As you can see, I began reading at a young age — started with Cat in the Hat and never stopped. Perhaps it was the early influence of Dr. Seuss that piqued my interest in clear and effective communication. He once observed, “The writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
My adult interest in effective communication and plain language dates back to the beginning of my career as an attorney in a transactional law practice. The more documents I reviewed and drafted, the heavier my eyes became, and the more determined I was to make legal documents more understandable to the lay person.
I left private law practice and started teaching writing to undergraduates, paralegals, and law students where I could make a broader impact on how legal professionals communicate. In 2005, I joined the online services team at the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), initially as an attorney editor, and later, as Director of practicelaw.org, the MSBA’s practice resources website. While at the MSBA, I continued drafting and editing legal forms, wrote web content, and started blogging. Along the way, I dabbled in marketing copy and continued my education with classes in copyediting, writing for the web, plain language, business, and technical writing.
I launched this freelance writing and editing business in 2012 because I wanted to branch out and work with a wider variety of topics, document types, and audiences. During the last several years, I have developed an expertise in healthcare, working on a long-term contract (6 years) for Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology, writing and editing corporate marketing materials; environmental, social, and governance content; corporate policies and compliance information; and product-related content.
Since leaving Medtronic, I have kept busy writing and/or editing:
- Patient-facing, health-related content for Thrivors, a style guide for Humentum, and medical journal articles for Inspire Sleep
- Environmental, social, and governance reports for several Fortune 500 clients through Context Sustainability
- Legal-related content, including several recent projects for Robins Kaplan LLP and a web project for Fish & Richardson
- Proposal documents for Crescendo Fundraising Professionals LLC
I am a versatile writer with excellent attention to detail. Throughout my career, I have specialized in techniques to make complex topics clear, succinct, and engaging without sacrificing precision, always committed to keeping the readers’ needs first.
In my spare time, I travel, read, write, and pretend that I am walking the dog, when he, in fact, is walking me.