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About Margie Cosgrave

Margie Cosgrave

I am a freelance professional copyeditor and proofreader happily based in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland.


I work with you, sensitively, to correct and enhance your creative piece for the benefit of your readers. A polished, clear, flowing work means an effortless reading experience - transporting your reader straight to the heart and purpose of your publication.

I grew up in semi-rural Brisbane on a small farm, travelling at length to and from school each day for a solid, well-rounded education. It was clear from a young age that I was oriented to enhancing and correcting work rather than writing wildly creative pieces! My life-long interest in language also appeared at a tender age.

After four years of university in Canberra (see my qualifications below), I spent 19 years in a range of office-based roles, primarily in charitable and non-profit organisations. Throughout, at the core, was work with written material - transcribing, writing, compiling and editing annual reports, policy documents, board minutes, manuals, publicity material and newsletters. The progression to professional copyeditor has been a very natural one.  


Freelancing allows an immediate working relationship with my clients, which I love, as well as a flexible work pattern. The latter makes it possible to continue my other regular occupation – keeping up a substantial vegetable garden and orchard with my husband. (If you come on a working visit to my home, you might leave with a bunch of bananas, a pot of honey and several lettuces.)


I will work enthusiastically with any kind of written material within any industry. I highlight that I have a background and special interest in the arts, humanitarian, cross-cultural, ethical, environmental and sustainability fields.  I also have a more recent and rapidly growing interest in life stories and memoirs.


Bachelor of Arts (Australian National University):  Majors in German language and literature; Indonesian language;

Traditional and contemporary Aboriginal Anthropology, Australian History, Pure mathematics

Certificate in Applied Copyediting and Proofreading (Australian College, online)

Certificate in Proofreading (RMIT, Melbourne)

Graduate Diploma of Office Management (Canberra College of Advanced Education)

Certificate III in Education Support (TAFE)

Margie Word Polish

Top job ... more thorough than I bargained for. You served up a gourmet meal when I was after a hamburger. That's a compliment!

Michael Blucher, author

Margie Word Polish
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