When people hear I’m a writer, the first thing they ask is, “What do you write?”
Glad you asked!
As a writer, I wear several hats.
As an essayist and feature writer, my byline appears in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Newsday, Narratively, Next Avenue, Purple Clover, Salon (an Open Salon Editors' Pick), Salute, CBS HealthWatch, and in university alumni magazines and other publications. My essays in both Narratively and Next Avenue ranked as "most popular."
As an award-winning custom content provider, speechwriter and ghostwriter, I help organizations—mainly corporations, universities and non-profits—communicate to their target audience clearly, creatively and concisely (and sometimes alliteratively). I’m committed to crafting first-rate, engaging work that you can’t put down, writing so clean and tight you can bounce a quarter off it.
I belong to ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), the nation's only professional organization for independent nonfiction writers. To qualify, members must meet ASJA's high standards of professional achievement. I’m also a member of the New York Speechwriters Roundtable and was active for years in IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators). Click here for a list of other affiliations.
I spent the better part of my early career in public relations in the New York City offices of several top PR firms—including a long stretch at Ogilvy—where I got to travel and do lots of cool things, like get my clients on TV. I also learned that I didn’t particularly enjoy getting my clients on TV, and that all I wanted was to write about them. When I went out on my own, several agency colleagues became my clients.
In fact, my clients say some very nice things about me, like…a consummate professional…a quick study…a phenomenal writer…a delight to work with…gets it right the first time…delivers compelling copy that’s right on the mark…top quality writing that requires little revision…extremely thorough and careful…meets deadlines and anticipates what I need…fun to work with…and (one of my faves) working with Robin was a dream: lively, well-written copy, on time and perfectly suited to our reading audience. It doesn't get much better than that…
Of course, I do other things besides write. I’m a die-hard New Yorker who’s lived in three of five boroughs—born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens (Far Rockaway!) and now happily back in Manhattan after a two-decade stint in the suburbs. I’m a proud alumna of Binghamton University (although back then we called it SUNY-B). I'm a card-carrying night owl; the way I see it, any emails I send after 10 PM count toward the next day, giving me a healthy start on the early birds. I’m the former drummer for several rock bands (see: night owl) who gladly jams if given the chance, but these days I’m more likely to write about drumming than play. I’m also a lifelong student in the art of drawing nudes, which I’ve written about, too. And I’m the lucky mom of two kindhearted, intelligent and delightful young adults.
Thanks for stopping by. Please click around and get to know me. If you like what you see, shoot me a line so I can get to know you, too.