About Chris Alden, freelance copywriter

• UK freelance copywriter, working for global clients
• 20 years’ experience as writer and editor
• Expert in making complex subjects accessible
• Experienced in digital and print
• Former online editor at the Guardian
• 2:1 in English from the University of Oxford

Key strengths

Copywriting

I write high-value copy aimed at intelligent audiences. See my content portfolio for examples of my work.

Skills include:
• print and digital copywriting
• long copy such as white papers, annual reports, research reports and brochures
• complex topics such as technology, CSR, education and law.

Copy-editing

I’m an experienced copy-editor, originally trained as a sub-editor in the medical press.

I edit copy for national and international businesses – working both directly and via agencies.

Skills include:
• managing editorial projects
• restructuring complex copy to clarify key arguments
• rewriting copy in a new brand tone
• proofreading for grammar and style.

Content strategy

I help organisations develop strategic tools to communicate clearly and with focus.

Services include:
• content strategy consultancy
• training in content skills
• developing tools such as tone of voice guidance and style guides.

Bio

2003–present — freelance writer and editor

I’ve been freelance for more than 13 years. Over the years my commissions have included:

• general technology copywriting for Jisc, the digital non-profit serving UK research and education
• report copy-editing for corporate specialists Content Consulting
• print and digital campaign copy for Freshfields in 2015
• articles for B2B magazines on behalf of Grant Thornton, BT, Royal Mail, Barclays and Hiscox
• advertorials for the commercial teams of the Telegraph and the Guardian
• editing the MediaGuardian Media Directory – in those days the “media industry bible” – from 2004–06.

1999–2003 — web guides editor, Guardian Unlimited

I was editor of the UK newspaper industry’s first ever blog, the Guardian Weblog, which linked to articles from online publications around the world.

1997–99 — sub-editor, Reed Business Information

• Chief sub-editor at Hospital Doctor (c.1999), a newspaper aimed at the country’s 33,000 hospital doctors
• Senior sub-editor at Update (c.1998), a training journal for GPs
• Trainee sub-editor across medical titles (c.1997)

Memberships

I’m a member of respected bodies such as the Professional Copywriters’ Network and CharityComms.

Member of the Professional Copywriters' Network
Member of CharityComms

Where to find me

My office is in Brighton, UK, but I often travel into London to meet clients. I’m happy to work for organisations based throughout the world.

Contact me to discuss a project

Get in touch

Contact me today to discuss your content or training needs.

I look forward to hearing how I can help.

Chris Alden, freelance copywriter Member of the Professional Copywriters' Network Member of CharityComms