I earned my PhD from the Catholic University of America in 2008 in post-modern British literature, a fact that is almost completely irrelevant to much of the work I do today, with one exception –
I still love language.
That’s why it breaks my heart to see so many skilled professionals struggling with it. Language shouldn’t be a barrier between you and the work you do. It should be a vehicle. Like a shiny red sports car, it should take you where you need to go, effortlessly and with style.
In 2007, I started contracting with the National Conservation Training Center, the campus for Fish and Wildlife Service scientists near my home in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nestled between the Potomac River and the Blue Ridge mountains of my youth, there at the NCTC I discovered that I had a gift for making the writing process clear to subject matter experts.
So I applied the training I had as a teaching assistant at the Catholic University of America and the work I had done as an adjunct instructor at Shepherd University and developed tools – tools like the Writer’s Triangle, the Writing Cycle, a chart of transitional expressions, and an editing plan – and Conservation Writing Pro was born.
Now I work as a trainer, offering courses to government agencies who want to develop a community of practice that will nurture and celebrate their writers. I offer resources so that writers like you can collaborate with one another.
I still read avidly. I also like English Premier League Soccer (Chelsea, NOT Manchester United!), and I’m a 3rd-generation Redskin fan – it’s in the blood. I’m an amateur birder, with a tiny little life list, and I love my rescue dog Amelia, a collie-German shepherd mix who has a story all her own!
And you? What is it about you that I need to know? What are your needs, problems, or questions? Let me know, because I’m here to help!
All my best –
L. Michelle Baker, PhD
The Conservation Writing Pro
~Communication, key to conservation~
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