About me

I love writing and language, and I bring this passion to my work as a freelance writer and accredited editor.

Nick Turner, freelance writer and accredited editor

Since establishing NT Writing & Editing in 2008, I’ve earned a reputation as a skilled wordsmith and a reliable and flexible editor.

In 2009, I was recognized as an accredited editor by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). IPEd renewed my accreditation in 2014. I’m also a professional member of IPEd’s New South Wales branch, Editors NSW, and have attended a number of professional development workshops and seminars. I also attended national editors conferences in Sydney (2011) and Canberra (2015).

Before going freelance, I had a 14-year diplomatic career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). I served at headquarters in Canberra as well as in Warsaw, Paris and Moscow.

I honed my writing skills in DFAT, producing high-quality policy reports, submissions to ministers, official correspondence, diplomatic dispatches, media releases, publicity material and speeches.

I later worked in marketing at the Sydney-based Export Finance and Insurance Corporation—the Australian Government’s export credit agency—where I further developed my corporate writing skills.

My keen interest in foreign languages adds to my understanding and appreciation of English grammar and expression. I achieved fluency in French, Russian and Polish and learned the basics of Mandarin, Vietnamese and Lao.

Education and qualifications

1991—Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney
1993—Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian National University
2001—Master of Arts (International Relations), Deakin University
2004—Master of Development Administration, Australian National University
2009—Accredited editor, Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)—accreditation renewed in 2014
2013—Professional member, Society of Editors (NSW)—now Editors NSW (a branch of IPEd)

The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd)
Nick Turner is an IPEd-accredited editor.