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I teach adults to write better nonfiction. And that’s the truth.

Have been teaching adults to write since 1988. No, not penmanship. Writing. Putting good words after other good words, stringing them into sentences and paragraphs. Like that. As a friend says, wrestling words to the ground.

Yes, I write, too. Today writers often call themselves content creators and copy architects. You could call me that, too, though I prefer the more straightforward writer.

I have been writing nonfiction since contributing to my junior-high- and high-school newspapers. When I entered the University of Pennsylvania, the men’s daily thrived and the women’s weekly trickled along. Early in my sophomore year, Penn allowed women to join the Daily Pennsylvanian (DP). I was one of the first 9 women to join and the only one to stay through graduation.

Although the university thought it granted me a degree in English lit, I spent infinitely more time and energy on the DP, covering elections (Ed Rendell elected president of the men’s student government [MSG]), profiling the chauffeur of the college president and interviewing visiting dignitaries (novelist Philip Roth and poet Archibald MacLeish).

A writing career was born. A full-time, self-employed freelance writer and editor since 1983, I have written websites, e-newsletters, annual reports, training manuals, corporate histories and more. Samples all around this website.

The majority of my writing has been for people (and their employers) who can’t easily write what they think, or are in too big a hurry to write it right, or who have created state-of-the art technological or medical material that non-techies need to understand.

My byline has appeared 150 times in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in more than 100 other periodicals. I have won 4 national writing awards. From my home office, with corner windows and an up-close view of City Hall and 2 Philadelphia murals, I write.

But writing is lonely. I am an extrovert in an introvert’s profession. So I teach writing. I love to teach writing. Besides, you cannot teach what you do not practice. I am forever practicing writing.

I love to write. I am your friend who WRITES and teaches writing in Pennsylvania.

 

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