An effective editor is also a teacher and coach.

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Writing and storytelling is a critical skill in any workplace today. I help reporters tell news stories as well as businesses tell the stories behind their services and goals.

Reporters, writers, and editors are always eager to learn and refine their skills, particularly when they are starting in the news or writing business or changing beats or jobs. I have extensive experience coaching writers and editors, particularly in covering policy and politics. I work one-on-one with reporters, guiding them through the reporting, interviewing and writing process to help them produce balanced, wellresearched and wellwritten articles. I also have experience teaching editorial techniques to editors. And I conduct group workshops on news writing, interviewing and profiling.

I also work with youth as the leader of a teen writers club in Germantown, Md., on behalf of the Maryland Writers Association (MWA). The club provides an opportunity for middle- and high-school students to experiment with storytelling and poetry, provide one another feedback, compete in writing contests, and build friendships with teens with similar interests. Several of my club members contributed have contributed to  MWA’s teen anthologies, a compilation of stories and poems from members of teen writers clubs around the state. The first issue of Emerging Voices was published in May 2015.