Marisa Wikramanayake
Marisa Wikramanayake


Marisa Wikramanayake spends most of her time writing. This was never going to change so she thought she should at least get paid for it. So now she geeks out with scientists, debates journalism practice and if that isn’t enough she tries to write novels while editing other writers’ work. Occasionally her demanding cat sends her out for caviar. She currently occupies a chair at Curtin University’s Digital Media Unit, helping to run the social media channels and chasing down awesome staff and students to write news stories.

Her journalism credits include being in ground zero of a bomb blast twice, having her phones tapped and being a tad freaked out by the Scientologists. Publishing-wise, her first book came out at 17 and her natural habitat is a secondhand bookstore, a library or a literary festival (she’s covered the Galle Lit Festival with Richard Dawkins and has just finished organising IPEd’s latest national editing conference). She also pokes her nose in at Australian Women Writers, where she is the non-fiction editor, and lends her geek goddess expertise to the Guys Read Gals project and the Society of Editors (WA). To find out more about Marisa and her work, look her up at her blog at marisa.com.au or on Twitter @mwikramanayake.




What do I talk about? Freelancing as an editor, freelancing as a writer, freelancing as a journalist, editing for the web, online writing, marketing, social media and how to use it, editing crime fiction, working as a science journalist and the list goes on…

Try checking out the blog for ideas too…

As for what I am like when I speak, this video might help you out.

I am blunt and I have a sense of humour. I prefer to engage the audience by making them answer questions and think about things. I like to use examples and I don’t usually work with slides but I do try to give my audience resources to take away. And I am always amenable to being cornered afterwards for a chat.


As for where I can travel to, I am happy to travel but we will need to discuss timing and costs.

As for where I have presented/spoken at, see the list below.


August 2010: University of Western Australia Science Communication Series: Being a science journalist. Resulting resources: a rough guide.

April 2012: Society of Editors (WA): Editing & the web: how to edit work online & how to use the internet as a freelance editor

August 2012: The Walkley Mediapass Student Day, Perth: What you need to know about freelance journalism

September 2012: CrimeScene WA 2012, Perth: An editor’s take on writing crime fiction

10 April 2013: The Rockstar Freelancer Lifestyle Workshop, 6th IPEd National Editors Conference 2013.

10 April 2013: Convenor’s welcome for the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference 2013.

13 April 2013: Convenor’s closing address for the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference 2013.

August 2013: Workshops on social media, blogging and freelance writing as part of Term 3 classes for the City of Fremantle’s Meeting Place Community Program.

August 2013: Speech for the Society of Editors (WA) Inc’s birthday celebration.

4 October 2013: Livetweeted the Jonathan Holmes Lecture at Curtin University

6 – 12 October 2013: Curated the @realscientists Twitter account

12 October 2013: Crimescene WA – Editing your work

Satima Flavell and I presented a session on how editors work with crime fiction and what NOT to do when writing a crime fiction book at the next Crimescene WA Conference.

14-15 October 2017: Panellist on the Freelancing Panel, Building Alliances Panel and the Mentoring Panel, 8th IPEd National Editors Conference 2017.


I charge between $300 to $700 AUD within Australia but I am open to negotiation especially if you are a not for profit or cause related organisation or event. Feel free to discuss it with me.

Outside Australia, we’d have to talk about travel costs unless your event neatly coincides with other travel plans. Again, feel free to discuss it with me.