Professional editing and writing services

Checkword provides high quality writing and editing services. Full details of my experience in both areas are on my WRITING page and EDITING page. Please contact me at info@checkword.com.au to discuss your editing and writing needs and negotiate fees.

NEWS – Editing

As 2018 begins, I reflect on 2017 when I edited a variety of educational and academic texts. These ranged from examination papers to worksheets and full-length books. Companies who engaged me included Oxford University Press UK, Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand, Cambridge University Press, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Insight Publications.

The Victorian Funeral Celebrants Association engaged me to run an editing workshop for their members. I enjoyed drawing on my past knowledge and experience as a teacher to convey editorial tips and welcome the opportunity to do this again.

I edited a memoir and assisted the author with the process of self-publishing. I have published two books of my own and welcome the opportunity to assist others in the future.

NEWS – Writing

I continue to write articles for Link Disability Magazine. In May 2017 they published my piece on Creating Child Safe Institutions (part of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses). In July I covered the opening of Dialogue in the Dark where I discovered what it’s like to be visually impaired and the Australian College for the Deaf was my topic in September.

BKA Architecture engaged me to write copy for a flier enabling them to market their services to schools and colleges in New South Wales. My considerable experience in the educational sector made it possible for me to peruse the NSW Dept of Education policies and develop a successful flier for BKA.

Georgie Donaghey of Creative Kids Tales accepted two of my short stories for publication in The Creative Kids Tales Story Collection. 


‘Old Ted’ was published in Prints Charming Novel Anthology The Toy Chest.


NEWS – Publishing

In My World – a new book for children with two short novels between the covers. Two stories that celebrate diversity.

Basketball Tree  

Sam wants to be good at basketball. He’s very short and his friend Tess is very tall. Can they both get on the school team? And will Sam ever find out what’s wrong with the class bully who’s behaving very strangely?

Wheels of Fire

When Bec’s new teacher suggests a way for her to join in the school concert in her wheelchair, she’s not so sure. She’s more interested in catching a thief with her friend Damien. But Rima has plans for Bec’s costume and the concert night turns out to be a BIG one!

Little People Big Lives

(ISBN 978-0-646-90790-1)

Published in 2013, my book shines the spotlight on people living with dwarfism.


Britain’s Warwick Davis, high profile actor (Life’s Too Short, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more) talked frankly to me about his life in theatre and film, his documentary on the Ovitz family, and his passion for recognising the talents of other little people. His profile features in the book.

The other ten profiled in Little People Big Lives are Australian and have been carefully chosen to show that not only can they live normal lives despite their physical difference, they can also achieve in sport, business and the arts. They range in age, gender and ethnicity.

Meredith Young, past-president of the Short Statured People of Australia, agrees with Warwick Davis that this book conveys a positive message about people living with a physical difference.

These books can be purchased from this website via the BOOK SALES page OR enquire about them by emailing info@checkword.com.au


One Response to “Welcome”

  1. showstosee November 10, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Hi Maria
    I hope you received my email reply letting you know that the best way to purchase the book is from this site, on the Book Sales page, using the Buy Now facility. Hope to receive your order soon! And, yes, Graci and OIiver do look fantastic don’t they?

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