A trained journalist, I have spent four decades working in broadcasting and print media, local government communication, central government managing electorate offices for members of parliament and as a freelance writer and photographer.
The broad range of writing skills required across all this media has resulted in an inherent love of words. I can present the written word in a wide range of forms from short and concise messaging to clear essay writing and the longer telling of human-interest stories and history pieces.
To supplement my writing, I have managed a not-for-profit organisation assisting vulnerable individuals, worked as a caregiver, and as a gardener. I have had two history books published, ‘Helping Hands’ on the story of Wairarapa’s health services, and another on the history of ‘The Mt Bruce Community Hall and its district’ – celebrating the hall’s centenary. The life of a prominent individual, who made huge contributions to the New Zealand health system and saved homeless children in Australia, is currently a work in progress, as is my father’s family story, based around the Depression in the 1930s. I have written and published my mother’s Scandinavian family history in semi-fiction form.
I am a member of a long-standing Wellington-based writing group, initiated by Dame Fiona Kidman. We meet regularly to work on our various projects. I have had the privilege of editing one member’s memoir, ‘Letters Home’ by Pauline Steele.
Contact me if you have a project that you feel needs professional editing or effective writing. You’ll be amazed how important the right words can be.
I write interesting and easily understood copy for people to digest.
I will edit your words to create an engaging and concise piece of work.
I specialize in writing history pieces and biographies that are well researched and captivating to read.
I have known of Marlene's work for more than 30 years and have hired her to do human interest articles for my clients’ publications. Marlene is a skilled and professional writer with a wonderful warm manner that gives reluctant interviewees the confidence to 'open up'. She writes to a brief, observes deadlines, and where something needs to be clarified or expanded upon, she does so promptly. I have no hesitation in recommending Marlene's services.
Trevor Walton Director, WHAM Media.
Marlene. We appreciate and value the dedication you put into this project. You did an exceptional job writing the profiles of inspirational women in our region.
Andrea Hay, Commercial Manager, Wairarapa Times Age
Women in Business was a huge bumper edition this year and I was thrilled to be able to help. Marlene, you’re an absolute legend!
Erin Kavanagh-Hall, Writer
Marlene. I have just seen the Women in Business supplement to the Times-Age. Congratulations – it’s a great piece of work! Good for you!
Chris Ryan, Writer and Editor
Thanks Marlene. A massive project and your methodical approach is commendable. You should be super proud of your effort on this.
Andrew Denholm, Publisher, Wairarapa Times Age
Many thanks to Marlene Ditchfield as my editor, who went beyond her brief in helping to develop my writing into a readable and understandable form.
Paul de Latour - Author "Lavericks Bay - the history and its people".
The research Marlene undertook for the Mt Bruce Hall history book was both comprehensive and thorough. This included interviews with many people, hours spent looking through people’s photo collections and at the local archive. Her work resulted in a beautiful 104-page book that is a treasure to us all. The book is divided into appropriate topical chapters with many photos, all captioned. Marlene’s writing style includes much historic detail, while also being very readable. We appreciated that she paid close attention to accuracy and worked with our community to complete this project.
Gill Murray. Chairman Mt Bruce Hall centenary committee 2013-2015