The WordShop Specialties—
Writing: Writer, Writing Coach, Tutor, Editor, Copywriter, Proofreader
Marketing: WordPress Development and Customization, Market Research and Strategy, Profiles and Interviews, Trade Articles
Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, Scrivener, Blackboard. Email marketing: Keap (Infusionsoft).
Telling Stories: You have a story to tell. Someone to reach. I build bridges, listen closely, and paint word pictures. The materials? Your Story. Your Voice. Fresh Ideas. Visuals. Compelling, engaging content. Create a clean, consistent, and conversational voice in your marketplace. This builds trust. The right words fill in the gaps between you and your audience. When I help a dreamer—entrepreneur, business owner, or organization—find those who need or want what they have to offer by painting a story in broad and fine strokes, that makes me happy. What about problems? I call them challenges. I like to approach challenge-jumping with a First Principals approach: examine, break it down to fundamental truths, and reason UP from there. I’ve found this the most creative and effective way to find solutions together for your business.
Travel & Tourism: I’m always on the hunt for stories as a freelancer about the pursuit of moments. We recognize our “Thin Places” when the hair raises on our arm or a chill runs up our spine or we share a poignant conversation with a stranger. That’s when we’ve found another “Thin Place.” When we encounter something bigger than ourselves or encounter our deeper selves as travelers, that’s where I find—and write—the most compelling stories! Outside of freelance travel writing, I curate and create content for a two-generation tour operator travel blog.
Industries: Travel & Tourism, Health & Wellness, Music & Entertainment, Entrepreneurial, Architectural Salvage, Building/Restoration, Education.
Writing Instructor: Writing Coach, Workshop Leader, Western Kentucky University part-time instructor.
M.F.A. in Writing, Spalding University, 2010 – 2014.
B.H., Multi-Media Journalism (Literature & PR/Marketing emphasis) NHS, Penn State, 1987.
Publications: Menda City Review, Bucket List Publications, BNT Touring Magazine, The Contributor, INSP (International Network of Street Papers), Spalding MFA Blog, Spalding Alumni Blog, various trade magazines and blogs. More here.
Writing Clips: karenlesliewriter.com
Writer Interview: A Day in the Life Interview