Hi, I'm Erica - a writer, editor and teacher, residing on Kabi Kabi land on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Playlist fiend. Vinyl enthusiast, Chianti drinker. Photographer. I wake every morning to the sound of birds and temple bells, but it's the prospect of good coffee that gets me out of bed. Obsessed with breathtaking prose, real stories; the mouthfeel of a beautiful sentence, the way it feels on the tongue. Scottish blood but Queensland-born - you can usually find me with my feet in the sand, ocean or soil. I would also travel to Japan every week if could.
A mental health advocate who has spent many years as a frustrated and stifled artist and writer; I work predominantly with writers who are in the throes of finding their voice and help them to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be. I believe that everyone can write well (and good luck telling me otherwise). By identifying your strengths and blocks, and working with a curated arsenal of tools, we will work together to get you onto the right path, regardless if you are aiming for traditional or self-publication - or simply writing for yourself.
The word lacuna has always resonated with me. Defined as an unfilled space - or gap - I've always considered that absence is a crucial part of writing, just as important as words themselves. Whether it's an intentional rhythmic disruption, or a gap in the shared understanding between reader and writer, the acknowledgement of silence can be absolutely profound.
When I first became an artist, I found the gaps in my knowledge intolerable, frustrated by the fact that my work wasn't as good as I desperately wanted it to be. That's when I came across a lecture by Ira Glass, who spoke of this phenomenon explicitly, explaining why we give up at the start when in fact, with practice and direction, we can achieve almost anything. This search for something greater took me on a journey, to rock bottom and back again, eventually obtaining an M.A (WritLit), with a focus on creative nonfiction and professional editing. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with writers across myriad genres, at various stages of development, from novelists, PhD candidates, essayists, playwrights and poets.
Here, I want you to make some sense of your desire to be a better writer. A place to gain insights into the creative mind, to learn and to practice - no matter what level you are at. A place to learn, shape and workshop your work, or have it professionally edited for publication.