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Patricia WS D

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Profile Summary
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Completed Orders 51
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Repeat Clients 100%
Last Login 10/17/2016
Location Columbia, MD
Education Doctorate
Status Available
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Summary of Experience
With over 20 years writing experience, Patricia brings a varied background to her work. She has authored everything from legal documents and contracts to communication materials. Her fiction includes children's stories, poetry, romantic short stories and novella ghostwriting for young adults. Patricia also has about 10 years experience writing press releases, news articles, and blog posts for various websites.

During the last year (2015), Patricia has been writing blogs and web content for various companies. She loves that blogging gives her the opportunity for research into new areas, sharpen her analytical skills and, of course, keeps her writing in demand.

Patricia has an unfinished novel in the works - don't we all - and makes her living as a full-time freelance writer.
Patricia's youngest granddaughter was diagnosed a Type I diabetic at age 3 (she is now 5) so Patricia has developed an expertise in that area and looks forward to opportunities to blog on this facet of the health segment.
Patricia loves movies and books and books that are made into movies. She has an auto harp sitting in her bedroom that is calling her to learn to play. Her bucket list includes taking a painting class one day even though not naturally talented that way. Patricia plans to publish two ebooks this fall.

Patricia loves murder mysteries and romance novels. She reads about politics and current legislation and tracking where things are going in the political realm.

A dog owner/lover and animal lover in general, Patricia would love to write a pet blog from an animal perspective.

Patricia's lifelong interest in writing children's poems and stories comes to fruition this fall when she plans to publish a collection of children's poems. She has 6 grandchildren for whom she is primary caregiver as their parents work full-time. They give her lots of inspiration.
Washburn University School of Law Law, JD - 1981

Patricia graduated in 1981 from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS. She took time off to raise her family before starting her career.

Patricia spent 7 years working in the consulting field specializing in employee benefits where she learned how to translate technical materials into lay language for the wider audience of non-lawyers. She then spent 2.5 years as an associate in a boutique ERISA law firm in Washington DC and another 3 years as a staff attorney in the ERISA department of another DC firm.

Association Memberships
DC Bar Association Patricia has been an active member of the DC Bar Association since 1993.

The Writers' Center Patricia's membership in this group began a number of years ago.

Projects by Industry
Non Profit

Having worked in the non-profit sector for about 10 years now means that Patricia has had the opportunity to author news articles and blog posts for three non-profit websites as well as communication materials for members, press releases announcing events, annual reports and membership campaign fundraising letters.

The following writing sample is an example of a blog article for kids who visit one such website.


Patricia's 20+ years working in law firms, consulting firms and non-profit organizations has given her experience in business management practices that work (and those that don't) and how to write so that the information (or story) connects with many different audiences.

Below is an original writing sample extolling the virtues of Columbia, Maryland as a vacation spot.


Patricia has written children's stories (as works for hire) and children's poetry. In fact, in the works for publication later this year is a compilation of her whimsical animal poetry for kids. Below is a sample of one of those children's poems.


Patricia spent about 20 years writing in her capacity as a lawyer, consultant, and communications director for law firms, a national consulting firm, and a national non-profit advocacy group. Much of that time was spent representing or otherwise providing services to health plans and a membership organization that included group health plans.

Patricia's interest in the topic resulted from her daughter's recent diagnosis of MS and her youngest granddaughter's diagnosis of Type I diabetes at age 3. In addition, she has first-hand knowledge of the breakdown of the human mind and change in personality that comes with Alzheimer's because she lost her mother in 2012 to the dreaded disease. She understands the consequences of all these diseases in terms of the human and financial toll they exact on friends and family.

Real Estate

Patricia has sold 21 posts, earning "exceeds expectations" from her client. Patricia enjoys analyzing market trends and demographic statistics and then describing their importance with respect to the property under review. She also enjoys building a story about a neighborhood and researching the history and activities that have grown up in an area.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

Patricia has written several articles as a content writer. These projects require the use of one or more keywords in the 300+ word article. The client also specifies how many times the keyword should be contained within the article.

In addition, as the content manager of the three websites that Patricia manages, the use of keywords is extremely important to google ranking.

Projects by Asset Type
Newsletter Content

Member newsletters over the last 3 years have changed and grown as membership and programs have evolved for the non-profit organization. The newsletters range from an event calendar alerting members to particular upcoming events to membership drive materials as well as photos and a listing of volunteer opportunities. The writing sample below is an excerpt from one of those newsletters.

Press Release

Working in the non-profit world, writers to get to wear many hats. Writers are called upon to fill the organization's writing needs and that often means press releases for particular events or topics.

The writing sample below is an excerpt from one of those news releases.

Annual Report

Patricia produced the Annual Report for the Board of Trustees of her non-profit employer. The Trustees published this report on the non-profit organization's website.

Blog Post

Patricia has been writing blog posts and web content for various businesses for the last year. She has sold over 175 such posts in fields as varied as industrial, health, pets, real estate, IT, cyber security, and many others. She loves the opportunity content writing gives her to research new disciplines, sharpen her analytical skills, and - of course - opportunities to write!

Projects By Expertise

After spending almost 10 years in associate attorney/staff attorney positions, Patricia amassed expertise in employee benefit issues ranging from qualified pension plan issues to health fund issues. Unfortunately, writing samples from that prior lifetime are not available for distribution. Excerpted below is a blog discussing the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court arguments.


Patricia became an expert in employee benefit issues as an associate attorney/staff attorney for qualified pension plans and health funds. Having left the legal field more than ten years ago, writing samples from that time are not available for distribution; however, excerpted below is a blog discussion of the Congressional Budget Office report on the societal impacts of raising Medicare Age from 65 to 67 from Patricia's blog.

Projects by Writing Style

Patricia's work on the non-profit organization's website means monthly articles for kids on nature-related topics written with a good dose of humor.

Projects by Company Size
Small Business

Serving as Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Director of a small non-profit organization over the last three years provided Patricia the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of writing styles and project types. Drafting a letter to members in a yearly membership campaign requires a different voice and focus when compared to writing an annual report for consumption by the general public and both of those require skills different from drafting minutes for the Board of Trustees.


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