Ann Bolch

I loved writing as a child. Apparently I used to pen stories on scrap paper before I could actually form the letters. It was all pot-hooks and scribble. Yet Mum would ask, ‘What are you writing?’ And I’d say, ‘A story’. Then she’d ask me to tell it to her.

My early passion grew through a love of English and creative writing at school, but back in the 1980s these didn’t amount to a job, so I diverted to a degree in Outdoor Education. Contact with nature, using my wits, playing and resting hard with like-minded souls in the outdoors … life couldn’t get any better.

In the late nineties, I got struck down with a debilitating illness that turned out to be Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME). It really rocked me. Working and playing in the outdoors ceased.

I was couch-bound for a long time. As I recovered I took up gardening and writing. Pretty quickly I reconnected with the thrill of words, the connections between ideas and the writing of tales. My creative writing teacher Maria Millers noticed a speck of skill and encouraged me to just write.

Just writing is, of course, the most simple and difficult thing to do. And yet we must. Every day if we can.

Pretty soon I created a career and began to earn some dough from writing. (They say it’s impossible, but they’re wrong!) I started to enjoy learning about grammar and how it affects rhythm and meaning. I learnt that story is a huge and engaging subject. I became fascinated by how people get on a roll then become stuck. This is why I’ve dedicated my blog to writing flow.

A story to tell brings my passions and skills together. My aim is that you will leave this site feeling more confident and clear about the skills you have and the skills you need to develop your ideas. Think big. Be curious. Explore. If you need help bringing your story to life, contact me.

As an experienced writer and editor and qualified teacher, I enjoy engaging with people to get the best from their ideas. Over the years I’ve developed skills in the art of writing and editing fiction; non fiction, including journalism, essays and memoirs; ghostwriting and copywriting. To see some samples, please go to my recent work.

One of my favourite contributions to the writing community is empowering writers of all levels to connect with their work. It might be your first blog. It could be your second novel. Perhaps you need a new website. Whatever the task, if it involves writing, feather-305273_640editing or simply telling your story clearly and passionately, contact me to discuss your thoughts.


    • Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Accreditation 2012
    • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT 2011
    • Diploma of Education, ACU 1998 Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), Latrobe University 1992.

As well, I keep my professional memberships current and regularly participate in professional development. I love learning about how to convey ideas and working with people and organisations to get them out there.

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Ann's Blog Posts

on May 29, 2017
Gone are the days when admin staff had to hand crank the duplicating machine to […]
on February 10, 2017
Well, here we are again. Those of us who dearly want to write creatively just […]
on January 18, 2017
So, if it was hard, what made you keep going? This question came from my […]
on November 24, 2016
I’ll admit it. Since returning from long-service leave, I’ve had half a heart in the […]
on October 27, 2016
A month ago I returned from a 105-day trip that started in Istanbul and finished […]
on June 27, 2016
Darcy Conroy just can’t stop writing! On the back of her adventurous and page-turning thriller […]
on June 16, 2016
You’ve had the idea. You’ve written some thoughts, maybe a few chapters. Now what? At […]
on June 2, 2016
Ever wondered how best to tell your story? It’s just a snip of an idea […]
on May 19, 2016
At A story to tell … sometimes the customer is not always right. This doesn’t mean that […]
on May 4, 2016
Smart phones seem to have taken the sting out of taking photos of ourselves. Last […]
on April 14, 2016
Taking a photo of ourselves should be easy, shouldn’t it? There’s no-one we know better, […]
on April 13, 2016
Our first client to take up The Full Picture was pleased with both his headshot […]
on March 30, 2016
Most people know and can articulate what they do. But over the years I’ve stopped […]
on February 3, 2016
Even before writers get started on their projects, critics, friends, family, teachers and the industry […]
on August 24, 2015
Many authors come to A story to tell having had a manuscript assessment of their […]
on July 14, 2015
A story to tell client and author Darcy Conroy is launching her first novel at […]
on June 1, 2015
Many people come to A story to tell… asking to have their work edited. Fair […]
on April 13, 2015
Many writers fear that the editing process will compromise their voice. That is, that the […]
on March 5, 2015
The three stages of editing are each as important as the other. Without a solid […]
on January 15, 2015
Are you a writer with too many ideas? Many creative writers suffer from the crippling […]
on January 5, 2015
    Writers seek more than just editing services. Sometimes you also want an experienced […]
on December 18, 2014
Welcome to A story to tell’s inaugural blog boast! (Blog posts that unhumbly showcase the […]
on August 28, 2014
Just like young boys wearing short pants, the writing of short stories used to be […]
on August 11, 2014
There’s so much to learn about the balance for a writer between the creating and […]
on July 28, 2014
When you write your first drafts do you spill words onto the page — page […]
on July 16, 2014
Consider these opening lines … A). Here’s a little something I’ve been playing with. What […]
on June 26, 2014
During my research on feedback I’ve come across an attitude that surprised me around the […]
on June 12, 2014
Feedback can be fraught but it needn’t be. As writers, surrounding ourselves with just the right […]
on May 30, 2014
Is writing a lonely business? Perhaps the answer to this question depends on the day […]
on May 16, 2014
“I didn’t come to the waterhole to write this blog. But there was something about […]
on May 1, 2014
Ahead of the second annual Big Hearted Business conference this weekend, I’ve had a couple of […]
on April 10, 2014
Finding stories is fundamental to being a writer. It’s all very well to have ideas, […]
on March 19, 2014
Yes! A story a day for an entire year. Generating material is the first step […]
on March 9, 2014
I signed up to a course that I hoped would improve my public speaking. The […]
on December 15, 2013
It’s nice to tap into the zeitgeist. Recently there’s been a flood of comments on […]
on November 19, 2013
I was explaining to some writerly friends that my new blog is all about writing […]
on November 7, 2013
Does anyone else love a good treasure hunt? To celebrate the launch of A story […]
on October 25, 2013
Remember when we played and played and didn’t come home until dark? We lost ourselves […]
on October 1, 2013
Where to start … Whether you’re new to writing or have been around the writer’s […]