Betsy S
Writer #6231
Seattle, WA
Joined 11/11/2012
5 Star Rating
99% Success
488 Projects
20 Endorsements
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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.
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Betsy S's Article Product Experience

80 Projects Completed

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.

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

University of California, San Diego

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

Childbirth Education Association

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.

WA State Bar Association and other entities

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.

Seattle University

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

Legal

68 Projects Completed

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.

Marketing

45 Projects Completed

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.

Health

45 Projects Completed

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.

Career

21 Projects Completed

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.

Food

19 Projects Completed

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.

Travel

18 Projects Completed

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

9 Projects Completed

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.

Green Living

7 Projects Completed

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.

Blog Post

159 Projects Completed

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.

Article

80 Projects Completed

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.

Press Release

17 Projects Completed

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.

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