About Nicole Johnston

I help people bring their ideas to life, through coaching or writing services.

I have a misspent youth in politics and government and had the chance to work with some amazing people including Gordon Brown and Kim Beazley.

My PhD was brought to an abrupt halt because I re-discovered my passion for writing fiction and my brain simply refused to engage any longer with administrative law. That was in 2005 and many and several manuscripts ago. Two of them ‘The Cabinet Maker’ and ‘Winter City’ can be found on here. My first delve into crime fiction will be out later this year.

Unable to keep my love of writing to myself I have two free online writing tribes on Facebook where I share the information, knowledge and skills I’ve been lucky enough to pick up over the years. You’re very welcome to join me there for some encouragement to get your own books finished.


My publications

Winter City

The Cabinet Maker

How a Hashtag Changed the World

Writing Advice

I have three, free, online writing tribes where you can access information and advice in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

Facebook Writing Tribe

For all fiction or non-fiction writing.

The Business Book Writing Tribe

Also on Facebook, dedicated to business books and blogs.

LinkedIn Writing Tribe

For all writing, period.

If you would like free writing advice direct to your inbox then sign up now to get The Morning Latte – my fortnightly newsletter for writers or people who are ready to write their book

Success stories from my Tribe

Check out what some of my tribe say about working with me.
  • Jackie Groundsell

    Owner and CEO at 1230 The Women's Company
    What an amazing day! Thanks so much Nicole Johnston. I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I really needed to take action on my long awaited words! The format was clear and thorough. and I came away having achieved all the stated objectives. It's said that we all have a book inside us, so watch this space, and if you're thinking of putting pen to paper for your book - I can't recommend Nicole highly enough.
  • Kate Fridriks

    I can thoroughly recommend Nicole as a writing coach. Although I had almost finished my book by the time I joined one of Nicole's private groups, nevertheless, my writing has since benefitted enormously, from her vast expertise, and enthusiastic coaching and input. Nicole believed in my writing and prompted and nudged me at the right times. Now I am at submissions stage, having already received encouraging feedback from literary agents. Nicole's huge experience and passion for all things writing, shines through everything that she does. She will help you nurture whatever your writing dream is to fruition.
  • Julie Budge

    Founder and CEO of My Sister’s House Women’s Centre
    Embarking on the book journey, I met through a FB group the ever so talented Nicole. She gave me free book coaching which kept me moving and every Tuesday evening I had to report in with writing comrades. She was fierce but fair and the reason the book was written in just 12 weeks. A truly compassionate, wonderful woman.
  • Alexandra Galviz

    Social Media Influencer LinkedIn Top Voice, LinkedIn Branding & Marketing
    It all started with grabbing a coffee with her and I was in awe of her experience and knowledge. Since then I've partnered up with her on varying different projects, some personal and others as part of the LocalX business I co-founded. She's been an absolute pleasure to deal with both helping ghostwrite an article for me but also with her non-fiction online course, which has been fantastic to put more structure into something I've postponed for quite some time. Lastly her help with communications and policy for LocalX has been outstanding and she has gone way beyond the call of duty to over deliver on numerous projects. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, you won't regret it!
  • Mairi McHaffie

    MD, SceneChange Creative Consultants Ltd
    Nicole is a concept to delivery communications expert. From our initial approach to her she immersed herself in understanding our brand, our values and our industry. Our offerings are very specific to many strands of diversity and inclusion with all of their individual values and needs. Nicole worked up some thought provoking and on trend blogs that gave our customers a call to action to engage more with us and ultimately buy our workshops. She is fast, clever and results driven. We highly recommend her for all your intelligent engagement comms.
  • Maureen Tuitt

    Therapist, Group Leader and Facilitator at Insight Specialist Counselling Service
    I have not shared my writing before and sharing it here gave me the confidence to continue to write. Believing now that my writing is not to sit in the computer but to be of benefit to others too and may even change lives. The feedback was given gently/kindly with information/teaching added. Thank you Nicole Johnston. It was so useful.
  • Anne Gould

    Journalist, Writer, Editor and Video Trainer at WorkingWordz Video
    Although I am a professional writer of sorts - a journalist - I'd never dared hope that I could write anything creative or fiction-like because I'd set the bar too high. This group has enabled me to explore other forms of writing but more importantly get positive feedback which has made an enormous difference. Thank you Nicole.
  • Jane Jackson

    Author, Monsters Under My Bed: Recovering From Childhood Trauma
    Nicole's group provides a safe and supportive environment for exploring your writing. Having a daily target of 10minutes writing is so achievable and I was delighted with the amount I got written in just 7 days.
  • Iustin Ghergu

    Blog Author at Medium, Software Developer
    Nicole is guaranteed to keep you at a productive level AND maintain your work at high standards before deadlines get close. My experience working with her has been great so far, looking towards further collaboration.
  • Debbie Fisher

    Coach and Facilitator, Debbie Fisher Coaching
    Nicole helped me with writing website copy, blog posts and even simple things like events flyers. This type of writing is not in my comfort zone and Nicole gently but assertively gave me feedback on what was and what wasn’t great about what I’d written. Helpful suggestions made all the difference. She is my go-to person for writing advice and that’s why I’m delighted to collaborate with her on her writing workshops.
  • Jamie Ward-Smith

    CEO, Do IT Foundation
    Nicole has excellent written and verbal communications skills. She has first class interpersonal skills and is able to produce high quality written work – such as press releases and policy lines, within tight deadlines.
  • Lisa Beyt

    Health and Wellbeing Programmes Advisor
    Nicole is an extremely able professional, with excellent verbal and written communication skills. She is highly adept at building effective and sustainable relationships with a range of partners across the private, public and third sectors. Nicole is dedicated and highly organised, and has a pragmatic and solution-focused approach which guarantees impact from the projects she leads.

Ready to learn more?

Find out about the services I can offer you or view my online courses.