Centre for Continuing Education

Tony Spencer-Smith

Tony  Spencer-Smith


Tony Spencer-Smith loves words. He has worked with them all his life – ever since he published his own magazine while still in primary school. He moved on to become a prominent journalist, an award-winning novelist and a partner in Express Editors, a corporate writing and editing consultancy.

Since 2004, he has helped thousands of people from blue chip companies, government and not-for-profit organisations to upgrade their communication skills, becoming one of Australia’s top trainers in his field.

The broad experience he brings to his courses includes having been Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest magazine in both Australia and South Africa and a senior newspaper journalist; as a corporate writing expert he has written speeches, brochures, reports, websites, thought leadership content and internal communications for top clients.

His children’s novel The Man Who Snarled at Flowers won the biggest literary prize in South Africa, while his latest book The Essentials of Great Writing was published in Australia in 2009.

Tony has a Bachelor of Social Science degree and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In his training, he strives to inspire others to share his enthusiasm for the power of language.

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