Why work with CollaborWrites?

I've always been drawn to the written word. For many years, I've studied and practiced what I consider to be the "craft" of editing. CollaborWrites has grown out of my perhaps slightly odd obsession with commas, semi-colons, and the like (I will argue passionately in defense of the serial/Oxford comma, although its usage seems to be losing ground). Where did it all start? Honestly, it started when the "grammar checker" function of PageMaker (remember PageMaker?) pushed me to truly understand the restrictive versus nonrestrictive clause (that versus which). My coworker, David (last name withheld to protect his reputation as an elected official), indicated that he simply alternated between "that" and "which" when prompted by the checker. That can't be right, I thought. My curiosity was piqued; I needed to know more. Since then I've quietly nurtured my obsession, continuing to seek new knowledge about my craft. 

My "orientation": Over the past 25 years I've written for local government, professional services, and attorneys; I've done a lot of writing and editing for marketing and public relations. I honed my academic writing skills as a master's and then doctoral student in counseling. Generally, I have a mental health/education/social science background with a qualitative research orientation. I have mastered APA style. On the way to my PhD, I successfully completed coursework in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis, and data collection.  

My "formal" education: B.A. Political Science and Urban Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); M.U.P. City Planning, University of Virginia; M.Ed. Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University; Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies in Counseling and Human Development, Colorado State University.

Specific training in writing/editing: In addition to my formal studies, I've independently completed courses in: practical writing, business writing, writing for public relations, writing feature articles, copy editing, grammar, creative journaling, and various courses towards a certificate in public relations. Since 2010 I have taught business communication and report writing as an adjunct instructor at a community college.
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