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Profile Summary
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Completed Orders 334
Revisions/Order 0.08
Repeat Clients 44%
Last Login 9/25/2016
Location Seattle, WA
Education Bachelors Degree
Status Available
Endorsements
Article5
Blog Post3
Health3
Web Page2
Search Marketing2
Presentation1
Kids/Family1
Legal1
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Experience
Summary of Experience
Betsy S has worked professionally with writing all her life. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from University of California at San Diego, and she is a certified teacher of English as a Second Language. As an undergraduate, she took extensive coursework in the natural sciences, and she is listed as a co-author on several academic journal articles on undersea geology. Her essays, book reviews and poetry have appeared in nationwide publications, and she has taught writing skills to students at every level from kindergarten to graduate school. During Betsy's years as a social worker, the breadth of her clients' needs led her to start doing paperwork for busy lawyers in the fields of immigration and family law. After taking courses to become a paralegal, she produced a number of legal documents in the course of her work. These included various legal motions, affadavits, interview transcripts, powers of attorney, and living trusts. Recently, she has focused more on freelance writing, and has happily written newsletters, press releases, minutes from meetings, blog posts and instruction manuals.

Betsy currently works fulltime as a writer, ESL teacher and editor. Her experience as a teacher enables her to absorb and prioritize information in a clear well-organized form, and she takes pleasure in the challenge of suiting her diction to the needs of each situation. Her other sideline as an SEO specialist keeps her up to date with the latest search-result ranking and page-quality evaluation criteria. She believes that the best writers are highly-skilled generalists, able to stay current and adapt quickly to the evolving venues for online communication.
Specialties
Betsy enjoys writing in-depth pieces on legal and environmental topics, but she's not above creating sparkly little travel snippets or SEO explainers. Crafting a fluent, informative press release can be as exacting as writing a poem, and Betsy becomes completely absorbed in the unique challenges of each assignment.
Interests
Betsy is involved in local land-use issues and is active in several neighborhood organizations. She also enjoys the travel opportunities which a mobile workplace allows, and travels frequently. At home, she grows fruits and vegetables and raises chickens and bees.
Education
Seattle University Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching Certification

Betsy is a certified ESL instructor and has taught in community college classrooms and online.


WA State Bar Association and other entities Various topics in family and immigration law,

While doing social work with immigrant families, Betsy found herself frequently helping the busy public service lawyers. She took enough continuing ed courses in law to become an effective paralegal.


Childbirth Education Association CEA Instructor training, Certified as a childbirth educator

During the 1990's, Betsy's non-writing work focused on health matters relating to childbirth. She attended many continuing education classes designed for physicians, nurses, and educators.


University of California, San Diego English and American Literature, Biology, Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts

After two years focusing on laboratory sciences and math, Betsy changed her major to literature. She minored in cultural anthropology.


Certificates
Teacher of English as a Second Language Seattle University
Jun 2002
Betsy S is a certified ESL instructor. She has taught in community college classrooms and online.

Projects by Industry
Legal

Betsy received training as a paralegal while she was doing social work with homeless immigrant families. She has written legal briefs, conducted interviews, and completed immigration documents for her clients. She also has experience filing motions and writing affadavits in the areas of guardianship and domestic violence. She has created online content for legal websites on a variety of topics.

Food

Betsy sells organic eggs from her own flock of free-range chickens and honey from her beehives. She has given workshops on canning and preserving, blogged about fine local restaurants, and created original how-to articles on making pasta and sourdough bread.

Green Living

Betsy lives on a remote off-grid homestead, so she is intimately acquainted with most aspects of green living. She writes on a computer powered by L16 deep-cycle batteries, and draws water from her own well with a submersible 12V pump. She can write with authority and fluency about all aspects of green living.

Marketing

Betsy has worked together with many small business owners to create descriptive website content, brochures, and newsletters. She is experienced at finding exactly the right words to express what is unique about each business.

Career

As a social worker with unemployed women and families, Betsy provided individual assistance to clients who were seeking employment. She gave workshops in resume creation and made group presentations at the local employment office on career choices. She also conducted tours of several local vocational institutes and wrote numerous handouts on career-training opportunities.

Health

Betsy is a certified Childbirth Educator, and has taught a Medical Terminology course at a Seattle-area community college. She has taken graduate coursework at University of WA in medical social work, and has served as a board member on a regional health-care action network.

Travel

Betsy has travelled independently in Central America, Mexico, Spain and France. She has spent extended periods of time living abroad and integrating into local cultures.

Search Marketing

Betsy has become knowledgeable about SEO through building and maintaining a website and blog. She shares what she has learned through straightforward accessible online writing.

Projects by SEO Skill
SEO Keyword Requirements

Betsy is very familiar with the art of weaving keywords into natural language text. She builds and maintains her own website and two blogs, and is continually updating her knowledge of the use of keywords in SEO.

Projects by Asset Type
Blog Post

Betsy has contributed posts to a wide variety of blogs, with many different topics and tones. She is very comfortable adjusting the diction of her writing to suit the target audience.

Press Release

Betsy has several years' experience in producing press releases for businesses in her area. She has also provided this service for local art exhibits, farmers' markets, and language instruction programs.

Article

Betsy has written articles covering a wide array of topics. She is a quick and skillful researcher, and her teaching background enables her to organize and present material in a readily accessible format.

Projects By Expertise
Creative Writer

Most of Betsy's creative work has appeared in non-paying literary journals and on her website and blog. She has had an essay published in The Sun magazine, and her poetry has appeared in online literary journals.

Legal/Paralegal

Betsy has worked as a paralegal in the fields of immigration and family law.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Betsy has co-authored scientific journal articles and software how-to manuals. In her work as a paralegal, she has created motions, briefs and affadavits which were filed with the court.

Conversational

In addition to being paid for the occasional informal blog post, Betsy writes her own conversational blog. She enjoys the chance to express herself in a natural conversational tone, so that the reader feels as if we're all sitting together and chatting.

Journalistic

Betsy has several years' experience in producing press releases for businesses in her area. She has also provided this service for local art exhibits, farmers' markets, and language instruction programs.

Promotional

Betsy is very comfortable with composing promotional materials which are appealing without sounding overdone. She has created many print ads, as well as brochures, customer letters, press releases, and commercial website content.

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