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Training courses, workshops & speaking engagements

  • SfEP, Edinburgh Group, May 2019. Editing Fiction.
  • Writers’ Neuk. May 2019. General editing matters.
  • London Book Fair, Insights Seminar Programme. March 2019. Seminar, co-presented with Margaret Hunter: Authors Are Our Business: The Collaborative Relationship between Editor and Author.
  • SfEP Annual Conference:
    • 2018. Lightning talk: Who dares wings
    • 2015. One-day, pre-conference training course. Introduction to Fiction Editing
    • 2016. Live Editing Session (fiction)
    • 2014. Workshop, An Introduction to Editing Fiction: Mind over Matter
    • 2014. Seminar, How we got started (with John Firth and Richard Hutchinson).
  • Contributor to The Mystical Mutt: The Success Story of Two Scottish Authors, first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, 26 December 2017.
  • Informal talks to:
    • Writers’ groups
    • SfEP, Glasgow & Edinburgh Groups
    • Professional Development Day, SfEP Glasgow & NE Scotland Groups
    • Creative Careers Fair, University of Edinburgh
    • University of Edinburgh, PublishEd Society.
  • Consultant/trainer/editor (voluntary): SafeSpace charity write-athon, 2013–2014 (patron, the late Iain Banks).
  • Kingston Publishing Conference, Kingston University, London. 2010. Seminar.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Edinburgh. 2009. Workshop.
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Scotland) (SCBWI). 2009. Summer retreat: Workshop.


  • Chapter 9. ‘How do you know if it's any good?’ with Gale Winskill. In: The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing, Alison Baverstock (Bloomsbury, 2011), pp. 115–129.
  • ‘Self-Publishing: any good?’ Editing Matters: The magazine for editors and proofreaders (Society for Editors and Proofreaders, November 2010), p. 4.
  • ‘You've written a children's book. Now what?’ Thistleblower: The Newsletter for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Scotland. (March 2009), p. 12.
Written under my maiden name, F.G Taylor:
  • Active Composition, F.G Taylor, M. Reive & H.D. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1995)
  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book One, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994)
  • Get it Right: Integrated Listening, Reading and Writing Exercises, Book Two, F.G. Taylor (Youth Bookroom, Hong Kong, 1994)


  • Neologisms: Author’s prerogative or editor’s bugbear? April 2019, on ‘Writers’ Neuk’.
  • Project Fear: Fiction Editing. October 2018, in Editorial Excellence, Issue 5.
  • Four Tips for a Great Synopsis, February 2014, on ‘Mac Logan writes’:
  • Separated by a Common Language … says who? November 2013, on ‘Mac Logan writes’:
  • Editing Fiction: An addiction or bęte noire? May 2014, SfEP: