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Lisa Litjens: editor, writer





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Lisa Litjens

Lisa Litjens is a freelance book editor and writer, having worked in publishing for over 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing from Curtin University. She speaks Italian and Spanish.

For five years, she presented the environmental program, Understorey, on Perth’s community radio RTRFM, which cemented her passion for the environment and sustainability. She has been co-writing an eco novel and spends much of her time helping out on environmental campaigns with writing and editing.

She has edited fiction and non-fiction, history and environmental reports, with two published works of historical non-fiction winning the Premiers Award, 2010 (WA) and the Margaret Metcalf Award, 2013.

She was the Associate Editor for the creative writing journal, indigo, volumes 1-3; and researcher, writer and editor for the Kaartdijin Noongar cultural website at the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council (recognised by Department of Premier and Cabinet as a valuable public asset).

In the Federal election 2013, Lisa campaigned for The Greens WA: writing, editing and organising other volunteers to re-elect Senator Scott Ludlum. She has been a volunteer in Senator Rachel Siewart's office as a researcher and writer.

A great deal of her freelance work consists of developmental editing and mentoring writers.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia, 2004
Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing, Curtin University, 2006
Internships: UWA Press; Perth International Arts Festival, 2005; Senator Rachel Siewart's Perth office, 2014.


A book editor for 16 years: specialising in fiction, and history, with a strong environmental interest.

Websites: Kaartdijin Noongar; Environment & Education.

Research & development of Handbook for Psychologists working with children.

Long and short fiction, non-fiction, history, romance, children's literature and memoir. Masters and PhD theses in the sciences, including scientific papers published internationally. Environmental editing for The Greens and individuals.
2016: 'Recovery Stories' for Mental Health Association Australia.

Developmental editing and mentoring.
Manuscript assessment.

Selected Titles & Awards:

UWA Publishing
Ciara's Gift
Vite Italiane (Winner of WA Premier's Award, 2010)

Fremantle Press
The Mimosa Tree
Centenary of Bayswater History

Scholarly Publishing
A Different Kind of Subject (WInner of Medcalf Award, 2013)

Jasper Books
Road to Hanging Rock