Freelance Writing

As a freelance writer, I pride myself on being able to tell compelling stories that connect to the intended audience using the clarity, precise detail, and measured tone you would expect from an experienced writer.

My services range from feature articles to blog and web copy, with a specialization in collateral materials such as brochures, special publications, and newsletters.

How can I apply my experience, skill, and knowledge to help you with your communications project? Reach out using the contact form below or contact me at

Newer Clips:

-A series of “field report” blog posts for Remake Learning, focused on the Personalized Learning Squared project that’s using artificial intelligence to help dedicated mentors overcome entrenched inequities in working with their students. Here, here, and here (and that’s just a few of them).

-Feature story for Pitt Nurse, the magazine of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing.

-A series of feature articles for momacs, an incredible institute within Pitt’s School of Computing and Information. (“momacs” stands for “modeling and managing complicated systems.”) Check them out here, here, and here.

If Kids Built a City: Possibilities for Play in Pittsburgh, PA, a fantastic Grable Foundation–funded publication looking at the many opportunities for play in Pittsburgh. I had the pleasure of working on this project with Root + All communications consulting firm.

Pittsburgh Visions, a lovely hardbound book showcasing Pittsburgh, for which I had the pleasure of writing over a dozen profiles of local organizations and businesses.

“Driven,” a feature story for Robert Morris University’s alumni magazine.

-Several profiles and feature stories for Saint Vincent College’s alumni magazine. (See here, here, and here.)

Past Clips:

Cover story for recent issue of Inside CGS, written for the University of Pittsburgh’s Marketing Communications department.

Case studies for the Remake Learning Playbook, an ambitious Sprout Fund–orchestrated project aimed at sharing the successful strategies and approaches from Pittsburgh’s educational community with administrators and educators nationwide.

-Blog posts for the Winchester Thurston school’s City as Our Campus blog: students’ oral-history project in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District neighborhood; and a roundtable event on immigration, held at the school.

-Multi-page web copy, brochure, sales letter, and prospectus.

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Project report on a public-health initiative carried out by a large health provider.

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Feature story for the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Connections newsletter on (then-new) football head coach Todd Graham.

-Four profiles for the Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network, an initiative of local nonprofit The Sprout Fund. See profiles hereherehere, and here.

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“Frequently Asked Questions” page for American Economic Review website.

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-Feature story, “Google glass and greenhouses,” for Kidsburgh.

-Press releases for the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Affairs, concerning a variety of subject areas and issues, including education, public policy and local governance, international diplomacybusiness, and law, among others.

Many, many articles for the Pitt Chronicle, the University of Pittsburgh’s campus wide newspaper. These include feature stories, profiles, and press releases edited to inform the campus community about various university initiatives, achievements, and upcoming events.

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-A number of articles for Pitt Magazine, the University of Pittsburgh’s alumni magazine.

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Below is a selection of some favorites:

“Two Lives, Many Gifts.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Chaje!” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Common-Sense Philosophy.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“The Pitch.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Sword Play.” Pitt Magazine, Summer 2009. PDF.

“Songs of Zzzz” and “Creative Steps.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Puzzled.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Ghost Walk.” Pitt Magazine. PDF.

“Red, White, and New.” Pitt Magazine, Fall 2009. Online here.



Book Projects:

U.S. Navy Pirate Combat Skills. 2011. Lyons Press. Edited sections of various public-domain military manuals to create a humorous guide for sailors fighting against old-timey pirates (e.g., Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, etc.). Also wrote figure descriptions to be followed by the illustrator and wrote several chapters of prefatory and connecting text, including a pirate-fighter creed and shipboard song used to boost morale before doing battle with salty sea dogs on the high seas.

Book Reviews:

-Review of Abbott Awaits by Chris Bachelder for Hot Metal Bridge. Online here.

-Review of A Better Angel by Chris Adrian for Hot Metal Bridge. Online here.

-Review of The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht for Hot Metal Bridge. Online here.

-Review of Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner for Hot Metal Bridge. Online here.