Mary O’Callaghan

Mary O'Callaghan

Mary O’Callaghan

Role: Senior writer / editor

Lead person for: Web writing, interpretive writing, information architecture, substantive editing, newsletter editor, Biomass Producer content management

Works: full-time, Monday-Friday, mostly from home


Mobile: 0419 678 179

Skype: mary_ocallaghan


I love writing to a ridiculously short word limit and editing to a ludicrously tight deadline. So I’m in the right job, finally.


What I love about working with scientists is how they love to explain their work and how they are always happy to review my writing about their work – it’s comforting to know that the facts will always be correct.

My favourite assignment is to summarise a science paper in plain English. Yes, really. It can be a fun puzzle, like trying to crack the code. I also seem to have a knack for writing headlines and coming up with names for things.

As a professional editor, I get to indulge my love of words and my love of pruning—rewriting, condensing, synthesising, repurposing, restructuring, ‘chop it right back’, ‘run your eye over it’, ‘a quick polish’, ‘by 5 o’clock’…

Sometimes a light prune with the secateurs is all that is required. Other times call for the machete.

When I’m not staring at a computer, I’m usually staring at birds, weeds or rising dam levels; marvelling at nature’s persistence (mowing); or contemplating my Washington navels. I escaped from the city and now I work from my rural retreat in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

If you’re up early enough you might spot me gliding across a nearby lake in my single scull, in relentless pursuit of perfection.


  • Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors) (2008, re-accredited 2014)
  • Post-grad Cert. in Writing, Editing and Publishing, The University of Queensland (2005)
  • Diploma in Advanced Computer Programming, Trinity College Dublin (aeons ago)



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