Client Work, Mentoring Work, Personal Work

The Marketing Side
I’m an award-winning copywriter (advertising, sales promotional, editorial) who worked in the corporate world long enough to learn lots of great skills that make me the kind of writer you’d want to hire – like seeing the big picture, understanding your target market, writing copy that works, and meeting your deadlines.

As the name Just Write Words implies, my specialty is writing. But I’m also experienced in recommending marketing strategies, developing ad campaigns, creating and implementing direct mail programs, coordinating design and print production, and managing events.

Let me know what you need and when you need it. I’ll give you a quote and delivery date, then get the job done.

Have a question? Want to hire me? Contact me now.

The Teacher/Editor Side
I teach writing workshops. Here’s a list of classes and workshops, and here’s what’s currently being offered. Contact me if you’d like me to present one of these workshops (or customize one to your needs) for your employees or a group of your friends.

I also provide critique and editing services for professional writers. If you’re interested in becoming a client, contact me for pricing options and how to apply.

My Personal Writing Side
I write poetry and prose for adults and children. I’m currently focusing on writing picture book manuscripts and a novel for adults. Publishing credits have included articles (by-lined and ghost written) in local, regional, and national publications, and a monthly column about children’s book authors and illustrators for a local family magazine. One of my stories has been purchased by Highlights for Children magazine and, hopefully, will be published sometime soon.

From October through December, 2013, I was a first round judge for the annual Children’s and Young Adults’ Bloggers Awards — the Cybils — for the Fiction Picture Books category. It was a fabulous experience. I read more than 200 books for this competition, which helped me meet my goal to read 500+ picture books during 2013. I judged the same category in 2014, and as of June 2015, I’ve read more than 1,000 picture books.

I became a member of Julie Hedlund12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge in 2012, a Facebook group of writers and illustrators committed to completing at least one picture book draft each month. In 2013, I became a co-administrator (one of Julie’s elves) for the group and continue to help 12×12 members in that capacity to this day.

To further support my efforts to write for children, I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Our local critique group meets monthly at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I’m one of the facilitators for this group.

On Thursday evenings I’m either at my Revise and Conquer critique group or leading the Writers’ Sandbox, which is a monthly networking event I founded for local writers to gather and discuss whatever writing-related topics come up for conversation.

And on Thursday mornings, I spend time writing with an eclectic group of wise, generous, and talented women called the River Valley Writers. The group has been together for about twenty years. We often reflect on the writing of the day, thinking we should create a book, and decided one morning to pursue that idea. Writers in the Kitchen: A Collection of Stories, Poems, and Essays and the Recipes that Inspired Them was published in 2008.

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I designed that book, and also create hand-bound books for clients, friends, and myself.
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