Writing, Editing and Communications Consulting
is a writer, editorial consultant, college instructor and writing coach. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The
Washington Post, The Harvard Law & Policy Review, Condé Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, USA
Today and other publications.
Services: Writing, Editing, Advising
* Guides for school systems & other organizations (i.e. employee handbooks, teacher evaluation guides, etc.)
* Speeches, public testimony, book chapters & forewords
* Website content
* Communications Plans, Strategic plans, reports, proposals
* OpEds, press releases, media pitches, e-newsletters
* Blogs (writing, editing,
management of consistency in
messaging and branding)
* Employee/member/leader profiles to tell an
* Staff training on style guides, consistent messaging and
* Book Publicity (i.e. press releases for galleys)
About the Blog - Angels in Shipwrecks
I earned my first paycheck as a writer when I won an elementary school contest for my story about a tiger's troubled friendship with an incompatible bee. It was the first time I realized I was in love with shaping words and images into story, and that if I worked hard enough at it, someone else may want to read it too.
Growing up in Rhode Island, when we had visitors my parents made my five siblings and I lead the same tour along the terrifying but stunning cliff walks of Newport, followed by days at Second Beach where our skin crunched tight with salt and we dined in our bathing suits on picnic tables, feasting on clam cakes and watching the shadows approach until we shivered violently enough to go home.
One day at the beach I found an old overturned rowboat leaning against a food shack. I surrounded it with pictures I drew in the sand, sprinkled paths of seaweed from a door I framed with stones, and convinced my sister and cousin that a beautiful angel lived underneath, and I had met her.
I insisted it was as true as the sun that had driven the angel to an upside-down rowboat home for shelter. I added details to convince them: a rock pushed aside by the door as evidence she had just left, white gossamer wings and her lonely life under the sand, a life saved by days when little girls like us would come to see her.
This may have been where I first began to wonder about the ways place fuels our lives. Whether we pay attention or not, the places we choose, or are chosen for us as children, are as alive as our families and teachers in shaping who we are.
When the real world offered ways to write and work with others on their writing, I started in college
with an internship at Paramount Pictures in the literary affairs office, where upcoming novels went to be reviewed for their film potential.
I still love the challenge of writing for others and helping an individual or organization to express unique messages and voices, whether it is because they don't have time to do it all themselves, or because they are not sure yet what they want their message to be.
But while writing for others can pay for the gas to get to the beach, it will not unearth the angel who lives there or explore the shipwrecks that shape our lives.
So I am venturing into the Twitterverse, looking for great blogs and starting my own. Here I will write about whatever strikes me, whether it is what compels us to the places we call home; relationship; culture; health; loss; women who inspire; provocative books, articles or ideas.
For me it is all fodder for the next story about the shipwrecks that save us, or the tiger and the bee who cannot get along when all they hear are the roar and the buzz of the other. If any blog entry here lifts you up, makes you think or smile, or sparks reflection or discussion, it will be time well spent.
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