Siobhan Dignan


MA English, University College Dublin.
BA English and Anthropology, Dean’s List, Grinnell College, USA.

Training and professional development

Introduction to Fiction Editing (SfEP).
Introduction to copy-editing (SfEP).
On-screen Editing 1 (SfEP).
Copywriting course, College of Commerce, Dublin.


Mentor with Fighting Words creative writing and literacy workshops for schools in Northern Ireland.

Freelance writer, editor, proofreader: 15+ years.

Copywriter: 20+ years ad agency and corporate communications in the US, Dublin and Belfast.


Print and digital content: newsletters, magazines, websites, blogs, manuscripts, reports, guides, marketing campaigns.

Skills and services offered

Editing, proofreading, manuscript development/evaluation: fiction, memoirs, reports/studies, translations, editorial, guides, marketing and training materials.

Editorial: writing, research, interviews, proofreading, editing – trade publications, newsletters, advertorials, press releases, case histories, thought pieces, award entries.


Marketing communications: content and ideas (print, digital) for diverse sectors – public, voluntary, education, consumer, tourism. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Subject areas

Tourism, retail, economic development, education, enterprise, personal/company histories, marketing/branding, fiction (commercial, children’s, young adult).


Commercial projects: editorial/PR, advertising, B2B, digital.

US vernacular and markets/audiences.

Memoirs: interviewing, writing, editing, assessing.

Clients include

The Hardware Association of Ireland: The Hardware Journal.

Marketing and design agencies, print firms: Think Design, Conceptroom, Red Revolution, Peninsula Print, additude.

Public sector and related services: Belfast Metropolitan College, Young Enterprise, Tourism NI, Tourism Ireland, DECET (EU early years body), Queen’s University, Ulster University, Craigavon Industrial Development Organisation, Economic Research and Consulting.

Authors (fiction, memoir) based in Northern Ireland, Britain, the US, beyond.

Examples of work undertaken

Editorial and marketing communications:  Writing, editing for The Hardware Journal trade publication.  Articles, thought pieces and award entries for Young Enterprise.  Digital content, editorial for Tourism Ireland, TourismNI, BT Biz ezine, RSPB, Save the Children.  Brochure/advertising copy for Lough Erne Golf Resort and Hotel, Irish Food Service Association and House trade shows, Northridge Finance.

Authors: Americanisation, editing and manuscript development for Half Irish, a self-published young adult novel. Edited and proofread memoirs translated from Urdu, After you Were Gone and My Letters to You. First reader for Belfast authors including Tara West (Fodder, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan) and more recently, manuscript reviews for a young writer with autism, a US fantasy author and several Northern Irish authors and memoirists.

Education providers:  Belfast Metropolitan College website edit. Shaping translated content from EU countries into a unified training guide for DECET. Marketing materials for Intralingua language courses, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University.

Additional information

Expressing your ideas is always easier with expert help. Whether it’s a rewrite or a final draft; makeover, trim to fit, waffle removal or eleventh-hour SOS; count on me to ensure you communicate clearly and compellingly. Or to lend fresh eyes and constructive guidance.  My background as an advertising writer means I offer a professional, prompt and creative service, together with a sound grasp of the brief and an eye for clarity, consistency and accuracy, saving you hours of effort. I also bring added value, through fact checking, suggestions, even inspiration. For manuscript projects, I offer a free sample edit and assessment to ensure my style suits your voice.

Based in: Belfast
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Telephone: 02890623372
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