Teaching Young Voices
For finding new approaches on the spot and reveling in imagination, there’s nothing better than being a youth writing instructor. As a Think 360 Arts for Learning Teaching Artist and a Lighthouse Writers Workshop Youth Program Faculty member, I regularly teach creative nonfiction, screenwriting and fiction intensives to youths in grades 5 – 12 throughout the Denver area. Upcoming classes:
- Saturday, March 17 Fortunes, Tweets, Texts: Exploring the Hermit Crab Essay for Grades 6-8
- Mastering the Short Screenplay for Grades 9-12 (weeklong camp in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Denver Film Society)
- Harry Potter-Inspired Novel Writing for Grades 6-8 (weeklong summer camp)
- I’ll also be teaching at Lighthouse Writers Workshop Middle School and High School Camps
Telling It In My Own Words
When not writing for clients, I give voice to a range of characters (real and imagined) as a writer of memoir/essays, fiction and screenplays. Accolades of my writing include:
- Finalist in the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition
- Finalist in the 2015 SeriesFest Storytellers Initiative Comedy Pilot Competition
- Top 10% of the Drama category in the 2015 Austin Film Festival (AFF) Screenplay Competition
- Top 10% of the Drama category in the 2014 Austin Film Festival (AFF) Screenplay Competition
- Top 10% of the Comedy Category in the 2013 Austin Film Festival (AFF) Screenplay Competition
- Semi-Finalist for the 2014 Bluecat Screenplay Competition
- Featured Screenplay in the 2014 Portland Film Festival (one of four scripts)
- Quarter-Finalist in the ScreenCraft 2014 Comedy Script Contest
- Finalist in the 2012 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Nonfiction
Copywriting: I Write Your Marketing Language
My writing ability is tied to my ear. A co-worker once proofread a speech I’d written for a CEO and described my work as “creepy,” because the page sounded exactly like the man. It’s this ear-to-the-page talent that keeps my freelance copywriting inbox full. Clients hire me to capture a singular voice, whether it’s a person, product or brand. I’ve stepped into well-established brand voices like Nordstrom and Starbucks, developed the sound of new companies and collaborated with authors on projects ranging from industry publications to memoirs.
Clients also single me out for a human sound. I can take dense, often technical, information and distill it into text an actual person can understand—and even want to read. This skill landed me one of my all-time favorite projects: writing for the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. (A dream project for a theatre geek like me.) I got to sing the beauty of their event venues while also helping SFWMPAC detail specifications like lighting systems and fly space.
These two skills have elevated everything I’ve written, from digital copy (web, email and social) and marketing materials to white papers and industry publications to speeches and video scripts. And they’ve thrilled a range of current and past clients, including Intermec Technologies, Booyah Online Advertising, Nordstrom, REI, San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, Microsoft, Van Hyest Group (with end client Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), VOCO Creative, AZDS Interactive, Bespoke Relocation, White Plate Creative and others.