Creative Content Writer & Editor for Arts, Culture & Humanities

Stuck for words?

You want to put well-polished, well-written words out into the world but you’re not sure where to begin (or end)…

Then it's time to bring in a professional.

Hi, I'm Elen Turner

My writing work spans many genres and topics, including travel, arts & crafts, culture, literature, healthcare, wellness, higher education & careers, online learning, infrastructure, SAAS, and more


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Australian National University 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours, English and History, University of Otago 2006
  • Diploma for Graduates, Art History, University of Otago 2006

Buy my book

Experience New Zealand travel guide reveals exciting new ways to explore this iconic destination with one-of-a-kind adventures at every turn. Climb Auckland’s ancestral mountains, visit the Bay of Islands’ golden beaches, scout Christchurch’s fun food scene – using our local experts and planning tools to create your own unique trip.

Experience New Zealand Guide Book

[ Services ]

Creative Content Writing

  • Content writing, copywriting, and long-form content for businesses in the creative industries
  • Long-form writing and journalism on travel, arts, and culture topics

Elevate your brand awareness and improve customer engagement through well-researched, carefully crafted SEO-enhanced copywriting and content writing

Academic Editing

  • Developmental editing and copyediting for theses and manuscripts in the arts and humanities
  • Proofreading for shorter academic texts and websites

I work with graduate students, scholars and independent researchers, and undergraduate students who meet certain ethics criteria

[ Portfolio ]

[ Testimonials ]

When it comes to writing about creative pursuits—crafts, knitting, crochet, art history, painting, you name it—you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more well-versed than Elen. Over the past two years, my content agency has worked with a world-class brand in the online education space to create SEO-optimized content on a wide array of creative topics. I've hired Elen to write 1-3 articles per week, and her passion for the arts, global perspective, and clear writing style shines through in each one. I'd happily recommend her for any project that needs an expert touch to creative topics.
Adrian Granzella Larssen,
Editorial Director and Founder of Society Content
Elen has worked with TripAdvisor and Viator for over two years, as a freelance writer and content researcher. She’s unfailingly professional and efficient in her projects—whether she’s working on product copy, marketing emails, or content audits. Elen is a pleasure to work with as well; she’s always positive, reliably meets deadlines, and has been a trusted resource for countless quick-turnaround projects. In terms of destination expertise for travel writing and research, Elen’s significant first-hand knowledge of Asia (Nepal, India, Japan), New Zealand, and Australia have been particularly valuable.
Caeleigh MacNeil,
Editor at TripAdvisor
Elen is a seriously good editor. I asked her to look at my most recent book proposal before I sent it to my agent, and her questions and suggestions honestly sorted out so many of the knots and tangles in my head. I came away with sample chapters that were so much more clean and clear. And as well as providing those ‘big picture’ edits, Elen also sorted out my glaring and tiny grammatical mistakes. In short, she is the kind of editor you want by your side.
Ailsa Ross,
Author of 'The Woman who rode a shark and other stories of daring women'
I was thrilled to work with Elen Turner on my second memoir Still Life With Saints, Italian Adventures of Magical Spirit. Elen was more than a good editor, she has an ear for storytelling backed up with plenty of experience in the field. I met Elen as a behind the scenes editor on a few pieces I wrote for a popular women’s online travel journal. She is confident and thorough, respectful and deeply passionate about her work while maintaining the writer’s voice and integrity on the page. I highly recommend her.
Angela Paolantonio,
Author of 'Ghosts of Italy' and 'Still Life with Saints'
"After working with Elen on a long-term content project, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She adapted to our style from the first piece of work she delivered, and her excellent writing skills meant rounds of feedback were rarely required. I look forward to working with Elen again in the future."
David Deville,
SEEK Australia

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