Kirsten E. Lombard
Writer, Editor & Transcriptionist
Writing and editing in a host
of capacities for more than fifteen years has given me the knowledge
and expertise necessary to offer my clients results-oriented documents
of all sorts. From grammar and vocabulary to organization and style, I
specialize in understanding how readers will understand and respond to
what they read. These same language skills have likewise made me a
successful audio and video transcriptionist for the last eight years. I
am able to work autonomously or in close consultation with others,
depending upon project demands. Committed to my clients, I offer them
quality work—both on time and on budget.
Skills and Expertise
Clear, dynamic, persuasive
writing of all sorts
non-fiction, and personal editing
Audio and video
French to English
Data entry and
Basic website design
and HTML language
Internet navigation and research
My psychology degree
from the University of Minnesota gave me a true excitement about the
psychological impact of language. I learned that while reading is a
reflex, how we interpret what we read is not. I quickly grasped the
implications of this fact, becoming passionate in my goal to
effectively employ language to target specific reading audiences.
An abbreviated list of the
diverse ways in which I have successfully employed my writing, editing,
and transcription skills includes:
My success in a wide variety of writing,
editing, and transcription contexts demonstrates my unique ability to
comprehend how a document will be used, how an intended reader will
interact with that document, and how to carefully and efficiently
construct language to achieve an intended purpose. I look forward to
putting my extensive expertise to work for you.
- Serving as private
consultant to a
county supervisor and two local interest groups in diplomatic,
persuasive speech for public communications.
- For the Helen Louise
Collection: creating all ad copy and press releases for annual guest
lecture to obtain consistently high attendance; drafting a policy
manual and fund-raising literature; writing research and human interest
articles for annual newsletter; exhibition catalog text; editing all
collection documents prior to publication.
- Improving oral and
proficiency of private clients in Paris, France through demanding
summary and argumentation work. Clients included individuals from big
business, the airline industry, the French Foreign Ministry, and the
prestigious Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
- In various capacities
Books & Music, composing brief and compelling book and music
reviews, enticing food and beverage descriptions, monthly personal
reflection piece for customers, and clearly worded policy statements
- As curator for a
highly attended exhibition for the Historical Society of Oak Park &
River Forest, performing and overseeing historical research and
composing all display text and an accompanying catalog.
- Marketing myself highly
successfully to university admissions boards, scholarship committees,
and foundations and subsequently using this ability to help others
maximize their pursuit of admissions, research funding, and employment
approximately twenty hours of video for a documentary film project on
Alaskan settlers during the Great Depression.
- Writing succinct,
engaging historical summaries for use by a landscape restoration team.