Content Writing and Editing
I often tell people I became a content writer and editor by accident.
I was preparing to become an adult education teacher. I’d spent over 15 years volunteering with adult literacy programs, working with students learning English as an additional language (sometimes referred to as ESL or ESOL). My roles included tutoring, facilitating conversation groups, assessing language skills, and substitute teaching for a nonprofit serving new immigrants.
In early 2006, however, plans started to change. I moved back to my childhood home to take care of my Mom, who had dementia. Like many caregivers, I had to build a new way of working—something flexible that I could do at home.
I’d always been a writer, and by this time, I had a couple of Boston Sunday Globe essays under my belt. A former colleague asked if I’d be interested in trying health writing, as his content manager needed a hand.
Since then, I’ve helped clients like EBSCO's Health Library and Physician's Weekly develop patient education content in specialties like neurology, urology, nephrology, and oncology. I'm especially interested in health literacy and plain language.
My work is not limited to health topics, however. Since 2019, I have edited the monthly newsletter of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society (WMGS). I'm also a member of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).
Education and Professional Development
University of Massachusetts at Boston
MA in Applied Linguistics
Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
BA in English – specialization in book publishing
Minor in Communications
Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
University of California at Berkeley Extension – Editing Certificate
American Medical Writers Association – Essential Skills Certificate
Extensive training in the Chicago Manual of Style, AP Style, and