With fifteen years of professional writing experience, I can put words to work for you in the following areas of expertise:
• Creative writing
• Web content
Words can clarify or confuse, motivate or misfire. Their effectiveness and power—whether written or spoken—are generated by the quality and presentation of usage.
Words are our weapons in the war against mediocrity.
I began my professional writing career while in the undergraduate English program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My first poem, first short story, and first magazine article were all accepted for publication.
While working on my MFA in creative writing at UNC Wilmington, I scared myself wordless when I chose to write my creative non-fiction thesis from the viewpoint of teenage sailors manning America’s newest, biggest, fastest and most technologically advanced battleship in the Pacific during World War II. I had never really liked history, but I fell in love with the men and the stories they told. The book proved to be a difficult but rewarding task.
I launched my journalism career as writer, editor, and publisher of a community newspaper. I added a quarterly equine magazine, allowing me to combine my passions for horses and writing. I advanced the newspaper publication from antiquated cut-and-paste layout to computer generated design and layout with electronic delivery to the printer. We also developed a website, launching the paper’s first online presence.
Those years honed my interviewing, writing, and editing skills, while teaching me how to multi-task writing projects and meet tight deadlines with quick turnarounds.
Journalism also taught me how to write more succinctly, so that when I returned to finish my graduate degree and write my thesis that would become my first published book, the words carried the power that made the story come alive.
For the past eight years, I have worked in higher education as a continuing education director, using my writing and speaking skills to market educational opportunities and grow programs.
I am a member of the following professional organizations.
- She Writes
- North Carolina Writers’ Network
- North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association
- North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau
Contact me for ways that I can put the power of words to work for you.