I’m Natalie. I’m a creative writer, journalist and content strategist. East-Coast-bred, West-Coast convert. Origin: Canadienne. Currently a Seattleite via California. For a decade I built my writing skills as a reporter at newspapers around the West, learning how to tell a story that deeply impacts readers. I wrote about Mexican immigrants dying in the desert, lesbian golf tournaments, and backyard + boardroom politics at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.; dodged falling boulders and a serial killer at a tiny newspaper in Gold Country that boasted a single Internet connection; wrote film and art reviews for the gritty San Francisco Independent (RIP); and covered growth issues, murder trials, transportation and social issues at The Seattle Times. From 2012 to 2017 I directed content and editorial strategy, developed social and marketing campaigns, and dreamed up creative as Executive Editor of ParentMap. I currently curate and program content on Microsoft’s internal news portal used by more than 120,000 employees worldwide and work as editor for its original storytelling program, editing and writing feature stories on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to product development that illuminate the fascinating ways people are evolving technology.
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MFA in creative writing and poetics from the University of Washington. I am an extroverted introvert and a storyteller at heart. One of my favorite things in the world (besides red velvet cupcakes) is to be in a room with a team of highly engaged, mission-driven people and drive actions for good through creativity. To keep myself under the spell of language, I write creatively on the side and my essays and stories have been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals around the country. I am an invited guest writer for the 2016/2017 season at On the Boards Seattle, where I respond creatively to contemporary performing art and help create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. My memoir, California Calling, will be published in 2018 by Hawthorne Books.
I live with my husband and daughters in Seattle, the best place in the universe and, oftentimes, the center of the resistance. The woman at left is not me. But she made you look, and that’s what great storytelling does.
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