Nicola Dunnicliff-Wells

Nicky D-W headshotMy childhood image of a ‘writer’ – holed up in an attic, alone – didn’t appeal, despite writing being one of my favourite activities.

At university, I followed my father into science – then, missing English, subsequently chose journalism and humanities subjects for all my electives.

After ten years wandering the vocational wilderness, combined interests in writing and bicycle touring landed me a job writing and editing cycling guidebooks for travel publisher Lonely Planet.

By then I knew the publishing world was where I wanted to stay. Being holed up at my desk wasn’t so bad, and writing had turned out not to be the isolating profession I’d once imagined.

I studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT (loved it!), became editor of a bike magazine, and have since combined a freelance writing and editing career with raising three children.

Non-fiction is my bag – writing and editing magazine stories, science features, guidebooks, manuals, opinion, submissions for prizes and awards, and corporate publications.

On the side, I’ve developed and taught a series of adult bicycle skills courses, where the requirements and rewards are remarkably similar to those associated with writing and editing: patience, collaboration, creative communication, and the satisfaction of helping someone achieve a goal.


    • Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
    • Bachelor of Science (Honours in Ecology), Deakin University