About Barbara

Birthday photos 2015 by Trina 271

Writing, editing, mentoring, spiritual directing,  singing, skiing,  jewelry making,  curly-haired word nerd

I am a communications professional with over twenty-five years of experience in writing, editing, media, public relations, marketing, corporate training, event planning, and fundraising. All of these jobs were interesting and fun but I finally found my tribe when I met all the other “word nerds” in the University of Washington editing certificate program and at the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. I realized that I wasn’t the only one who loved reading the dictionary or diagramming sentences.

As an author and freelance writer-editor for nearly two decades, my articles, essays, and columns have appeared in books, professional journals, regional newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and websites. I was even fortunate enough to earn the coveted “above-the-fold” newspaper placement as well as magazine cover articles.

Recently as an editor, I have worked with amazing physicians doing great healing work and writing books about it. Years ago, I was also one of the founding writer-editors for a regional website that won an Edward R. Murrow award for Best Television Site (Small Markets). Early in my career, I produced entertainment and marketing video content, winning a “best marketing video” award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Writing and Editing Work includes:

    • non-fiction books
    • writing and/or editing website copy
    • press releases and marketing materials
    • booklets, annual reports, and executive profiles
    • corporate newsletter writing and editing
    • magazine and website articles
    • advertisements, flyers, and brochures
    • newspaper articles and columns
    • speeches
    • spiritual writing (meditations, rituals, and prayers)
    • training manuals
    • dissertation editing
    • medical/dental writing and editing

Other Work Experience I have held positions in non-profit public relations and development, broadcast television management, corporate training, and community education. Life-long mobility and resulting adaptability have given me a unique perspective on people, business, community, and the ability of one person to effect change.

Education Montclair State University (Upper Montclair, New Jersey) BA communications, magna cum laude, writing honors award as the best writer in the program

Certifications

Editing certificate, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
SEO copywriting certification (Success Works, the only industry-endorsed program)
Spiritual director certification (Benedictine Monastery, San Luis Obispo, California)

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Albert Einstein