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I am a technical communicator. I help non-technical audiences understand complex and technical information.
I also wield a red pen and style manual as a freelance editor and writer. If you’re looking for crafted content or sharper sentences, let’s talk. My work experience includes editing, feature writing, publication management, and digital media.
And, I’m a rhetorician. My research interests include algorithmic writing, cultural constructs of authorship, GIFs as writing, and social reading.
To learn more, check out my resume and the portfolio samples below.
featured freelance work
Colours in My Hand
Colours in My Hand is a book by Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku. The book is a showcase of Ayako’s art, with minimal text explaining her creative process. The text is Ayako’s own words, translated from Japanese to English by Hiyoko Imai. I then edited the translations for clarity, typographical errors, grammar, and punctuation. My primary goal as editor was to ensure that Ayako’s artistic spirit was not lost in translation. Colours in My Hand was published in June 2011. Image courtesy of rokkakuayako.com.
Write For Tohoku
You Are Here: Writing for Tohoku is an ebook that came about in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan (Tohoku) on March 11, 2011. Writers, editors, and designers who live or have lived in Japan shared their stories, illustrations, and photos to show the hospitality, beauty, and strength of Japan.
As a writer and editor living in Fukushima, this publication was one way for me to get involved and help. I shared a short story called “A Chance Encounter” and provided editing support: an initial edit of two stories, and then a final edit of two chapters. The Write For Tohoku project was conceived of and led by Annamarie Sasagawa, and the book was designed and published by Luis Mendo and Hiyoko Imai of the Goodfellas Network in April 2011. Image courtesy of fortohoku.org.
The London and Amsterdam City Reports are part of a series of illustrated city guides by editorial design consultant and art director Luis Mendo. My role in these projects was as proofreader. I provided basic editing of the text, which included three edits throughout the publication process that dealt with typographical errors, grammar, punctuation, and style consistency. The London City Report was published in July 2010 in the Journal de Nîmes No 5. The Amsterdam City Report was published in November 2010 in the Journal de Nîmes No 6. Image courtesy of thecityreporter.com.
Writing with Wikipedia
“Writing with Wikipedia: Building ethos through collaborative academic research” was co-authored with Dr. Frances Di Lauro of the University of Sydney for Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology. This chapter explores the use of digital media and technology in the writing classroom to engage and empower students, focusing primarily on the creation and implementation of an in-class activity designed to teach academic research and referencing skills through Wikipedia. This chapter shows how Wikipedia can be used to increase engagement in the classroom by teaching collaborative writing in a global, networked community. Our chapter—and the rest of the edited collection—is available for free download under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 License through ETC Press.
Multimodal Writing Instruction in a Global World
“Multimodal Writing Instruction in a Global World” is a collaborative webtext my colleagues and I did for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. This special issue was edited by Karen Lunsford and focused on the theme of multimodal research within/across/without borders. Our webtext explores the work we do at the University of Sydney Writing Hub.
I had the opportunity to take the lead on the design and digital components as well as the editorial process on our end. The ‘hub’ design went through a variety of iterations and as it did, the writing shifted along with it, ultimately resulting in a webtext that reflects the Hub’s philosophy and rhetorical approach to supporting the development of student writing in multimodal contexts.