Marg McAlister

About Writing4Success


Marg McAlister

Marg McAlister started up her original writing business (Word Dynamics (NSW) Pty Ltd) over twenty years ago, then also began trading as Writing4Success when she set up a website for writers in 2001.

Marg is the author of five correspondence courses now marketed by Cengage in Australia. Those courses are: The Professional Romance Writer's Course, The Professional Children's Writer's Course, The Professional Crime and Suspense Writer's Course, Writing Non-Fiction That Sells and How To Write a Bestseller.

Marg also uses her writing skills and background to create e-books and products in a number of different areas as part of the online business she runs with her husband Rob. She spent 2 years working part-time as an eLearning consultant and technical writer for a large multinational company.

A writer who wears many hats, Marg has written fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. She was on the Committee of Romance Writers of Australia for four years, and has run workshops at various RWA National Conferences.

The author of more than 60 books for children, she has written short stories for school magazines and numerous short non-fiction pieces for educational publications.

Her work targets a wide age range and includes picture books, short books for children with reading difficulties and mysteries for older children. For 5 years, she was part of the Charles Sturt University (Mitchell) Enrichment Program, teaching creative writing to talented children. She has also been a regional judge for the Nestlé Write Around Australia competition.

As for advice on plotting and technique... Kathryn Fox, the Australian writer whose sales in the UK finally knocked The Da Vinci Code off its perch, has this to say about Marg's contribution to her writing: "Without doubt, Marg McAlister is the best writing teacher and mentor any writer could hope for.  I'd recommend her courses to anyone wanting to improve their writing."

In addition, Marg has been a ghostwriter for business professionals and others on the international speaking circuit. She has written books and articles on Customer Service, Public Speaking, Marketing, Real Estate Sales, Networking and Delivering Dynamic Presentations, Fitness and many other subjects. With networking expert Robyn Henderson, Marg has co-authored a book on networking and self-promotion: Be Seen, Get Known, Move Ahead.

Marg has also been a staff member of the Writer’s Retreat Workshop in Kentucky, USA. This workshop, established by Gary Provost, has been designated by USA Weekend as the writing program “vacation that can change your life”.

For twelve months in 2010-2011, Marg and Rob toured Australia by caravan: writing articles, keeping a blog and presenting a monthly DVD about their travels for Caravan & Motorhome on Tour - proof that writing truly is a portable profession!

You can contact Marg at marg@

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