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Freelance Writer, Editor, Proofreader, 2008-present

Self-employed

Write targeted copy for corporate clients and consumer magazines.

  • Create copy for strategic marketing materials, including newsletter articles, brochures, and web content.
  • Twenty years of experience writing, editing, and proofreading in the health care field.
  • Tackle as much of a project as needed – from writing straight copy to managing projects from initial concept all the way through design and printing.
  • Consumer magazine credits include Ohio Magazine, Kentucky LivingAtlanta Parent, Chesapeake Family, and Columbus Parent.

Writer/Editor, 2002-2009

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Wrote, edited, and managed the creation of medical center publications for internal and external audiences. Ensured quality by following guidelines for style and standards. Collaborated with others to produce a communication strategy and style that best met the needs of the client and target audience.

Publications include:

  • Young and Healthy – Newsletter providing educational child health information to local parents. Audience: Parents. Function: Associate Editor/Writer. Circulation: 125,000.
    (Winner of 2006 IABC Bronze Quill Award of Merit)
  • Parent Update – Email newsletter offering child health and wellness topics to local parents. Audience: Parents. Function: Editor/Writer. Circulation: 2,000.
  • Research Horizons – Newsletter highlighting studies done by Cincinnati Children’s researchers. Audience: Community physicians. Function: Editor/Writer. Circulation: 35,000.
    (Winner of 2005 PRSA Blacksmith Award for Best Newsletter)
  • Brand Kit – Industry tool kit including Identity Guidelines and in-house Editorial Style Guide. Audience: Employees, vendors. Function: Writer.
  • Brochures, fact sheets, news briefs, physician letters, flyers

Web Content Editor, 2000-2002

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Senior Technical Writer, 1999-2000

Technical Writer, 1995-1998

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson), Cincinnati, Ohio

Desktop Publisher, 1995

Minuteman Press of Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Ohio

Communications Assistant, 1994

Shadeland Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Awards and Honors

  • PNWA finalist: A children's picture book I wrote was named one of eight finalists in the 2016 PNWA Literary Contest (Pacific Northwest Writers Association)
  • 5 IABC Bronze Quill Awards
  • 3 PRSA Blacksmith Awards
  • 2 MarCom Creative Awards
  • 1 American Graphic Design Award
  • 1 Hermes Creative Award
  • 1 book mention

Education

University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts – English, May 1994
Double major in English and Communications – graduated cum laude

Organizations

Freelance Success - since 2009

SCBWI | Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - since November 2015