Ruth is an excellent writer. I particularly remember her ability to turn internal, formal, jargon-heavy university documents into language that was accessible and relevant to students. She wrote eye-catching and pertinent press releases in order to present matters of university or government policy to stakeholders in an informative way. Ruth’s work led to a significant increase in student involvement when she was President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association.
Lorna Davidson, Former Student Advisor
Ruth is a passionate champion for Australian writers and a skilled social media strategist, with a warm and engaging ‘can do’ personality.
I have had poor experiences using external communications resources because, by their nature, they are not as attuned to your approach. You can burn time on the brief and still end up bogged down in revisions. That’s not been my experience with Ruth. She either ‘gets it’ straight up or she takes first draft feedback and turns it into the right outcome. Its a rare skill and it equates to real value in a busy environment.
In all our interactions, Ruth has proven herself to be conscientious, dedicated and thorough. She is a passionate advocate for the arts and literature and pours her heart into everything she does. I could not recommend her more highly.
Years ago, as part of my editing role at Mothers Always Write, I was tasked with coaching a group of writers for an intensive boot camp, in which Ruth was enrolled. The process was part collaborative editing, part brutally honest feedback, and all sourced from deeply personal experiences. Ruth was a pleasure to work with: responsive, receptive, and gracious. She writes from her heart, in a style both lyrical and precise, with adept skills for the literary and expository essay.
Michelle Riddell, reviewing editor
I worked with Ruth during her time at Stop Climate Chaos – she managed the role of bringing together multiple organisations, (with their separate identities, priorities and plans), to deliver joint plans that contributed to real change – an achievement not to be underestimated! She’s a brilliant strategist and a creative force, I’d have no hesitation in recommending her to organisations looking for campaign delivery or communications support.
Eilidh Macpherson, Campaigns Manager
Ruth Dawkins is an inspiration to fellow writers, and a valuable asset in the corporate world. Having worked with her in a professional capacity at the Tasmanian Writers Centre, as well as reading her freelance pieces, I have been impressed by Ruth’s remarkable copywriting and storytelling abilities. Ruth crafts pieces with warmth and sensitivity; qualities she also extends into her social media work as a way to build and nurture the virtual communities in which she is involved. I feel lucky to have worked with Ruth, and to know that her down-to-earth and generous nature is at the foundation of her career in this industry.
I worked with Ruth in her previous role as Coordinator for the Stop Climate Chaos coalition in Scotland. A talented, professional and driven communicator, Ruth led the campaign expertly, successfully managing relations with numerous stakeholders and producing engaging communication materials to greatly further the campaign.
Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager
It’s always so nice to know there’s a friendly local face behind a corporate Social Media account, and Ruth was always the epitome of this for the Tasmanian Writers Centre. So many places struggle with the balance between voice, engagement, and call to action, but Ruth managed this perfectly.