Helen West

Helen West∙Writer∙Editor∙Trainer∙Coach







Helen West: Making every word work for you

When people ask what I do, my answer is direct:

I work with you to ensure every word you write is easily read and understood by your target audience. 

Some writers look for training or coaching to help them improve their writing skills. Other writers look for support in writing or editing an important document. I can help on all counts.

My business is helping managers, engineers, scientists and technical specialists to produce reports, proposals, research articles, technical manuals. And many more technical and business documents.

Writing can be a challenge when specialised and complex information has to be presented clearly and clearly. To a target audience who may not have the same specialist knowledge as the writer. And this is where I can help.

What’s more, writing is an important part of the job for  managers, engineers, scientists, and technical specialists. Whether you’re working in business, industry, research and government.

So the better you can write, the more efficient and productive you are. 

About me

I’m Australian, and I’ve lived and worked in the Netherlands for 30 years. How did I get here? That’s a long story. Before we settled in the Netherlands, we lived and worked in Australia, UK and Nigeria.

I graduated from the University of New England (NSW) Australia. And I’m trained and credited teacher and trainer.

I keep up to date with the latest professional developments by participating in short, intense language and writing courses.

Writing and editing 

Since coming to living in the Netherlands, I’ve worked freelance as an English writer, editor, trainer, coach.

I’ve learned and refined techniques to write complex information in a way that is quick and easy to understand for the target readers. On the way, I’ve picked up all sorts of tips and tricks to streamline the writing process.  

Over the years, I worked with managers, engineers, scientists and technical specialists in:

    • Industrial multinationals (GE Plastics, DSM)
    • Dutch companies operating internationally
    • Research institutes and universities
    • Government ministries and the European Commission in Brussels. 

My experience extends to English writing and editing for companies and organisations in many different sectors and specialist areas that include: 

      • Health, food and nNutrition
      • Transport, infrastructure, engineering
      • Pharmaceuticals, Plastics and Industrials
      • Environment, agriculture and forestry 
      • Architecture and construction
      • Banking, Finance, Economics, Labour Market. 

Training and coaching

And along the way, I’ve picked up many techniques, tips and tricks on technical and business writing,  These tried and tested ways make your writing clear, concise and coherent. 

I have discovered at first had what works and why, and of course, what doesn’t work. And how to streamline the writing process so that writing is quick, easy and fun.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve trained and coached engineers, technical specialists, economists, managers and scientists in many different sectors.

The companies and organisations are listed in my CV. If you want to know about my training and coaching experience, please contact me at west@englishcom.nl

Something to think about

My ideas about clear, concise writing are not new. 

In today’s information overload, the principles of good writing formulated some 100 years ago are more relevant than ever today.

Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.
The Elements of Style, William Strunk Jr., 1918