Stories define who we are personally while at the same time describe the unifying factors of our communities. We tell stories to entertain, teach, and persuade. For as long as I can remember, I have been enthralled with the power of story. Whether I am building a narrative around budget data, developing website layout, or writing an article about a local rock group, the craft of storytelling permeates everything I do.
Creative Colloquy's Mission Statement and About Us Page
As Assistant Director of the literary non-profit Creative Colloquy, I have had many opportunities to write copy for press releases, advertisers, and our own website. Additionally, it is my responsibility within the non-profit to design and maintain the website. Creative Colloquy and it's website is a continual project. Below will take you to the "About Us" page where Creative Colloquy also has it's Mission Statement as well as asks for donations.
This piece of creative non-fiction shows the diversity of my writing. I believe each of the writing disciplines help each other in practice. For example, being able to emote (a trait usually associated with creative writing) can lend itself to copywriting. "Laugh Tracks" won the 2017 Central Washington University College of Arts and Humanities Achievement Award.
"Tug Scout Rescues Shrimp Boat Crew"
As part of my work with Olympic Tug and Barge, I have been responsible for various types of internal and external communication. During the Summer of 2015 one of the company's tug boats rescued the crew of a capsized shrimp boat. I wrote the official statement regarding the incident. The statement was later published in the company magazine Soundings.
"The Silverback of South Tacoma"
As a freelance journalist for the Tacoma, WA arts paper, The Weekly Volcano, I was able to dig into my community and highlight some of the more interesting aspects. My article about Ivan the Gorilla won the Washington Press Association Award for Personality Profile in 2011.