Portfolio – some recent work
As a freelance copywriter at the agency Maverick, Mike has written training scripts, advertisements, brochures, marketing copy for a prestigious portfolio of clients.
He has also written and designed reports and brochures for a variety of clients including Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust and is published a book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the club’s charity arm. He is also a co-editor of of the Watford Treasury a visual history of the football club.
We also work with the Marketing department of the Technical University of Delft (TUDelft) with web and print marketing copy for the unique range of specialised courses offered. We take academics’ drafts and rewrite them, making them attractive to the global market place for online learning.
Scriptwriting and development
Lepaya Virtual Reality Training packages
We have started on a series of development and scripting of Power Skills training sessions delivered through virtual reality headsets for the international training agency Lepaya based in Amsterdam. Highly interactive training involves developing realistic business scenarios and adding multiple choice questions to enable learners to successfully continue the conversations with the on screen avatars.
Mike created a four level DVD series to supplement the teaching of English in secondary schools in southern Europe. He developed the syllabuses, co-wrote 36 ten-minute films which combine carefully structured drama sequences and cross-curricular documentaries. These include interactive comprehension questions, coloured subtitles to indicate key functional language and replays of key scenes to ensure retention. The first market is Spain where the DVDs were launched in late 2015 to great acclaim.
]Videotel for the Baltic and International Maritime Council
We provide scripts and storyboard outlines for a series of interactive screen-based diploma packages on aspects of maritime law and commercial practices.
The latest is on Voyage Chartering. Using video, interviews, graphics and a high degree of interactivity the modules have proved very successful.
The magazine Zoom Japan which covers all aspects of life in Japan and all things Japanese in the UK asked us to visit the newly opened Muga restaurant and review it. The subsequent article included interviews and our photographs.
Editing and native language checking
Through a link with the Utrecht-based agency Tekst2000 we are engaged in the co-development of native language accurate examination scripts for BureauICE which sets the English language competence tests for Dutch students to progress to further and higher education. We also work with a number of other publishers in the Netherlands.
Writing and native language checking
For the Dutch publisher Malmberg we are contributing original listening and reading scripts as well as checking all the native language texts for a series of new English language course books for Dutch secondary schools.
Writing workbooks and training activities
We have written and conceived pre-conference activities for adults, interactive on screen materials for children and adults and developed workbooks and worksheets to extend learning from video projects.
We write an occasional blog mostly about our travels. I have also contributed to blogs for others from time to time and am always happy to engage in short form projects of this kind.
In 2021 we wrote a series of blogs and the script for a concert of Restoration Music buy the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.