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.
Master of Arts, English: Creative Writing
University of West Florida
Bachelor of Arts, English: Creative Writing
University of West Florida
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