2Write for writing and editing

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2Write? Too right!

Wellington-based communications company 2Write is made up of husband and wife team Pat Martin and Pip Desmond. We’re available for writing, editing and design, web publishing, proof-reading university theses, speech writing, oral history projects, publications and workshops. We can also show you or your organisation how to set up a dynamic, affordable newsletter, blog or website, and help you maintain it.

Please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Pip and Pat

Pip to run ethical storytelling workshop

8 July 2020, 10-12pm

Writing creative non-fiction poses unique ethical challenges. In this workshop, we’ll explore the courage it takes to write about real people, the place for compassion, and ways to manage the tension between the two. We’ll also look at how to tell the truth while still telling a gripping story. You can register here.

Pip is an award-winning writer of creative non-fiction. Trust: A True Story of Women and Gangs won Best First Book at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards and her latest memoir, Song for Rosaleen, was longlisted for the 2019 Ockham Book Awards. She has also written The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea. Pip has a background as an oral historian, journalist and parliamentary press secretary. She was Massey University’s 2019 writer in residence. Her TEDx talk on ethical storytelling can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHR8fWAr43k

‘I greatly appreciated Pip Desmond’s sharing of her knowledge and experience in such a generous and inclusive way. Her workshops gave me much needed insight into an area of writing I’ve struggled with. Thank you, Pip.’ – Fleur Beale, participant in Pip’s creative non-fiction workshop at the 2020 Kāpiti Writers Retreat


Song for Rosaleen longlisted for NZ book awards

The covers of the Royal Society Te Aparangi Award General Non-fiction books long listed for this year's Ockham NZ Book Awards.

Pip’s memoir, Song for Rosaleen, was longlisted in the general non-fiction section of the 2019 Ockham NZ Book Awards. Published by Massey University Press, the book is both a celebration of Pip’s mother Rosaleen’s life and the intimate portrait of a family coping with dementia. It is available from good bookstores, online or by emailing Pip. See our books page for more details.

‘Love song, lament, protest song: Song For Rosaleen is all these and more. Highly recommended reading.’ – Sue Wootton, co-editor, Corpus