Melissa Fagan writer

I am a freelance writer and editor based in Brisbane.

My award-winning fiction and nonfiction has been published in Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, QWeekend and more.

I am currently writing a memoir about my mother’s family, the McWhirters, who once owned the Fortitude Valley department store. I began this project as part of an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland. After graduating in 2016, I was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship. I am also a sessional academic in the University’s Writing program, where I am currently convening a postgraduate course in Creative Nonfiction & Memoir.

I’ve been a professional writer and editor for around fifteen years. I work in-house and as a freelancer, specialising in content and copywriting for clients in the travel, medical and not-for-profit sectors. To find out more about the way that I work, and see samples of what I’ve done, check out my portfolio or get in touch.

At various times throughout my life (but mostly pre-21st century) I’ve worked as a receptionist, data entry clerk, call centre operator, market research telephonist, editorial assistant and nanny. I’ve taught swimming and horse-riding, and led tours through South East Asia. I’ve had a lot of shitty jobs, and some really great ones. I’ve travelled a lot, most recently to Kyrgyzstan & China.

For a month in the (northern) summer of 1996 I was a temp at the Potato Marketing Board in Oxford, UK. In 1997, while travelling in India, I had the extraordinary – and extraordinarily random – privilege of ‘working’ as an extra in the film Arunchalam, starring the legendary Tamil actor Rajnikanth.