Client testimonials

Peter Smith

Author, Toorallie: An honest Aussie’s battle with the system:
Canberra | 15 December 2020

I’d like to thank professional editor Deb Doyle for helping me present my often complex content as clearly as possible, researching many names and facts, and maintaining my voice in order to make my cautionary Australian tale resonate with my readers.

Mark Mann

Author, A Story Untold:
Sydney | 1 December 2020

Deb took ‘the writings according to Mark’ and turned them into what I wanted to say. She helped me convey how I wanted to be perceived and understood. 

One of her major tasks was to fictionalise the names of 99 per cent of the people, places and organisations I’d written about but not named, and to list them in a three-page dramatis personae.

During the editing phase, Deb gave me numerous invaluable lessons in structure, grammar and expression. Knowing that some readers would perceive the content of A Story Untold as unbelievable, Deb turned the series of outrageous situational facts into a refined expression of my truth and elevated the shocking events I experienced to a work of non-fiction I could be proud of.

Sarah Jessup

Sales and Education Program Manager, Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), The University of Sydney
Newtown, New South Wales | 11 January 2019

To whom it may concern

I am writing to confirm that Deb Doyle has been employed as a casual academic with the CCE since 2010, teaching the one-day Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals, the two-day Grammar and Punctuation Advanced, and various aspects of publication editing.

In 2021, Deb is scheduled to teach A Course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals, A Course in Advanced Grammar and Editing, A Course in Writing Effective Paragraphs and A Course in Creating Editorial Style Guides.

Deb is a valued member of staff and is popular with students.

Please feel free to phone me on (02) 8627 6700 if you have any questions about Deb and the teaching she does with our institution.

Valerie Khoo

National Director, Australian Writers’ Centre
Milsons Point, New South Wales | 5 March 2018

To whom it may concern

This is to advise that Deb Doyle has been a tutor with the Australian Writers’ Centre since 2005, presenting two very successful one-day courses: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials, and Editing Essentials.

Deb’s courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre have always been extremely popular, well attended and well received. The student feedback is always excellent, and she is one of our most valued presenters.

I am very happy to furnish this reference for Deb, and if you need any more information, please don’t hesitate to phone me on (02) 9929 0088.

Thank-you card, Christmas 2018

Dear Deb,

Thank you for such an amazing year and for all your hard work.

We love you and we love working with you, Deb.

Love from the AWC team

Murray Jewell

President, WEA Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales | 16 September 2016

Certificate of appreciation

Deb Doyle

Deb Doyle has served Workers’ Educational Association Sydney as a highly respected and gifted tutor in editorial training for more than 10 years.

The Board and Council of WEA Sydney are most appreciative of your outstanding contribution to the work of the association, and on behalf of the many hundreds of students you have inspired, we are pleased to mark the occasion with our special thanks.

Margot Krekeler-Obertopp

Author, Fabric Painting series of handbooks
Coogee, New South Wales | 3 March 2017

Hi, Deb. This is one of the proofreading copies I ordered of the print version, and I am so proud to hold it in my hands! ☺

OK, there are a few things I will change/improve, but generally I’m very happy with it.

This is your copy – I say thank you very much for your support and help.


Melanie Jane Ellaway

Author, ‘Once upon a Time’. Narcissistic Abuse: The Raw Truth
Newcastle, New South Wales | 7 February 2016

When I came to have the privilege of collaborating with Deb, I’d been taken advantage of by not one but two ‘professional editors’. I’d been completely naïve about the purpose and value of paying a genuine editor to bring my unique, long, incomplete and unstructured manuscript up to scratch.

‘Once upon a Time’. Narcissistic Abuse: The Raw Truth is my first book and is undoubtedly the biggest and most important project of my life. Before I met Deb, I honestly thought I’d never see my manuscript finished and that all my efforts would be in vain. I found that Deb’s editorial input, encouragement and advice were invaluable in my accomplishment of such a high standard for my paperback and e-book.

Mine was a very difficult and complex personal story to tell. I had many ups and downs throughout the processes of writing, research, development, editing, proofreading, design and printing, and I found everything so much easier because I had Deb on my side – she was one of the few people who truly ‘got it’.

To put it simply, the author–editor relationship that soon developed between us was a godsend and was crucial in my ultimate success as a self-publisher.

Miki Simmonds

Author, Mod Journey: An Unconventional Life
Pyrmont, New South Wales | 17 September 2015

I’d next like to thank my editor Deb Doyle for writing the synopsis for the book and then helping me bring the best-possible manuscript to print standard. Deb and I worked well as a team to keep my authentic voice intact while balancing it with the demands of readability and flow.

Stephanie Smith

Author, From Bark Hut to Bombo: The Story of My Parents Cecil and Valdris (née Woldseth) McGlashan
Huntly, Victoria | 29 January 2014

Letter of appreciation

I wish to place on public record my appreciation of the excellent work done by Deb Doyle as editor of my recently published book From Bark Hut to Bombo.

Deb was very thorough with sentence construction and punctuation as well as with ensuring that nomenclature and cross-referencing were correct. Her attention to detail in the text and her suggestions as to the format of the book and the accompanying CD were excellent.

I thoroughly recommend her services to anyone wanting a first-class editing job.

Tracy-lee Adams

Graphic and Web design:
Queensland | 2 April 2012

I’ve had the pleasure of working on multiple projects with Deb since 2009. Deb’s instructions for me to correct authors’ text either in a Word file or on a proof laid out in InDesign are always clear and concise. She thinks out all her suggestions carefully, and at all stages, I’ve found her professionalism and level of expertise extremely helpful.

Because we combine our knowledge and expertise, Deb’s clients find the entire production process easier, and each project is ultimately tighter and to the highest standard.

I wholeheartedly recommend Deb Doyle as being a first-class editor, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship.

Rob Clarke

Author, Infinite Talent, Infinite Verse and Learning & Technology Impact Awards 2012 brochure
Sydney, New South Wales | 2 April 2012

It takes talent to edit manuscripts that start out as raw material, by improving them over time, in collaboration with the author, so the final published work is of as good quality as possible, and Deb Doyle is highly talented.

Brian Bloom

Author, The Last Finesse and Beyond Neanderthal
Tea Gardens, New South Wales | 1 September 2011

In 2011, Deb Doyle edited my novel The Last Finesse, which is a companion book to my first novel, Beyond Neanderthal. She has a refreshingly unique approach to editing, and although she has firm ideas of her own, she keeps her mind open to change in order to keep her thought processes highly adaptable.

For me, this willingness to be adaptable was an exceptional quality in an editor. As I see it, the editor’s role is to sublimate his or her own ego and work with the author to communicate the author’s ideas, in the most effective way, from the reader’s point of view.

In attempting to achieve this outcome for my work, Deb ensured that working with her was an absolute pleasure. Thank you, Deb.

Jen Kirkaldy

Former Manager, Corporate Communications, Mission Australia
Sydney, New South Wales | 29 August 2006

Deb Doyle’s editing skills are second to none. She has a professional attitude and is flexible to the clients’ needs, no matter how unreasonable they may be. She transformed Mission Australia’s ‘10-year anniversary’ commemorative booklet, which had been written by a number of people, into a coherent piece of writing with a consistent tone and voice.

Deb has an exceptional knowledge of grammar, editing and the book-publishing industry, which inspires confidence that the finished work will be a professional publication ready for printing once she has finished with it.

Lois Pembroke

Author (L. E. Pembroke), Children of the Anzacs: Life in Sydney in the 1940s and ’50s
Sydney, New South Wales | 23 August 2006

Deb Doyle has been editing my book, Children of the Anzacs, for the past few months. I am humbled by her knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and delighted with her meticulous approach to this work. I am especially grateful to her for, more than once, politely pointing out errors in some of my statements.

Nicholas Pike

Private-tuition student
Sydney, New South Wales | January 2019

I was looking to improve my grammar and punctuation skills, because I had changed careers. Deb was a breath of fresh air, providing professional instructions and polishing my business writing.

By helping me understand how to construct clear sentences, she’s given me confidence in both my writing and my editing techniques.

Thank you, Deb – you’re a great addition to my network.

Kirsty Simmonds

Business writer in the Public Affairs team, Mission Australia
Sydney, New South Wales | 6 September 2006

I wanted to learn how to prepare business materials that are as relevant, well structured and well written as possible. In the past, this has been a challenge for me. Deb gave me some easy planning models to work with, enhanced by lessons in editing and a quick revision of the finer points of grammar. I found the sessions really useful and, most importantly, I notice significant improvements in my work.

Mark Hanson

Real-estate valuer
Sydney, New South Wales | 6 September 2006

I was able to find Deb Doyle through some Web browsing, when I was searching for an editor to assist me in both correcting and getting across what I wanted to say in some of my reports.

I hadn’t used an editor before, so I was pretty amazed at the knowledge that Deb had of English grammar and punctuation, and at how some of the simple things she advised me to do has made a difference to my work. In addition, Deb has given me some private coaching to improve my business-writing skills in relation to my valuation reports.

Her grammar text, Grey Areas and Gremlins, has been a terrific book to work through as a refresher for my writing skills and as a continuing reference.

Deb has a professional style and manner, and is thoroughly organised, so I’m comfortable in easily recommending her services to other people.

Course-participant testimonials

A Course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Tuesday, 5 April 2022
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

The mentor was great. I learnt a lot. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

Deb, the teacher, was fabulous. She was very interactive with the class and very passionate and willing to share her knowledge. Her teaching materials were very helpful. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 4/5; NPS score: 10/10

A Course in Advanced Grammar and Editing | Wednesday, 8 December 2021
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

Great, knowledgeable teacher, willing to take questions and thoroughly address them. Practical help for improving writing. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 9/10

A Course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Wednesday, 1 December 2021
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

This is a clear, well-structured course that is interactive and in which the teacher sequentially builds understanding of complex concepts in an accessible manner. As a result, I have developed a framework for things I partially knew and understood. This is a great course, and Deb is a great instructor. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10. 

Deb was an amazing teacher who was patient, kind and approachable. She was thorough and has totally changed my perspective on writing. I am so grateful for what I have learnt! Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10.

The location was perfect, and Deb was extremely knowledgeable and personable. An extremely informative course! 

Perfect Punctuation | Saturday, 23 and 30 October 2021 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., via Zoom)
WEA Sydney

Stephanie Staudinger 

Deb, I thoroughly enjoyed your Perfect Punctuation course. You’re a fantastic teacher and extremely knowledgeable in this domain.

You provided great explanations and examples throughout the course and for all the questions the class asked. The course notes you supplied are extremely valuable and without a doubt something I’ll be referring to for a lifetime.

I’ve never felt more confident in my life with using punctuation, in particular colons and semi-colons. Thank you!

I quite liked that the course was spread across two Saturdays instead of one full day. We had time to let it all sink in and come prepared with any questions for the next class.

I’m very keen to enrol in your other two WEA Sydney courses: The Parts of Speech, and All Your Sentences Sorted. 

Glenda Stankovic 

What were the course’s weaknesses? For me personally, there were no weaknesses. Being presented via Zoom meant the course was actually more accessible for me physically, because I live on the northern beaches, and getting to the city at night-time or even on a Saturday would have been inconvenient. I have mobility issues too, so those other issues are compounded. Other institutions, closer to home, do not run similar courses and definitely do not have course leaders of Deb Doyle’s qualifications and experience.

What were the course’s strengths?  Deb Doyle! The course was accessible and interesting as well as relevant because of her obvious technical knowledge and skill in presentation.

A Course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Wednesday, 7 April 2021
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

Dear Deb, I can’t thank you enough for the enlightening one-day course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals yesterday. Course score: 5/5; tutor score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10.

Wow! Deb is absolutely brilliant. She really knows her subject matter and explained every question we threw at her. I would take any course she taught, just because she is so thorough and informative. I was surprised how quickly the time went. Who knew that grammar could be enlightening? Thanks. Course score: 5/5; tutor score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

Great practical strategies; extremely knowledgeable facilitator  Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

I especially appreciated the practical examples given during the class and how approachable the facilitator was. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

I truly enjoyed the day with Deb. Insightful and useful content  Course score: 4/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 8/10

The facilitator is very experienced and gave examples based on questions that participants raised on the day. I recommend this course to all people who want to polish their English grammar. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

Deb Doyle is an amazing lecturer! She was extremely thorough and informative and very knowledgeable about her topic. 

A Course in Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Monday, 23 November 2020
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

Deb was amazing. Her teaching was the standout factor for me because she explained everything so clearly. It did not even feel like 8 hours; it felt like I was there for half that time. I was able to understand concepts that I have never been able to understand prior, and I’m genuinely excited to apply the knowledge she gave us in real-life scenarios soon. I cannot give enough praise for the level of quality teaching she provided in this course. Simply phenomenal. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

Excellent course; well structured and interesting  Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

I found Deb to be a very informative teacher. Her use of colour co-ordination when explaining breakdowns of grammar was an effective tool I found really helpful for understanding the concepts clearly. Course score: 4/5; facilitator score: 4/5; NPS score: 8/10 

Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Friday, 8 March 2019
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

I thoroughly enjoyed Deb Doyle’s grammar class. She is a fountain of knowledge and taught me so much in such a short space of time. I would highly recommend this short course to anyone. Course score: 5/5; facilitator score: 5/5; NPS score: 10/10

Grammar and Punctuation Essentials | Australian Writers’ Centre | Wednesday, 4 July 2018


Hi, Deb.

Thanks for yesterday! It was lovely to meet you. You truly are a marvellous teacher; so thorough, knowledgeable, and patient. I hope to keep in contact and expect the majority of your students feel the same . . .


PS I copied in my work email. I welcome any future course updates.


Hi, Deb.

Thanks for yesterday. I got a lot out of your Grammar and Punctuation Essentials class. I have found myself editing my emails today, and within this, shortening my sentences (among other things).

Thank you for also sending your teaching schedule through. I actually did your Editing Essentials class quite some time ago through AWC, which is why I wanted to do yesterday’s course with you. In reality, I should have done them the other way round.

I appreciate you advising that you do one-on-one tuition as well as group work. I found this helpful to know and I will certainly keep this in mind for future reference.

Kind regards,


Hi, Deb.

Thanks so much for your email; this info is great to have. I learned so much yesterday and really enjoyed the course at the same time. You clearly have a wealth of experience and expertise in writing.

Great to see you offer one-on-one tuition too.

I look forward to the next short course I do with you.

Kind regards,

The Nine Parts of Speech | WEA Sydney | Saturday, 10 February 2018

Janice, 56–65: [Course rating:] Excellent. [Course evaluation:] I found the course to be excellent. Deb was engaging, very thorough and a wonderful communicator. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who was interested.

Female; 56–65: [Course rating:] Excellent. [Course evaluation:] I really enjoyed learning about the tools of language. I gained a practical understanding of how I can improve my sentence structure, assist readers to visualise the actions and the need to transition to a more active voice.

The knowledge I have gained has been put into practice and reflected in my reports, issues paper and a briefing note.

Deb’s passion, her step-by-step approach and the colourful materials have resulted in my feeling more confident about writing well, efficiently and clearly. I highly recommend this course. [What next?] Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs.

Female, 36–45: [Course rating:] Excellent. [Course evaluation:] I learnt so much; she’s amazing! I’ll definitely continue her different classes. [What next?] Debbie’s next course!

Male; 46–55: [Course rating:] Excellent. [Course evaluation:] The presenter – Deb – was fantastic. She was upfront and honest, and knew her materials. It was lovely to see English being used in real-world scenarios rather than just in a detached classroom situation.

Grammar and Punctuation Fundamentals | Tuesday, 9 May 2017
The Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney University

This course was a game changer. The tutor broke down concepts into simple explanations. I should have done this years ago. A great course for all walks of life.

I would like to recommend this presenter to any corporate institution to do a refresher day course – very thorough and very proactive with a hint of humour. Excellent investment.

I enjoyed the course and know I will be able to utilise what I learned in my working and everyday life.

Great course – almost too much information to pack into one day! Also appreciate the small course size because this makes for a more focused, engaging experience.

The presenter certainly delivered an excellent course. She clearly explained the intricacies of grammar and punctuation with a practical approach, and with humour, which was appreciated by the group. I am really looking forward to booking into the advanced course.

Excellent course. Look forward to attending the advanced course next year.

I definitely feel more empowered and more confident about my writing since completing this course.

Excellent course. I would highly recommend it to my colleagues. The tutor was very clear and thorough, which made the course enjoyable to learn. Thank you for lunch.

Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs WEA Sydney | Saturday, 17 March 2017

Amra, female, 46–55: [Course rating:] Good. [Course evaluation:] Excellent course program; very knowledgeable and absolutely wonderful educator. [What next?] Perfect Punctuation.