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A head writer is a person who oversees the team of writers, and writes content.

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What’s It Like To Be Head Writer?

What does your role involve?

As a writer my main task is to write lessons and create all the resources that accompany those lessons (such as imagery or factsheets). I will be given a brief about a project, including what the topic is and what the partner is hoping for out of the lessons we will be creating. I think about how the topic will fit with the curriculum and the best ways we can maximise the topic within the scope of the curriculum. And then I start brainstorming ideas and writing!

What’s one thing you love about your job and one thing you would leave behind if you could?

My role requires a lot of researching and writing – these are my favourite bits. I get to read and think about so many interesting things – my favourites are the sciences, especially anything to do with plants, animals and ecosystems. I also like topics around geography and space. I especially love reading about people working to help our planet, in particular kids who are making change. I love that I’m always learning new things and being inspired by what others are doing. I would definitely leave behind anything that requires a spreadsheet – when I open a spreadsheet I can feel my internal systems rapidly losing power until I get to the point where my eyes go blurry and my arms go limp. Thank heavens the people I work with are patient!

What road did you take to get to your current role?

After high school I travelled before enrolling in nursing at university – I lasted one week! Then I applied for an Environmental Management degree the following year. Following that I completed a Masters in Environment (Environmental Education) while doing some paid and unpaid work at organisations like Greening Australia and my local council. While I was wrapping up my Masters I met Jason at Cool Australia and started my role there.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The main thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is the thought of breakfast – I’m always so hungry in the morning! But I’m also a morning person and the morning is definitely when I’m most productive, either with work or on my days off. I try to tick off any brainy tasks in the morning and leave the afternoon to the less brainy tasks.

What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

You don’t need to decide everything right now – just trust that in the future you will be capable of making choices when the time comes. It’s also OK to change your mind and choose something else. Let go of worrying about what will happen and enjoy what is happening.