Wordslice offers professional research and communication services.

 

Director, Francesca Alice has extensive experience gained over the past twelve years working as an independent editor and writer, and project manager specialising in research, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for a range of organisations. Her work spans the tertiary, government, hospitality, international and community development sectors.

Services

Wordslice was established in 2008 and offers:

  1. Proofreading and copy editing: anything from a CV/résumé/cover letter, to website copy, to business reports/proposals/marketing materials, to proofreading postgraduate-level research for students with English as a second language.
     
  2. Research, reporting, technical writing and reflective learning: this includes research (using sociological and feminist research approaches and critical reflection to learn from practice), programmatic and strategic reporting, reviews and evaluations, literature reviews, case studies, technical papers and guidelines with emphasis on presenting information in plain English. Wordslice can assist in the design and development of monitoring and reporting templates and tools and other knowledge products.

Wordslice works closely with clients to create high quality content, and can facilitate creative collaboration with graphic designers if necessary.

Memberships

Wordslice is a member of Editors Victoria, state branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

 

Phone/WHAT's APP

+27 76 256 4613

 

email

cesca.alice@gmail.com

 

SKYPE

cesca.alice

Proofreading and editing

 

If it is written,  I can help

I have proofread and copyedited a range of documents, including: research reports/reviews; program documentation (such as operational and strategic plans, program and monitoring frameworks, and tools/templates); business reports/proposals/marketing materials; academic journal articles or books; design competition submissions; and postgraduate-level theses for students with English as a second language. 

I can provide three levels of service, depending on the stage of production:

  • proofread for errors as a final check
  • copyedit for grammar, spelling and consistency
  • offer substantive or structural editing, where I, as editor, am involved from the outset, advising writers how they can improve their work.

See IPEd for more information about what editors do.

Client testimonials

'Francesca proofread and edited my PhD, which is possibly one of the most important pieces of work I have ever had to write. She did it with great diligence and professionalism. Her work ethics are second to none and she kept to time frames. I would work with her again in any important project.'
Ph.D candidate, University of Stuttgart (Durban, South Africa)

'Francesca helped us in copy-editing a report on land tenure formalisation in Tanzania, and her work was professional, excellent and timely. It was a pleasure working with her, and I would recommend her for similar and/or related work.'
Oxfam (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

'Francesca is our go-to wordsmith at key moments for our business. She provided high level editing and writing support when we were selling our hospitality outlets in 2008, putting together comprehensive sales documents with attractive, visual elements for potential buyers, and supporting associated legal processes by collating information and editing content for a legal audience. When we were looking for investors for a subsequent project in 2011, we turned to her to develop an attractive business profile. Recently she has worked with our Managing Director to fine-tune his professional profile, updating his resume and developing content to promote his social entrepreneurship and business activities. Her style is collaborative, but she also just gets it done - essential in a fast-paced business environment!'
Octane Espresso and The Original Cocoa Traders (Melbourne, Australia)

'I found Francesca's service to be prompt, affordable, forthright and thorough. Collaboration with her was one of the better decisions I made during my PhD candidature. It was an important part of transforming several of my chapters from academic jargon to readable and accessible work.'
PhD Candidate, Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia)

Websites

A quality website is essential for small business owners, and it's not just about the branding and photos - content can make or break the message you want to send to prospective clients. I have designed, developed or updated web content for a range of small businesses, and can recommend some great, affordable graphic designers for the visual elements.

See examples at: www.toct.com.auwww.mofodeluxe.com, www.madevisual.com.au and www.gardenofyoga.com.au.

Client testimonials

'Working with Francesca to develop content for our product websites has always been a positive experience. She advised on and fine-tuned the web content for Mofo Deluxe when it first launched, so naturally, for our latest product, Mofo Deluxe Premium, we turned to her to design and develop a full website that is visually clean and appealing, and kicks off a rebranding exercise for our business. It was the fastest content and site build we've ever seen, with full social media integration. Thanks for the quick work!'
The Original Cocoa Traders (Melbourne, Australia)

'Francesca did a fantastic job of editing my early website content. She eliminated any embarrassing spelling and grammatical errors, trimmed and tightened my text while keeping my original voice intact.'
Garden of Yoga (Melbourne, Australia)

Résumés/CVs

I have worked with employers across a range of industries in various roles, as well being a recruiter, manager, mentor and supervisor myself. Based on this combination of experience, I offer résumé/CV and cover letter writing or updating services to ensure your job application best showcases your skills and experience, and gets you on that short list.

Client testimonials

'I really want to thank you for your help with my résumé, they commented on it and said it was really well done, and is the reason they fast tracked my interview and called me right away.'
London, United Kingdom

'Francesca proofed my CV to correct spelling and grammar, but also had an intuitive sense of what employers look for. She suggested small changes that really added value, and in the end I was the successful candidate.'
Melbourne, Australia

Participatory research and learning

 

Research

An experienced researcher, my portfolio includes designing, managing and delivering global research projects; strategic and programmatic evaluations and reviews. Thematic areas include: active citizenship and accountability, key populations, sustainable livelihoods and gender justice, international and corporate volunteering, thematic hubs as organisational learning models, capacity and organisational development approaches, human trafficking and labour exploitation in Australia, and graduate outcomes in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Reflection and learning

I am a participatory learning specialist, able to design iterative learning processes and ensure that research and evaluative projects have a learning component to understand and link program practice to strategy at all levels,

Using a critical reflection methodology, I have managed a number of processes to develop learning papers and case studies on topics such as: global organisational development and change management, global governance, responsive HIV and AIDS programming in South Africa and the radicalisation of young people in Kenya. 

All my work is written in easily accessible, plain language (English) and tailored for a range of audiences. Samples of my work can be found on Dropbox.

Client testimonials

'The Oxfam Australia country office in South Africa commissioned a Mid-Term Review of the far-reaching program 'No Longer Vulnerable' (NLV). One recommendation was for "conscious reflection" amongst staff "to interrogate and reflect on their experiences more critically to derive a set of principles that might inform future work". Francesca was commissioned to write up the lessons from the health component of the NLV based on her deep understanding of the work and her relationships with both staff and partner organisations. The emergent learning paper stood out as a piece that stimulated critical reflection. A complex process and its results have been captured in a clear, succinct form that provides Oxfam Australia with the key process lessons from what became a 'flagship' program. As the co-convenor of this process, I was very impressed by the quality of work.'
Assoc. Prof. Scott Drimie (CapeTown, South Africa)

‘Francesca has an exceptional ability to work with complex concepts and refine these into accessible content for sharing and learning, without losing the essence of the concept. She has a passion for sharing lessons from development practice and uses her analytical and editorial skills to ensure that her work is of the highest quality. She has worked across a range of contexts and this enriches her overall skill sets.’
Oxfam Australia (Melbourne, Australia)

'Francesca ensured processes ran efficiently, adhered to demanding timeframes and maintained an exceptional level of confidentiality working across a multitude of conflicting opinions and reports. Francesca is disciplined, efficient and works to a high standard. She is able to think objectively and compile comprehensive learning feedback.’
Oxfam International global project (Durban, South Africa)

'Francesca is an excellent writer and project manager. She has a brilliant ability to conceptualise complex information and synthesise into meaningful language. She has strong research skills, and is excellent at mentoring staff to think outside the box.’
Australian Red Cross (Melbourne, Australia)

Enquiries

For all enquiries: call or What's App +27 76 256 4613 | email cesca.alice@gmail.com | skype cesca.alice

Rates

Wordslice charges on an hourly, daily or project basis.

For a quote, please email an overview of your project, key deliverables and timelines. I will respond within 24 hours with a quote or if more information is needed.