Bad writing costs. Good writing pays.
We’ll get your team writing clear, engaging,
effective text every time.
The Writer’s House provides personalised training tailored to meet the needs of workplace writers. From CEO’s to frontline staff, we understand that successful business outcomes depend on effective communication.
Whether you are a small business owner, or part of a large corporate, The Writer’s House can provide you and your team with the knowledge and confidence to produce accurate, engaging writing that gets the job done.
We aim to build writing skill and efficiency in the workplace. With our support and guidance your team will learn how to plan, draft and edit their workplace writing to be clear, concise and coherent every time.
Who we are
Morag MacTaggart Director
In 2014 Morag received a cry of help from one of Dunedin’s principal corporates. Poor writing practice was wasting time and company resources.
Jette de Jong Associate
Jette has had a love of writing and words since she learnt how to print her name at the age of 3. While her siblings spent their pocket money on sweets, she could be found in the stationery aisle, adding to her collection of pens, pencils and notebooks.
Diane Dupres Associate
Diane discovered the art of a good performance at the tender age of seven. Using improvisation she managed to talk her way out of a difficult situation with the school bully. She drew quite an appreciative audience and lived to tell the tale. From then on she was hooked by a love of all things performative.
What our clients say
Morag had a great manner, she was engaging and informative. The most helpful part of her workshop for me was revising the basics and remembering the “flesh and blood!”
Leanne Mash – Former Chief Executive
I would absolutely recommend Morag’s workshops. We revisited our sentence structure to find the “who is doing what” and were reminded to always write for the reader. Each part was built on the previous part, all of it was helpful.
Nikki Williams – Library Collections Manager
I would definitely recommend Morag’s courses. We identified the basics, used them in new and practical ways and then put it all into our current use.
Maree Way – Properties and Facilities Officer
This was a really good presentation. Only problem; it made me realise how much work I need to do to improve my writing technique! The entire workshop was really helpful; it was great to revisit what makes clear writing.
Paula Penno – Community Development Manager
Morag’s ideas about passive and active sentences and when to use them were very helpful; also helpful was the discussion about the ways we can create coherence in our documents.
Murray Hasler – Roading Manager
Morag gave us key ideas with good examples that were easy to understand. We then applied them to our report writing. I would recommend her workshops.
Tara Bates – Council Property and Facilities Officer
Thank you; you made the process easy.
Shirley Howden – Regional Identity Manager
Morag gave us very practical steps to use to improve our sentence structure. Her explanations and examples of the differences between active and passive voice and why we should reduce our use of nominalisations were most helpful.
Campbell Thomson – Senior City Planner
This is my second time on one of Morag’s courses; they are more valuable each time.
Michael Harrison – Business Development Advisor
I would absolutely recommend Morag. She gave very clear explanations, her subject matter and presentation was very interesting.
Donna McTavish – Financial Analyst
A very good reminder of why it is so important to be clear, concise and coherent.
Wai Piggott – Financial Analyst
Morag gave me really clear feedback about my report writing, I would recommend her courses.
Emma Cornelius – Parks and Recreational Planner
Learning how to construct a well written letter was most helpful, I would recommend Morag
Nicky Wallace – Animal Services
Someone who understood dyslexia! I don’t know where the three hours went! Thank you.
Lester Paisley – Plumbing and Drainage Officer
Morag’s seminar exceeded my expectations. It was pitched at a level I could understand and in a way that I could take away and remember the new information. Having the one on one time to go through my report was really helpful. I’d like to keep working with Morag and keep progressing my training.
Rosie Given – Resource Management Planner
Really well presented, pitched for all levels, excellent guidelines for writing active sentences would definitely recommend.
Tony Osborne – Building Control Officer
Anyone who deals with clients, customers or staff would benefit from The Writer’s House workshops.
Russell Patterson – Building Control Manager
First we were given good writing principles and sentence construction details, then we applied our new knowledge to our own recent reports, this gave us opportunities to learn from our mistakes and time to improve. Would recommend!
Ian Soper – Parks and Recreation Manager
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