As a “Storytelling” Marketing Specialist: 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 cover the gap. When I help a dreamer (an individual, 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. Problems? No, challenges. I approach challenge-jumping with a First Principals approach. We look at any challenges, break them down to their fundamental truths, and reason UP from there. This is the most creative and fun way to find solutions together for your business.
As a Travel Writer: 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 company blog.
The WordShop Specialties: profiles, bio interviews, trade articles/blogs, content, market research/strategy, creative project management (including logo design), WordPress customization, branding, copywriting, editing, proofreading. Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, Microsoft Office. Email marketing: Infusionsoft.
Industries: Travel & Tourism, Health & Wellness, Music & Entertainment, Entrepreneurial, Architectural Salvage, Building/Restoration, Education.
Writing Instructor: Writing Workshop Leader, Western Kentucky University Adjunct.
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: https://medium.com/@karenlesliewriter
Writer Interview: A Day in the Life Interview