As a freelance writer and curator, I create experiences and products with a purpose: words, exhibitions and events.
I deliver creative vision, manage projects and create content. All my work is infused with a passion for telling stories that matter.
My client list includes state government economic development, local councils, festivals and events, museums and historic houses.
My top three skills
Analysis – I can quickly identify what matters and what doesn’t. I am an independent and creative thinker with a consultative approach to gather the information and research we need.
Clarity – All good communication is about creating clarity. It is only with my skills of analysis that I can create clarity. I like nothing better than taking something difficult and making it clear for others.
Meaning – It is only when we understand the 'why' that we can make effective and sensitive decisions. We must know what we hope to achieve, to change and to create. Effective communication captures that 'why' with clarity.
I studied at the ANU, University of Sydney and University of Canberra - each for a different qualification. I taught and worked in museum education because I love teaching and the magic of museums. I loved working with passionate educators and beautiful historic objects.
I like to grow and learn so I then worked in education policy for the Australian Government, which taught me the valuable skills of project management.
Museums drew me back - they can be enchanting places. I worked for the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, festivals and events in Victoria, state government and others. Seeking a creative way of living and working, I became a freelance consultant in 2009. I am based in Canberra. I've enjoyed working with great people as we create experiences and share stories that matter with visitors.
Find out more
Information on my four books can be found here.
For examples of my written work, please visit clippings.me.
For examples of my exhibition work, visit my blog.
You can contact me via email at jenforest (at) gmail (dot) com .