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Major Awards

2002

Washington State 2002 Book Award (for Swimming Toward the Ocean)

1991

National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship

1991

Washington State Governor's Arts Award

1987

Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Other Honors

1994

Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

1992

Artist, Metro's Artist's Regional Transit Project (ARTp)

1990

Washington State Artist-in-Residence

1989

Fellow, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

1988

Essay Prize, Croton Review

1987

Fellow, MacDowell Colony

Readings and Talks

1998

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

1995

Jewish Women's Resource Center, New York City

1995

Capitol Hill Book Fair, Seattle

1994

Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, Washington

1992

Writers-on-the-Sound Conference, Edmonds, Washington

1992

Writers for the Homeless, Seattle

1991

New York Public Library

1991

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

1991

Sitka Public Library

1991

National Writers' Club, Seattle Chapter

1990

University of Notre Dame

1990

Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

1990

Manhattan Theatre Club

1989

Monroe State Reformatory, Monroe, Washington

1989

Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle

1989

Centrum Writers' Conference, Port Townsend, Washington

1989

Bennington Writers' Conference

1989

The New School, New York City

1989

State University of New York, Binghamton, New York

1989

North End Jewish Community Center, Seattle

1989

Elliott Bay Books, Seattle

1988

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference

1987

Auburn Public Library, Auburn, Washington

1987

MacDowell Colony

1986

Elderhostel, Port Townsend, Washington

Teaching Experience

2000 to 2001

Instructor

University of Washington Creative Writing Program,

Literary Fiction

1990 to 2000

Instructor

University of Washington Writers' Program,

Literary Fiction

June 1995

Instructor

Olympic College Writing Workshops

Bremerton, Washington

Nov 1991

Artist-in-Residence

Davis High School

Yakima, Washington

Oct 1991

Fiction Workshop Leader

Auburn Writers' Conference

Auburn, Washington

Jan 1991

Instructor

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

May 1990

Instructor

Western Michigan Writers' Conference

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Jan – June 1990

Writer-in-Residence

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen, Michigan

Education

Hunter Graduate School, New York

English Literature

City College of New York

B.A., Languages & Literature

Syracuse University

English Literature

School Awards

New York State Regents' Scholarship

Full-tuition scholarship — Syracuse University

Research paper awards, junior & senior college years

National Merit Finalist

Other Professional Experience

1999

Panelist, Artist's Trust

Artists Grants

1996

Panelist, Seattle Arts Commission

Artists Fellowships

1994

Panelist, Centrum

Artists' Residencies

1993

Judge, Oregon Book Awards

1982 to present

Free-lance Writer and Editor

Freelance Writer and editor

  • Coaching, editing writers; working with writers on fiction and non-fiction books and book proposals.
  • Critiquing fiction manuscripts.
  • Editing books, manuals, articles.
  • Writing brochures, speeches, press releases, promotional literature.
  • Creating advertisements for print and electronic media.
  • See also my Editorial Services page.

Since 1982 I have been a free-lance writer and editor, editing articles, books, speeches, brochures, and press releases. I have written publicity and marketing materials. I have also worked with people, helping them to write books. My clients have included government agencies, health professionals, ballot issues, elected officials, candidates for office, and aspiring writers. To give you an idea of the range of my work, here are a few of the more than hundreds of clients I have served:

  • Seattle City Light (edited the 1990 Energy Report, 7 volumes)
  • Washington State Department of Ecology (wrote a slide show)
  • Aldus Corporation (edited a technical manual)
  • The NBBJ Group (edited architectural proposals)
  • State Insurance Commissioner (writing and editing health insurance brochures);
  • Dr. Anne S. Hastings (editing books and articles)
  • Legislative, judicial, Congressional, and mayoral candidates seeking election or re-election wrote and edited campaign materials)
  • Linda Farris Gallery (wrote a brochure)
  • City Profiles (editing a directory of Seattle attractions)

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