Hi there, I’m Cecily Paterson from The Red Lounge for Writers.

Writer, editor, freelance writer, writing coach, creative

I’m a writer, editor, writing coach, hand-holder, encourager, creative and person who gets stuff done.

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Are you one of those people who says, One day I'll write a book'?

Or do you actually want to get it done?
(Hint: the ones who talk about it rarely do it.)




If you’re here because:

  • You’ve got a story to tell, an idea that’s been bubbling in the back of your brain for years, but you have no idea how to get started
  • You’ve written something, but you know it’s not right, and you’re feeling discouraged
  • You feel you’re ‘meant’ to write, but you just don’t have the skills
  • You’re looking for someone to teach you how to do it in simple, practical ways that you can really grab hold of...

…then the Red Lounge for Writers is for you.

Call us your coach, your mentor, your nourisher or your kick-starter... whatever. We don't mind. What's important is that we'll help you start and finish a book. A book that you're proud of, and one that people are going to want to read.

Freelance writer and editor for hire

Hi, I’m Cecily

As a writing coach and editor, I’ve spent years working with inspiring, smart clients who’ve had a passion to tell their story.

For the most part, the people I guide and teach aren’t professional writers. They’re all sorts of people: business people, stay at home mums, entrepreneurs, pastors, techy people and retired folks.

People just like you.

They’re from different backgrounds, and different parts of the world, but they all have the same thing in common: they want to write their story, they want to do it well, and they’re honest enough to know they need a little direction or polish along the way.

I feel rejuvenated and happy when I inspire someone to get their story down on paper. It’s compelling, powerful and profound when I see a person writing more brilliantly, finding better ways to reach their audience. I feel luminous when I see someone’s book coming to life.

Helping you write better gives me energy, spirit and warmth. My goal is to inspire, stimulate and boost your skills and knowledge. I want to give you help that’s smart, succinct and easy to follow. I want to support and urge you to keep going, even when it’s hard. And I want to reassure you when you need confidence.

Come, sit on the red lounge,
and write with me.


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It is clear that she knows what it take to make a story come to life.
— Cindi M
Writing can be a lonely art, if you are looking for someone to come alongside you and help make your writing pop, I recommend Cecily thoroughly.
— Laura T
Cecily is a master of seeing what is NOT there on the page.
— Christine D

Who we are


Cecily Paterson is the founder of The Red Lounge for Writers, and it’s her face you’ll see most often in our videos. (Whether or not that’s a good thing we’ll leave up to you.) She is the author of six novels for young teen girls, the first of which, Invisible, was a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014. Her memoir, Love, Tears & Autism, won third place in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards in 2012. Cecily has worked as a freelance writer and editor for over ten years.

Writing coach and editor | writing courses on the web
Writing coach and editor | writing courses on the web

Selena Hanet-Hutchins is the author of the children’s book, Mariella and the Stars, and an experienced editor across many genres who has worked in the publishing industry in Australia for over 15 years. Selena has taught writing at Wollongong University and runs oodles of writing workshops and critique groups. She is the co-creator of our Write Your Memoir course and we expect to see her on a video very soon.