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Catherine V
Editor #9120
Joined 4/7/2014
5 Star Rating
1,370 Projects
Catherine V, or "Cat," is a Renaissance woman at heart, tirelessly multidisciplinary by nature. She earned her master's degree in linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focused on historical linguistics, syntax, and semantics. Her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University included a double major in English and the College of Letters—a unique program whose goal is the cultivation of "an educated imagination," fostered by intensive study of literature, history, philosophy, and language.
She worked over four years with Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs and the annual Wesleyan Writers Conference, as assistant, organizer, and participant. She and Anne also brought a new course to life from concept to reality: "Distinguished Living Writers on Writing." And Cat was proud to be the first student to attend.
Upon exiting the ivory tower and realizing material need to pay student loans, Cat worked in administration and management with companies of all sizes. Destiny or accident led her to the architecture and engineering industries. The work with managers and marketers was interesting, the environment dynamic, and the responsibility challenging—it was not easy convincing engineers and architects that designs could not stand on merits alone, without clear, coherent communication to prospective and current clients.
Cat fought for and held a place in her peers' hearts as the go-to girl on grammar. During her tenure at SMMA and Cannon Design, she wrote, co-wrote, and edited almost everything possible, including emails and marketing materials, master plans and proposals, specifications and contracts, process documentation and how-to guides.
She published a regular column in the SMMA newsletter, on matters of writing and editing, called "Write Ideas." She was an officer in the SMMA chapter of Toastmasters, a group focused on improving communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Adept in traditional and Internet research and the use of keywords, Cat also participated in numerous, varied, related assignments with staff of all levels and disciplines. She also relied on her substantial experience to co-create and teach a series of seminars on writing.
She is currently with Cohesion (formerly nSight) as a contract employee, performing a broad variety of tasks, including editing, coordination, and transcription of materials in almost every field imaginable—technology, science, education, anatomy, astronomy, psychology, et cetera.
Cat believes editing is the process by which edges are honed, ideas are crystallized and brightened, and the writer's voice is made clear and strong for the appreciation of any given audience.

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