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For my first organized foray into writing I wrote a vampire romance novel where the protagonist-lovers constantly bared their fangs at each other. I was eleven years old. It was summer. I was reading lots of Bram Stoker. I was madly in love with a sixth-grade crush I won't slander here by naming.
My understanding of storytelling has come a long way since then. I promise.
I hold an MS in Journalism from Columbia University and an MFA in English from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where I studied fiction writing with some of America's finest novelists, including Marilynne Robinson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ethan Canin, Alexander Chee, and Michelle Huneven. My own fiction and non-fiction has appeared in national publications such as the Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, Narrative Magazine, The Chicago Times, The New York Times, and Consumer Reports.
I started as storyteller, became a journalist, developed into an editor, and have come back around to storytelling. For the last decade I've been helping national media outlets, non-profits, small businesses, art galleries, individual authors, and Fortune 500 companies maximize their messages and produce sharp and powerful written content. Some of my past and current clients include Consumer Reports, The New York Times Company, MassMutual Insurance, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Beyond Type 1, The Mayo Clinic, The University of Iowa Press, Bull City Press, and the Jenny Holzer Studio Gallery.
I've written and edited extensively for both print and online platforms, including newspapers, magazines, corporate newsletters, trade publications, Web sites, blogs, and social media. I'm equally comfortable working on in-house or consumer-facing projects. While, as a writer and editor, I've specialized in health, finance, social policy, the arts, and environmental and conservation issues, I'm proud of my adaptability and versatility. Today a writer can't be just one thing. A writer needs to be able to create copy, edit content, and design and build newsletters, white pages, and Web sites.
My goal is always to create work that's right for the client: that speaks in his or her voice, supports his or her brand, and achieves his or her strategic goals, whether you’re a non-profit looking to clarify your mission statement, a financial company with a prospectus that needs a content editor, or a small business that needs a Web site overhaul and a marketing plan.
You may not even know exactly what you need. Let's talk. Writing isn't just the act of composition; it's the act of imagining and envisioning.