I’m Amanda Dickerson. I’m a copywriter, editor and experienced public servant. I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. As a child I would make up stories to entertain my siblings and cousin. As a teenager, I made up stories to fool my parents. And now as an adult, I have the pure joy of being able tell stories and help others tell their stories for a living. I love to immerse myself in new topics and industries and learn and pass on knowledge.
I first ventured to university fresh out of school, without any idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I picked something I thought I’d enjoy – a Bachelor of Arts in Writing – and soon knew that was what I wanted to do. Unfortunately I didn’t have a clue how to go about getting a writing job once I had my degree in hand, hence the varied career below. Some years later, a colleague and I decided it would be fun to do a Masters in Strategic Communication. While working full time. And while I was also selling my house. And having fertility treatment. I handed in my final assignment six days before my first child was born. You might say that I’m good with deadlines.
My career has been extremely varied, but has encompassed volunteering on an archaeological survey in Turkey; serving in the navy, including on operations in the Solomon Islands; working as a public servant in environmental policy; and of course communications, writing and editing.
I’ve written for and edited a newspaper with more than 210,000 subscribers; created and managed social media accounts for a government agency; assessed tender documentation; been a technical writer on a major defence IT project; recruited permanent and contract staff into the public service; and written more briefs and communication plans than I can remember.
The side effect of all this is that I’m willing to have a go at anything. I’m great at getting up to speed quickly on new topics and I love to find the words that work for you.