Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

I have over 10 years experience working independently as a writer and also teaching in writing centers, working collaboratively with writers ranging from displaced industrial workers drafting their first resumes to CEOs looking to polish a grant proposal. I've written about motorcycle rallies and chiropractic technique with the same passion and diligence I use to create lesson plans or research a feature article. You might say I'm a chronic word junky. I hold an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where I also earned master's certificates in women's studies and teaching composition.

WRITER, EDITOR, EDUCATOR

  • 10 years self-employed experience managing multiple, simultaneous contracts
  • Prioritize deadlines across multiple projects of varying scope
  • Focus on timely, clear communication regarding each stage of assignments
  • Detail-oriented, efficient approach to first drafts to minimize revision for clients

NARRATIVE WRITING

Creative, original content focused on scene & sensory detail. Published feature-length magazine articles, project narratives for foundations, blog posts, web content, & more.

  • Focus on family, sustainability, & women's health topics
  • Past clients include:
    • Parents magazine (feature writing)
    • Bust magazine (feature writing)
    • A Mother's Boutique (blogger & content creator for e-newsletter)
    • The Sprout Fund (project narratives for foundation application & PR materials)

Writing samples available online: katyranklev.com/publications

TECHNICAL WRITING

Clear content crafted to convey message, adapting voice, style, & tone to the client's audience & purpose.

  • Past projects include:
    • 2011 Annual Report for Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
    • Web content for chiropractic practitioners
    • Donor profiles & concept mapping for Penn State Rugby Football Club
    • White papers & educational materials for the International Cesarean Awareness Network

COPYEDITING/PROOFREADING

Carefully review text for substantive & mechanical error, developing sentence structure & paragraph flow, brushing & polishing tired text. Minimize jargon as requested, & tighten lengthy text.

  • Past projects include:
    • Proofreading educational supplements to accompany textbooks for Prentice Hall
    • Proofreading internal PowerPoint presentations for Corning Incorporated headquarters
    • Copyediting growth strategy manuals for USA Rugby
    • Scrubbing website text for consistency, tone, & error for various business clients

TECHNICAL EDITING

Review technical materials for mechanical error, structure, & formatting, ensuring material adheres to technical specifications provided. Familiar with AP, CMS, APA, and CSE style manuals.

  • Past projects include:
    • Editing Agricultural Science research articles for University of Nebraska professors seeking publication in scholarly journals
    • Reviewing graduate dissertations for students in the University of Pittsburgh Communication Science & Disorders department
    • Preparing engineering articles for publication & conference presentation for the University of Pittsburgh

EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE

Teach writing (creative, composition, professional communication) in both formal & informal educational settings for 10+ years.

  • Develop original syllabi tailored to student body for each course
  • Conduct interactive class meetings where every student is given voice
  • Provide detailed, constructive feedback on writing assignments
  • Experience working with remedial writers, adult learners, collegiate undergraduates, & upper division writing students

Small-group & one-on-one tutoring experience in both university & community writing centers