My Writing, Editing and Design Talents

Writing transcends the technology of its tools, from the pencil at the bottom of this page (it's a Back button) to the laptop I'm using to compose this text for you. Anyone can write and publish anything, but a writer without training may fail to convey ideas well.

I offer services in these skill sets, based on a Master of Arts in journalism, and long experience:

Writing Based On Research

Translative technical writing begins from first-source materials like technical specifications, legal and policy documents, and quotes whether written or spoken. The writer gleans and organizes the material to present it before an audience.

The audience might be executives, or the public, or schoolchildren. The writing may intend to inform, persuade, or amuse. The media used could be anything from computers to paper cards.

Editing for Content, Clarity and Style

Editing shapes a text for its medium and audience. Content editing ensures correctness and tailors length. Editing for clarity organizes the writer's points and combs them together. Editing for style complies to rules set forth in specific style guides including Associated Press (AP) Style and others, so it can include content editing

Publication Design

I design pages to catch a quick and half-interested eye, since a viewer first sees a page wondering what it's about. The layout and features should guide the reader's eye toward the writer's intent.

For technical documents, I use a combination of simple elements to quickly inform the skimming readers while more completely informing the close readers. This page provides an example because it's intended for a business audience looking for information. It looks simple and dry and technical. I wrote this entire site in Notepad because authoring tools limit my options.

Training Materials Development

Training materials combine everything described above. Writers study sources and present explanations; editors check and groom their content, and designers lay it out to engage and inform an audience. Writers collaborate, creating graphics. The success of the students will reflect the success of the materials.

I've served in all of those roles, delivering manuals and e-learning modules, to actual stand-up training in classroom settings. Writing multiple-choice quizzes is my favorite part because I can tease with answers that are nearly correct, but something wrong is included.