I am a freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience. I co-authored and edited The Freedom Writer’s Diary (Doubleday 1999), an aspirational collection of autobiographical short stories, a New York Times Best Seller and the basis for the 2007 Paramount Studios feature film “Freedom Writers.” (Read more about My Life as a Freedom Writer) I continue to work with Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Foundation as an inspirational speaker, student mentor, copywriter and training teachers via the Freedom Writers Institute.
Since publishing the Freedom Writer’s Diary, I’ve worked for several publishers — including Entrepreneur magazine and had my work featured on MSNBC and The Street. I have built blogs, websites and editorial systems from the ground up; I have written copy for websites, newsletters, brochures; written business features and profiles; edited several books including Scott Gerber’s debut title Never Get a ‘Real’ Job (Wiley 2010). I was also the inaugural guide to Orange County for About.com.
In addition to juggling various copy writing and content projects, I’m a regular contributor to the Ad Week Social Times blog, and a yoga teacher.