Cape Cod, MA, and remote
Legal writing (deskbooks, journals); memoirs; obituaries; fiction
A newspaper journalist since 1980, I moved from the writing side to editing in 1988, and a few years later began freelance copy editing on the side. As a consequence of my four years at the helm of a legal-affairs newspaper, much of my focus has been on legal writing. Other specialties include memoirs (I've led workshops on memoir writing); obituaries (writing and editing -- out of my conviction that every life is extraordinary and deserves to be chronicled in a style usually reserved for socialites and rock stars); and fiction (in which I dabble as a writer). As a current part-time editor for the opinion pages of my local newspaper, I excel at distilling overlong disquisitions to their essence while maintaining the writer's voice. I'm also a bang-up proofreader. I'm comfortably familiar with the AP Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, The Bluebook Uniform System of Citation and The Redbook Manual on Legal Style.