1976 – present Writer, Book Coach, and Developmental/Academic Editor
First published in 1976, I have written books, book chapters, articles, essays, white papers, opinion pieces, and educational pieces. I have also “ghosted” books for others. I am currently at work on a piece of historical fiction.
I have been editing for over three decades, working in a variety of disciplines. These days I do primarily developmental (“big picture”) editing of books and dissertations. I am also available for book coaching, where I help you develop the concept and structure of your book, and consulting on book drafts for advice on how to improve the book.
2011 – present Blogger
In addition to blogging on this website and my page on LinkedIn, I have contributed blog posts for “The Heroine Journey Project” at Brandeis University, thewellwrittenwoman.com, FineWiner.com, theglobalquestion.com, The Pacifica Post, and Archetypal Narrative Intelligence.
2009 – present Teaching & Speaking
Have served as supervisor for MA theses and on dissertation committees for doctoral students. Guest lecturer for film classes/workshops at San Bernadino Community College and Capilano University. Taught several adult learning classes at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Co-taught philosophy class for local Clemente Course in the Humanities. Frequent guest speaker at area churches, groups, and organizations.
2007 – 2019 Freelance editing and writing coach
Clients included the Committee for Children, Cosmic Strands (Elsevier), the Institute for Functional Medicine, GetWellNetwork, NutritionistApproved, master’s and doctoral level students, and book authors.
2010-2011 Review Editor, Mythological Studies Magazine, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Performed final edit on all papers accepted for publication in graduate program e-zine.
2009-2010 Editorial Board, Mythological Studies Magazine, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Reviewed and recommended papers for publication in graduate program e-zine.
1/99 – 12/06 Medical Writer/Editor, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Port Townsend, WA
Developed health education content using the Internet and medical textbooks and journals; worked with specialist reviewers. Edited company newsletter. Wrote/edited other company materials including white papers. Developed interactive scripts for telephone and Web from pharmaceutical company sales materials. Helped write company style guide.
8/96 – 1/99 Senior Medical Writer/Editor and Managing Editor, Healthwise, Boise, ID
Wrote about health conditions for online database used by HMO patients. Mentored junior writers. For 19 months was the Managing Editor for line of medical self-care books; developed first Canadian, South African, and British editions of the Healthwise Handbook. Wrote health column for Idaho Statesman.
3/93 – 7/96 Freelance writing and editing
Wrote or edited technical documents and manuscripts. Specialized in technical information for the lay audience such as patient information brochures and environmental impact statements. Primary author of manual on legal means of preserving wilderness and open space in Washington State. Clients included Microsoft, CH2M Hill, Access Marketing, and PTI Environmental Services. Also wrote essays and articles for newspapers.
3/90 – 3/93 Senior Technical Editor, PTI Environmental Services, Bellevue, WA
Edited and finalized proposals, reports, user guides, white papers, and manuscripts. Primary editor on project to make public manuals more “user-friendly” for the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Ecology. Co-wrote company style guide.
8/88 – 6/89 Managing Editor, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Editor of the peer-reviewed Mason Clinic Bulletin. Scheduled physician articles, edited articles, oversaw graphics, proofed galleys and bluelines, managed budget. Revised magazine style guide. Also edited or “ghosted” articles for clinic physicians for other journals, and researched and wrote patient education materials and press releases.
10/83 – 7/88 CME Coordinator, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Put on over 100 conferences for continuing medical education program. Wrote proposal for VMMC’s successful re-accreditation as one of only two Category 1 CME providers in the state.
6/80 – 12/80 Staff Writer, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA
Researched/wrote medical sections of A Healthy Old Age: A Sourcebook for Health Promotion with Older Adults.
- Taught 13-week class on writing skills to PhD- and MS-level scientists
- Graduate teaching assistant, 400-level class on human development and sexuality, U. of Washington
- 7 years direct experience providing health education to patients and families
- 3 years direct experience as paramedical assistant providing healthcare to women
PhD, Mythological Studies with Depth Psychology emphasis, 2013, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA
MA, Mythological Studies with Depth Psychology emphasis, 2010, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA
Certificate in Nonfiction Writing, 1992, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Masters of Social Work (major Community and Organizational Services; minor in business), 1980, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (major emphasis history of science and psychobiology), 1974, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Other Training and Credentials
- Advanced Writing (4 hours), American Medical Writers Association, 1998
- Writing for Low-Literacy Patients (12 hours), Audrey Riffenburgh, 1997
- Indexing (8 hours), Wasser, Inc., 1995
- Technical editing (24 hours), Society for Technical Communication, 1990
- Publishing (24 hours), Allen Press, 1988
- Fundamentals of Management (40 hours), Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1984