package information that editors will want to commission and journalists will want to write.
Her clients include Classic Blue, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and NSW Fire Brigades.
Aside from facilitating, Claire is also available to do corporate writing, including blogs, web content, brochure and report writing. She is known for her clear persuasive style and an ability to bring out the narrative in any story. She also works as a freelance magazine editor and sub-editor.
What people say
‘Claire was very approachable and responded to people’s questions and ideas with genuine interest. It was an action packed session with lots of practical tips.’
‘Claire was well-prepared with excellent notes and gave a clear calm presentation.’
Editing and Mentorship
Claire knows how tough it is to finish a manuscript. She worked on Last Seen in Lhasa for years before she felt brave enough to show a chapter to an agent. She’s made the mistakes and gone through the re-writes. She did it alone, but often wished there was someone she could call on.
Claire now works as a consulting/writing coach with writers at all stages. Whether you’re at the beginning of a project and developing an idea, or have a full-length travel or non-fiction memoir, she can advise on structure, craft, voice and how to revise and edit. She is also available to answer questions on how to get published and market your book. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with writer’s block, she can offer strategies on how to keep motivated.
Claire works with writers in person, via phone or via email. She tailors each session to the individual and draws on a range of creative tools, including meditation, intuitive writing and journaling, to help you stay inspired. For her rates and packages, please email Claire directly.
What people say
‘Claire was so supportive, but firm, at a time when I needed it badly. Thank you. I kept referring to your notes for inspiration and the strength to keep going!’ Hilary Linstead, Theatrical Agent.
Claire is available to conduct author interviews and moderate on panels in literary festivals. A warm, personable and inspirational speaker, she can talk on a range of subjects at functions and events.
Amanda Simons described Claire at the Sydney Writers' Festival, as ‘the stand-out interviewer, again’.
Claire has given numerous radio interviews and has spoken on Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly, Mornings with Margaret Throsby, Triple J and the ABC Radio National Bookshow. In September 2010 Claire Scobie appears on the ABC1 television show Jennifer Byrne Presents: On the Road. Claire is on this travel writing special with other panelists William Dalrymple, Tony Wheeler and Cate Kennedy.