Hello and welcome to my website!
I’m a freelance feature writer, copywriter and author based in the West Midlands, not far from Birmingham.
The scope of my writing is very broad, including features and articles for magazines, social history books and business-related copywriting.
Feel free to browse my website. Here you can find out more about me and my freelance writing, look at examples of my features and articles, read about my social history books and buy them in the shop. You can also catch up with my news on recent writing projects and read my regular blog.
Please contact me if you have any feedback or queries about my writing or this website, or if you would like to commission me for a writing project. I’d love to hear from you!
I write magazine features and articles for a wide variety of publications including Who Do You Think You Are?, Discover Your Ancestors and Completion. I specialise in writing about history and heritage, homes and interiors, education, the environment and children's reference.
"Michelle researched and wrote our 150th anniversary publication in collaboration with our editorial team. Her work was of a high standard, on time and to budget, and I would be happy to recommend her research, writing and editorial skills to anyone."
Caroline Moye, Head of Marketing, Independent Age
Social history books
As the author of seven non-fiction social history books, I am passionate about history in all its forms, including family history and local history. My books include A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England, Life in the Victorian and Edwardian Workhouse, Prison Life in Victorian England, Life in the Victorian Hospital, Tracing Your Medical Ancestors, Tracing Your Servant Ancestors and Christmas Cards. In the pipeline is Servants' Stories: Life Below Stairs In Their Own Words 1800-1950 which will be published in September 2015. Please click on the book covers at the bottom of the page for more information.
"Daily life...is recounted in this book with both historical detail and sympathy, aided in both aspects by numerous first-person accounts and many specific details from workhouses around the country."
Your Family Tree
I also undertake copywriting for businesses and individuals. I write press releases, brochures, blog posts and websites for projects large and small. I pride myself on being able to tailor my writing to specific audiences, on time and within budget.
"Michelle has developed website copy for many of Arrowsmith Marketing's clients. I can rely on her to produce content that suits the customer's industry and style of business, quickly and effectively."
Gareth Edwards, Director, Arrowsmith Marketing