My life as an editor and wordgirl started in Washington, DC when I got an internship after college at the National Geographic Society. I went there hoping to make beautiful maps but ended up in their news service writing stories, instead. (I blame my professors who extolled my writing over my meager mapmaking talents.) It was a heady experience, complete with a two hour commute each way from my home in Baltimore. I learned a lot back in the days of hot type and paste up, and after NGS I went to work as an editor for magazines and newsletters at several associations and foundations in the DC area before the commute took its toll and I moved on to work as a freelancer for some of the same organizations.
After we moved to Seattle, I continued to work as a freelance editor and writer until one day my husband was asked to give a TED talk. (Did he know what a TED talk was at the time? No, he did not.) So I sat down at the kitchen table with a pencil and a legal pad, to sketch out a talk for him.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I’ve helped dozens of speakers bring their stories to the TEDx stage since 2014.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with doctors, lawyers and activists as well as poets, authors, a filmmaker, a theater director, and scientists working on malaria, AIDS, rockets, or the latest toilet technology.
I’ve also worked with people faced with a daunting commencement address, and others who want to pitch an entrepreneurial idea. (See reviews for more.)
I love this work and I’m good at it. It’s all about the story, and I really enjoy going down the rabbit hole with clients and bringing forth the story that feels authentic and makes the audience think. And connect the dots. A story everyone, no matter their background, will remember.
When I’m not working with clients or editing with my handy red pen, I can be found walking Milo the wonder dog, flailing around in my dance class to hip hop, meeting someone for coffee (#Seattlelife), or going out to one of this city’s many civic venues to hear another (hopefully) fascinating talk.
I’d love for yours to be one of them.
Want to work with me?
I’d love to talk to you about your project, no matter how large or small. And the first consultation is absolutely free.