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I'm Dakota, a freelance writer, editor, and poet with a passion for storytelling and creative problem solving. My love for reading and writing led me to academia, journalism and digital content creation, and now, proposal writing. In my current role, I collaborate with C-suite executives in the healthcare sector to manage million-dollar writing projects, proposals, and presentations in support of my company’s organic growth. 

 

Armed with my sticky-note-covered laptop, audio recorder, and housecat coworker, I also create compelling and original content for my freelance clients to support their organic growth and vision. Like any good writer, I can tackle nearly any topic— which means I don’t set out to become a master of any subject. Instead, I collaborate with subject experts and weave together narratives, facts, and a touch of creativity to tell a compelling story.

 

When I am not fueling my screen-time with caffeine, I am usually completing a DIY project on my RV-turned-tiny-home, attending an open mic or art event, or wandering around Pensacola with a good book in hand.

 

Please reach out to me with any projects, pitches, or ideas you may have. 

Work Experience

Education

Writer/Editor

Envision Healthcare

2022-Present

Assistant Editor

Ballinger Publishing

2019-2022

Editor-in-Chief

Feminist Spaces

2020-2022

Master of Arts, English: Creative Writing

University of West Florida

2020-2022

Bachelor of Arts, English: Creative Writing

University of West Florida

2016-2020

Responsible for owning the project lifecycles of highly-technical Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and presentations in support of the company’s organic growth, including formatting, content development, print production, and submission. Additional tasks include content creation for both the business development and marketing departments, including targeted flyers, A/B testing emails, letters to clients, and other marketing collateral.

Responsible responsible for pitching content ideas, proofing publications, conducting research and interviews, and writing and editing 5-8 articles a month for multiple in-house publications including Downtown Crowd, Pensacola Magazine, NWFL Business Climate, and Coming of Age Magazine while overseeing production and print timelines for client publications such as a weekly newspaper and magazine for the  Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association.

Responsible for rebranding and relaunching the academic journal, Feminist Spaces, after a four-year publishing hiatus as a large-scale project for my master's degree. Project included onboarding editorial team, content selection and production, coordinating editing assignments, budget proposal and management, and marketing. Collaborated with graphic design team to rebrand journal while individually building a new website at feministspacesjournal.org. Successfully increased both website traffic and readership to an international engagement.

  • Summa Cum Laude Honors

  • 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Award

  • President of Sigma Tau Delta: English Honor Society

  • Served on editorial board for Troubadour and Feminist Spaces

  • Magna Cum Laude Honors

  • Minor in political science

  • 2020 Hip Showcase Best Study Away Project Award

  • 2018 Catalyst Study Abroad Program

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