Karen Leslie

Writer, Marketing Specialist, Workshop Leader

The WordShop Specialties: market research/strategy, profiles and interviews, trade articles/blogs, content, copywriting, editing, proofreading, writing workshops, tutoring. Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, Scrivener. Email marketing: Infusionsoft.

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 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.

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 operator travel blog.

Industries: Travel & Tourism, Health & Wellness, Music & Entertainment, Entrepreneurial, Architectural Salvage, Building/Restoration, Education.

Writing Instructor: Writing 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 MagazineThe Contributor, INSP (International Network of Street Papers), Spalding MFA Blog, Spalding Alumni Blog, various trade magazines and blogs.  More here.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenlesliewriter/

Writing Clips: https://medium.com/@karenlesliewriter

Writer Interview: A Day in the Life Interview