I offer sensitivity reading for:
– Nuanced, best-practice complex mental health representation (anxiety, depression, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorder, BPD, BPII, self-harm, s*****l ideation, mental illness in adolescence, living with parental mental health issues, and CPTSD/trauma.)
– Neurodiversity (focus on ADHD.)
– Sex work presentation/representation.
– LGBTQI+ representation (focus on queer, pansexual and bisexual experience.)
I read for the above topics from an #ownvoices perspective. I offer reasonable rates, written reports, and manuscript markup. I also am able to recommend #ownvoices sensitivity readers for a range of other topics/identities.
I also provide creative mentorship for both writing development and specific projects.
Please contact me for further details and quotes.
'I commissioned the excellent Marlee for a sensitivity read of my middle fiction book, “How to Write the Soundtrack of Your Life”. She was a responsive communicator who kept me updated with the progress of her work, and when her report arrived, it was a thorough and incisive look into the issues I’d been hoping for feedback on. She offered efficient and helpful feedback, suggestions for further research, and additional editing notes. I’d absolutely, full-heartedly recommend Marlee Jane Ward for sensitivity reads or any other work.'-Fiona Hardy
'Working with MJ as a writing mentor was such an enriching and fruitful experience. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t worked with a mentor before, but within our few months together MJ manoeuvred me in a powerful direction and I am thankful to have come away from the experience with an armload of resources and a definite confidence to move forward in my project. MJ was sharply structured in her feedback, had access to a great network of resources and took considerate care in how she planned our steady progression - I am so grateful for my time with MJ.'- Eva Oh