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HR advisor’s passion for writing helps make workplaces better

An employee engagement advisor and content writer Rebecca Griffiths has been writing for many years both for fun and to market her freelance services. She has tried her hand at blogs and online articles but wanted to develop her writing further.

by Emily Pedder

“My educational background is in occupational psychology and I have been self-employed as a consultant for almost a year. I run Rebecca Griffiths Consultants Ltd and contract as an associate with established consultancies in the fields of change management, employee engagement, applying psychology to business, training and communications. My work gives me the opportunity to develop happier and healthier workplaces.

“I design and deliver training programmes to develop people and their skills in the workplace by assessing how they currently work and suggesting improvements to their practice and therefore work output. I base my recommendations on the results of staff surveys, focus groups and one-to-one conversations to gain insight into how people feel at work.

“Being self-employed is something I’ve wanted to do since being very young, and I feel I am now living my dream. There is a lot of scope for me to grow the business: skills in my field are in huge demand and are becoming more and more valued across the business world.”

Rebecca does a lot of writing as part of her job from blogs and web articles related to her professional field to narratives for leadership conferences and organizational change programmes.

“My writing style is honest and raw. I like to tell it how it is, so non-fiction feels right to me. I don’t like to pretend or clutter my true feelings and ideas about the world. I feel fiction writing may be in my future, but currently I like to write about reality.”

Rebecca chose to do the Narrative Non-fiction course to get critiques on her writing and to learn new skills. She picked City because it “offers a great range of writing courses, specifically around non-fiction writing, which are much harder to find. The price was reasonable for an evening class, and it was easy for me to get to”. Not only was her course informative and engaging, it also gave Rebecca a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. “The folk I’ve met at City are welcoming and keen to teach and learn. It’s an exciting place to develop as a writer.”

“It also helped me to realize that I can write and to hear that lack of confidence in writers is not uncommon with many other people in the class experiencing the same feelings.

“The tutor, Peter Forbes, brought carefully chosen quotes and passages to the class, and these helped me to see how I could bring colour and life to my writing by applying the same techniques. He helped us to understand the world of a writer through explaining how to cope with rejection – inevitable in writing for publication – and how to approach editors. He taught us how to continue to develop our skills through attending other recommended courses, reading renowned non-fiction books and practicing our writing skills.”

Having completed the Narrative Non-fiction short course, Rebecca joined City’s Freelance Writing: How to Get Published in Print and Online class, taught by presenter and reporter Susan Grossman. This class focuses on the practicalities of getting published as a journalist. “It is equally enjoyable but offers the opportunity to learn very different skills.”

“The two City courses I’ve taken so far have benefitted me in different ways. The first has given me the skills to make my writing more engaging and interesting, the second is helping me to get it out into the world of the reader and make money – a necessity when running a business.”

Learn more about Rebecca: follow her on Twitter @rsg_consult.

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