I continue to be amazed at the good work my clients do in the world. I love being a part of that work — whether I’m interviewing luminaries in the nonprofit world or writing about the rufous hummingbird. Below is a selection of my corporate copywriting projects. Clients range from international companies communicating in English, to nonprofits and small businesses in Oregon. House styles vary from American English to UK English or hybrids of both. Click on the link to the sample and a new window will open. (Some samples are in PDF form, so you may need to download Adobe Acrobat here if you do not already have it.)
The Collins Foundation
The Collins Foundation is an independent, private foundation that “exists to improve, enrich, and give greater expression to humanitarian endeavors in the state of Oregon and to assist in improving the quality of life in the state.” Contributing to their annual report always means talking to people who are doing good work in Oregon or learning about the work the Foundation funds around the state. Here are three examples of interview pieces I wrote for their annual reports.
Building livable communities with transit. That’s the tagline of the annual Rail~Volution conference. One of my first Portland clients, I’ve written their brochure and program, as well as the supporting call for proposals and web copy, since 2010. Copy and ideas come from all over the US. Working closely with the core committee, I set the theme and tone for the written communications.
Audubon Society of Portland
Why do you do what you do? And why do you do it for the birds? For the 2010 annual report, I talked to the people who support the Audubon Society of Portland: the volunteers, the employees and the donors. I used their stories to tell the story of the organization. More than a dozen interviews went into the stories that make up this annual report that’s more than numbers and milestones.
In 2011 Portland Audubon’s annual report was all about the birds. Backed up by research and interviews, I helped readers bone up on their avian knowledge while learning about Audubon’s work throughout Oregon.
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI)
I’ve been producing materials for CBI since 2006. Projects include brochures, press releases and special projects to promote the organization’s participation in European trade fairs. For each fair, I distill copy and information from small business owners in developing countries (almost always non-native English speakers) into easy-to-read promotional copy for a global audience.
A Couple of Websites
With a website for TVT Diecasting, I went beyond nuts and bolts to communicate how the promises made by the company founder still hold true 35 years later. With Kennedy Watts Arellano & Ricks, I concentrated on what makes the small legal firm with a solid reputation stand out to clients.
Clips of Past Favorites
Oilily News Catalog Wrap for Firebird Collection Spring 2006. Composed smart “news” stories relating to an original fairy tale commissioned by Oilily. Highlighted the adventures of Oi and Lily, as well as the Spring 2006 Firebird-themed clothing catalog. Text appealed to both children and parents.
Front Page of “Newspaper” (Catalog Wrap)
Comprehensive campaign to introduce Scirus, a scientific search engine. Wrote copy for an audience of smart, tech-savvy scientists, librarians and students around the world. Campaign and promotional products developed by Artmiks [image builders] in Amsterdam.
Found at Scirus magazine
Marketing fact sheet
Commemorative photography book to celebrate Feadship’s centennial. Conveyed, in words, the luxury and craftsmanship of Feadship’s megayachts to accompany the dramatic lifestyle and historical photography in the book. Book produced by Lenthe Communications in The Netherlands.
Ernst & Young
In Focus: Ernst & Young’s International Hospital Survey 2006. Coordinated draft input from experts in eight countries (most non-native English speakers) and rewrote text for a consistent voice throughout the 100-page report on healthcare trends. Report produced by Adequaat Communicatie, The Netherlands.
In-Focus Summary of Key Findings – sample
Website and a wrap for a high-profile digital music release. Wrote copy to capture the spirit of four versatile young saxophonists as they broke onto the international musical scene. Brochure and website produced by Artmiks [image builders] in Amsterdam.
Internal communications program to facilitate corporate reorganization in 1996. Developed program and communicated details to 40,000 employees around the world. In-house project for Inchape Corporate Communications Department, London.
Inchcape World, in-house magazine article describing program
The John Adams Institute
Direct mail newsletter to members and interested public. Captured the audience experience to potential members through a personal story. Wrote copy for this and follow-on newsletters, as well as speeches for the organization director. Pro-bono for John Adams Institute in Amsterdam.
Direct mail brochure