My work reflects more than two decades of experience in publishing, be it as a copyeditor, writer, publications specialist, and/or photographer. After graduating from the University of Washington with degrees in drama and communications, I went to work at a local newspaper, where I honed my skills.
In 2005 I returned to school to study education and, since receiving my Master’s degree from Antioch University Seattle, have taught a variety of subjects including journalism and academic writing. More recently, I earned my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Seattle Pacific University. I have especially enjoyed working closely with beginning writers ranging in age from teen to adult as well as teaching non-native speakers, both in the United States and abroad.
When I am not editing or teaching, you can find me lost in the pages of a good book. What I read varies—just about anything well written appeals to me. I am an avid photographer as well as a fan of film and theater. I am a member of Book Publishers Northwest, Northwest Editors Guild, and a number of local WordPress meetups, which helps keep my digital design skills current.
How small details interact and accumulate, creating meaning and beauty, is a process I find fascinating. I became interested in this process while studying architecture and urban planning and now apply it to my writing and editing work, helping other writers navigate the rules we use to communicate.
Prior to completing the Certificate in Editing program at the University of Washington, I worked for over fifteen years in government and as a consultant, writing and editing a wide range of documents: reports and policy papers, ordinances, presentation materials, press releases and public notices, and training manuals. I also put my years of studying design to use developing print and digital publications and presentation materials. I am also a certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert in Word 2013.
In my spare time I keep myself busy by shooting, developing, and printing my own black-and-white photographs and writing Word macros (see our blog for some of these). I am a member of ACES and for the past two years have served on the board of directors of the Northwest Editor’s Guild.