I'm a writer and editor based in San Francisco.
I work as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader for book publishers, businesses, and independent authors, and I write all sorts of content—from website copy to video scripts—for a range of clients.
I'm equally comfortable simplifying technical material and brainstorming effective marketing copy, and small details thrill me as much as big questions—each puts the other in perspective. My focus, no matter the project, is on providing readers and users with a genuinely rewarding experience.
I have a certificate from UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Sequence in Editing and an MFA in Poetry and Literary Translation from San Francisco State University, where I was the managing editor of Fourteen Hills literary magazine. I'm currently self-educating on UX writing and content strategy principles, learning how to make the digital spaces we inhabit truly useful, supportive, and inclusive. Oh, and I have a Certificate of Achievement in French because I can't seem to stop taking French classes.
I've supported my words habit over the years with rewarding work in the food world. I continue to volunteer my time with organizations like the Good Food Foundation and 18 Reasons that promote sustainable, equitable food systems.
Good writing happens when a writer is fully invested in their topic. Lucky me, I have indiscriminate curiosity—give me a subject to learn about and I’ll dig in deep.
I’ve written copy about blues bands, cybersecurity, healthcare, corporate systems, sustainable farming, personal growth, customer care, homes for sale, bourbon tasting, neighborhood book stores… And I’ve done it in all kinds of forms: how-tos, video scripts, short radio spots, staff training manuals, real estate listings, technical support FAQs, white papers, About Me sections...
What’s your project?
It’s true. Everything really is in the details. Copyediting is all about working with the particulars, breaking language down to the level of the word, the apostrophe, the all-important (or completely optional) comma. To capitalize or not? To hyphen, en dash, or em dash? When is the passive voice appropriate, even (gasp) preferred? Giving these details their due can transform a piece.
Editing our own writing well is tough. Usage quirks, verbal tics, redundant phrasing—we all have our vices. A fresh set of eyes and ears is often needed to really lift writing off the page.
Want me to take a look?