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business volunteer. Communications & social media specialist, Valley Women’s Business Network, 2012–2015. Secretary 2018–present.


lifelong learning advocate. Editorial Board member, Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia, 2014–15. Advisory Board member, Acadia Lifelong Learning Centre, 2007–11 (chaired board 2009–11).


community arts supporter. Performer and past board member for CentreStage Theatre, Kentville, NS. Coordinator of theatre gallery to showcase work by local artists, 2009–14.


nature advocate. Supporter of the Blomidon Naturalists Society and other wildlife and environmental organizations. My nature photography grew out of curiosity about the birds that visit in winter.


nature-friendly gardener. Part of a good-natured if unruly team; the others are the weather and assorted local wildlife. In 2013, the Canadian Wildlife Federation certified my property as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.


For my business sustainability policy, click here.

 

Why should you hire me in particular, when lots of other good people are writers or editors?


One reason is that I have a bucketload of experience, and I love to use it. Just ask my clients. Before becoming a freelance writer and editor 20 years ago, I was managing editor for a family of trade magazines. And before that, I was an editorial assistant who learned first-class editing skills, the art of shaping words, and the business realities of publishing.


I’ve written or edited hundreds of articles, reports, brochures, web pages, academic materials, short stories, fiction and memoir manuscripts, and even the odd dissertation.


I can see what will make your writing project stand out, and I can help you make that happen.


Also, I pay attention to detail — not just with style and grammar, but with flow and the logic of what you want to say. (I’ve actually wondered if I’m a tiny bit obsessive. Fortunately, in my line of work that would be a good thing.)


I pay attention to changes in language, style, and technology. If we’re not already connected on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, feel free to wander over and say hi.


You’ll learn cool stuff. I love to share tips.


If you like to learn in a more structured way, I offer workshops and coaching sessions. You or your people can learn how to write and speak with more impact and clarity.


Clients have described me as approachable, analytical and creative. (One talented and obviously discerning graphic designer said he fell in love a little bit when I corrected “is comprised of” to “comprises,” but maybe that’s just him.)


Want to know more? You can read my full résumé here.


If you think we might be a good fit working together, get in touch — I’d love to chat with you about your writing project. No obligation.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


• Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce

• Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia

• Valley Women’s Business Network

• PLAIN (Plain Language Association International)

• Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia



(902) 582 3251 • rachel@rachelcooper.ca

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Rachel Cooper —


Nova Scotia writer, editor, and nature photographer