2007 – present Freelance writing, editing, and writing coaching
Provide writing, editing, and coaching services for a variety of clients, from major corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to master’s or doctoral level students and book authors.
2012 – present Blogging
I have been blogging about myths and archetypes in films and television since 2012 (see Blog page); I also contribute posts to other blogs, including Archetypal Narrative Intelligence, The Well Written Woman, The Global Question, Pop Mythology, and FineWiner.
2009 – present Teaching & Speaking
For three years, taught adult learning classes through Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; frequent guest speaker at area churches (e.g., Bellingham Unitarian, Spiritual Enrichment Center of West Puget Sound) and groups (e.g., AAUW, Jung Society). Co-taught philosophy class for the local Clemente School. See Public Appearances page for upcoming events.
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
Researched and developed health education content, including descriptions of disease conditions and home care instructions. Edited company newsletter. Wrote/edited other company materials including white papers. Developed interactive scripts for telephone and Web. Co-wrote company style guide.
8/96 – 1/99 Senior Medical Writer/Editor and Managing Editor, Healthwise, Boise, ID
Researched and wrote about health conditions for online database. Mentored junior writers and coordinated continuing education for staff writers and editors. Managing Editor for line of medical self-care books for 19 months; developed first Canadian, South African, and British editions of the Healthwise Handbook. Wrote health column for Idaho Statesman. Contributor (free-lance) to the Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders.
3/93 – 7/96 Free-lance writing and editing
Wrote or edited technical documents and manuscripts. 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.
3/90 – 3/93 Senior Technical Editor, PTI Environmental Services, Bellevue, WA
Edited 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 Virginia Mason Clinic Bulletin. Revised magazine style guide. Edited or “ghosted” articles for clinic physicians for other journals; 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 a Category 1 CME provider.
6/80 – 12/80 Staff Writer, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, WA
Researched and wrote medical sections of A Healthy Old Age: A Sourcebook for Health Promotion with Older Adults.
Other relevant experience:
- Taught 13-week class on writing skills to PhD- and MS-level scientists at PTI Environmental Services
- 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
Doctor of Philosophy, Mythological Studies with Depth Psychology emphasis, 2012; 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 (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
Trained in medical writing for low-literacy readers.
Computer software: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Dia, proprietary database programs. Adept in HTML.
Conversant with diverse style requirements (AMA, APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)