Hello, I’m Laura Russo.
I’ve been editing and writing as a freelancer since 2015, with a further twelve years working in government and the for-purpose sector doing research, writing, editing and education.
Having worked across diverse areas including criminology, international development, history, community justice, housing, mental health and violence against women, I bring a wealth of experience to every project I undertake.
There has been a strong social justice angle to much of my work, but I also work outside that area.
I primarily work with nonfiction documents. My clients include authors, academic staff, postgraduate students, community organisations, small business owners, government departments and schools. I have edited, written and co-written for online and hard copy publication, including PhD and master’s theses, government reports, strategic plans, annual reports, evaluation reports, information sheets, websites and blogs.
I can spot an aberrant apostrophe, a superfluous semi colon and an extraneous en dash at twenty yards (18.3 metres). I genuinely relish the nit-picky and fastidious work of poring over text, rectifying inconsistencies and finessing sentences. Making great paragraphs that come together into writing that really sings and delivers the message my clients want it to is what I am all about.
‘But when did all this begin?’ you ask.
Well, besides being born grasping a miniature book in my tiny hands, I trace it back to a single day when, aged nine, I was off school with a cold and made a tower of encyclopedias next to my bed. My goal: to read through the lot, top to bottom. Such was my love of reading and my thirst for knowledge.
Admittedly I didn’t make it very far through that tower (I may or may not have been enticed away by the Famous Five. Ahem), but my love for words and the power of knowledge and communication has never abated. Now that I come to think of it, I still have an ambitiously tall tower of books beside my bed … some things never change!
Now based on the bushy outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, in an old artists’ colony, I live and work surrounded by trees, kangaroos and wombats. This place and its fascinating history were the subject of my master’s thesis, which I am currently rewriting as a work of literary nonfiction.
I have a previous life as a photographer and still very much enjoy that medium.