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At the heart of every useful thing I’ve ever done was a story. And these days that’s what captures my imagination most of all. How to gather, craft, tell, spread and amplify stories that help us all see ourselves, each other and the future in a new and beautiful light.
Whether I’m writing a report on violence again women in Afghanistan, raising funds for a great cause, helping a client share their good work with the world or writing my memoir – my craft, my medium and my passion is story.
Marianne’s [book] is touching, relatable, informative, and, to boot, fantastic storytelling.
Susan Piver, New York Times best-selling author of Wisdom of a Broken Heart
My years at the United Nations made me the Grand Mistress of report writing. We wrote daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports. A couple of years in the UN and you can write reports in your sleep. Because I cared so deeply about the people I was writing about, I wanted to be sure the people in Kabul or New York who read my reports were paying attention. So I taught myself to tell a good story in every report. People pay attention and keep reading for a good story.
Whether you are a cafe trying to stand out amongst the competition, a not-for-profit wanting to make your grant applications more compelling or an advocacy organisation (or government agency) wanting to make you policy concerns interesting to busy politicians, I would love to help you tell your story.
Marianne can synthesise information effectively and write credibly and persuasively. As well as being highly personable she is entirely reliable in terms of deadlines and communication of progress.
Susan Freeman-Greene, Former Strategic Policy Manager, NZ Human Rights Commission
Stories are how we come to new understandings about each other, how we change our view of the world, how we teach, and how we learn.
Images are a powerful part of telling your story. My documentary and portrait photographs have been used by UN agencies (including UNIFEM), NGOs (including Code Pink) and public agencies (including The Tavistock and Portman Mental Health Service). I’d love to photograph and record stories about your work, so please get in touch to talk about how we can work together.
My favorite way to work with stories is as part of a collective. I’m part of Storyworkers, a group of story-gatherers, story-crafters & story-tellers. We help grow great causes and organisations through compelling stories. You can learn more about what we do and find out how to work with us as a collective, here [coming soon].
Email me at marianne(at)marianne-elliott(dot)com to discuss how I can help you tell your story.
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Marianne writes not just with honesty … but with an absolute lack of cliche, with precision and skill. To take something so abstract and serve it up so evocatively takes remarkable talent as a writer.
Rachael King, author of The Sounds of Butterflies and Magpie Hall.