Writer #15089
El Paso, TX
4 Star Rating
1 Love Lists
1 Clients
2,000 Words
Natalie H. brings fifteen years of experience writing for educational and non-profit organizations. Assignments include magazine and journal articles; marketing materials such as newsletters, brochures, web site copy and other promotional projects; and technical writing projects such as training manuals. With her roots in journalism, Natalie has interviewed numerous subjects for lengthy feature articles, biographical sketches, and succinct news flashes. She has written and published dozens of articles in educational publications, and she has been the lead writer for four organizations’ regular newsletters. Natalie wrote and edited training manuals for two organizations, enabling each organization to establish operational consistency amidst employee turnover and across geographically separated staff. Organizations use her work for communication, advertising, training, and fundraising purposes.

Natalie's professional work has focused mainly on family literacy. A former teacher and writing tutor, Natalie's work as a Program Director and consultant for a Hawaii non-profit literacy organization earned her a Commendation from Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor. While in Hawaii, Natalie worked closely with high-need public schools to bring them effective reading programs, and under her leadership, programs doubled and expanded to four islands. She is knowledgeable in non-profit program development, volunteer recruitment and training, skills and strategies for improving reading habits in the home and school, and bridging relationships between home and school. Natalie H. also established herself as a successful grant writer. She was the lead writer and co-writer of numerous grants, helping to raise the organization $1.1 million in funds. Natalie also wrote and edited numerous fundraising letters. She attracted potential donors by incorporating the organization’s tangible impact results and hard evidence into relatable stories that appeal to potential donors.

A military wife, Natalie is flexible and skilled in adapting to unpredictable circumstances. She is focused and driven, and her superiors commonly remark on her dedication, diligence, and determination. If you hire her, you will be pleased to receive an experienced writer who can meet your organization's needs with a quality product.

Highlights

Orders
4
Last Login
12/8/16
Samples
7

Natalie H's Blog Post Product Experience

12 Projects Completed

As a military wife, Natalie H. established the blog “Going Placidly,” which offers a positive perspective on life in the military. Having been “married to the military” for ten years, Natalie knows first-hand the many challenges and surprises that such a life brings. Frequent moves, deployments, and unpredictability can cause unusual stress in families, in marriages, and in oneself. When Natalie began “Going Placidly,” she sought to provide other spouses a respite and source of comfort. In her posts, she reflects with optimism on the challenges, lessons, and experiences that are unique to military life. Her posts, which are all based on personal experiences, range in topics, including how to overcome hurdles during a move, how to adjust to new surroundings, why the military life is a blessing, and how certain challenges have made her stronger. While many blogs, articles, and books portray military life as a constant struggle, Natalie gives a decidedly different glimpse, hoping to be a place of encouragement, affirmation, and support for other military spouses.

Industry Projects

  • Non Profit50+
  • Education20+
  • Kids/Family10+

Summary of Industry Experience

Non Profit

For seven years, Natalie H. was a Program Director and consultant for Read Aloud America, a Hawaii-based nonprofit literacy organization. There, she established herself as a successful writer, among many other tasks. Writing projects included grants, newsletters, and technical manuals. She was the lead writer and co-writer of numerous grants, helping to raise the organization $1.1 million in funds. Natalie also wrote and edited fundraising letters, in which she attracted potential donors by incorporating tangible impact results and hard evidence into relatable stories that appeal to potential donors. To attract potential donors and inspire community members, Natalie revitalized RAA’s newsletters, redesigning their image and streamlining their production. Articles included human interest stories from RAA’s work, facts and figures of RAA’s events, and descriptions of resources useful to readers. Finally, Natalie also enabled RAA’s geographically separated offices to operate seamlessly, as she implemented, wrote, and edited several operations manuals.

Education

Natalie has extensive experience writing newsletters for educational organizations. Natalie designs her newsletters to include three essential components: feature stories to highlight important programs and/or human interest stories; succinct reports on organizational achievements and/or advancement; useful resources and tips relevant to the organization and its audience.

Kids/Family

Natalie is the author of "Going Placidly", a blog reflecting on military life. In her blog, Natalie discusses the challenges, struggles, triumphs, and adventures that a military family experiences, pinpointing important lessons and empowering readers to choose positivity as a way to move through their unique lifestyle.

Product Projects

  • Grant/Proposal20+
  • Article20+
  • Newsletter Content10+
  • Blog Post10+

Summary of Product Experience

Grant/Proposal

While working at Read Aloud America, a Hawaii-based non-profit literacy organization, Natalie H. wrote and co-wrote dozens of grants, which earned the organization $1.1 million in funds. To prepare a worthy grant proposal, Natalie researches a potential donor's funding habits, is comfortable speaking with potential donors about an organization's chances for funding, and is skillful in writing proposals that combine hard statistics and relatable connections. Natalie specializes in grants for literacy and education-related organizations.

Article

Natalie H. has written articles for numerous publications, and she is familiar with AP Style. The majority of her pieces appeared in University of Dayton publications, and they focused on three primary topics: educational programs at the university; profiles of prominent individuals; and feature articles of relevant events and initiatives. It was here that her roots grew in journalism, and she applied these skills to later professional projects in education and non-profit work. Natalie is effective in informing and engaging her readers with well written, entertaining articles. She has a knack for drawing out details from her subjects, dissecting their importance for the subject at hand, and - perhaps most importantly - relating them to the reader. Natalie's articles show the reader why he or she should care.

Newsletter Content

Natalie H. has written newsletter content for four organizations over fifteen years. She understands that newsletters are meant to serve three important purposes: 1) Entertain, 2) Inform, and 3) Inspire. Natalie is skilled at sleuthing out and highlighting small stories that celebrate organizations' major efforts. Such stories grab readers' attention and offer them an emotional connection, which motivates them to continue supporting the organization. While Natalie is skilled in delivering such human interest stories, she is also a whiz with words, and can easily convey short, pithy blurbs or bullets that cater to the skimmer.

Blog Post

As a military wife, Natalie H. established the blog “Going Placidly,” which offers a positive perspective on life in the military. Having been “married to the military” for ten years, Natalie knows first-hand the many challenges and surprises that such a life brings. Frequent moves, deployments, and unpredictability can cause unusual stress in families, in marriages, and in oneself. When Natalie began “Going Placidly,” she sought to provide other spouses a respite and source of comfort. In her posts, she reflects with optimism on the challenges, lessons, and experiences that are unique to military life. Her posts, which are all based on personal experiences, range in topics, including how to overcome hurdles during a move, how to adjust to new surroundings, why the military life is a blessing, and how certain challenges have made her stronger. While many blogs, articles, and books portray military life as a constant struggle, Natalie gives a decidedly different glimpse, hoping to be a place of encouragement, affirmation, and support for other military spouses.

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