Mary Morel – writer and teacher
I, Mary Morel, founded Online Writing Training to help people develop their writing skills and feel more confident about their writing.
I have worked with words for most of my career – as a secondary school teacher, freelance writer, corporate trainer and author.
My non-fiction books are Promote Your Business, Talk Up Your Business and Write to Govern. The first two were published by Allen & Unwin and I self-published the third.
What I love about writing is that there’s always more to learn.
Becoming a grammar expert
I did not set out to become a grammar expert, but when I started writing a monthly e-newsletter over 15 years ago, people asked me grammar questions I couldn’t answer. I did a grammar paper at university, but don’t recall learning grammar at school.
The Grammar, Punctuation and Usage course is the result of years of research and answering questions. Grammar can be complex, but I’ve tried to make the course practical and relevant.
Becoming a board paper specialist
I started specialising in teaching board papers within organisations in 2007. I successfully completed the company directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and facilitated workshops for the Governance Institute of Australia for several years.
I’ve written two editions of Write to Govern. The first edition was influenced by theory; the second was based on years of reading board papers and seeing the same sorts of challenges for writers.