Storyteller | Author | Teacher
I’m Natalie, an award-winning author, editor, storyteller, 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 listen, and how to tell stories that deeply impact 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; wrote film and art reviews for the San Francisco Independent; and covered growth issues, murder trials, transportation and social issues at The Seattle Times. From 2012 to 2017 I directed content and editorial strategy, helped developed social and marketing campaigns, and dreamed up creative as Executive Editor of ParentMap. I currently curate and program content on two global Microsoft websites and work as a senior editor and lead storyteller for the tech giant’s culture storytelling program, editing and writing content on topics ranging from artificial intelligence to global health to product development that illuminate the fascinating ways people are evolving technology and empowering one another.
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MFA in creative writing and poetics. 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. My memoir, California Calling, was released in 2018 by Hawthorne Books. I teach classes and workshops on storytelling, creative writing, and publishing to professionals and adults students, and I speak at conferences and read and perform my creative work regularly around the Pacific Northwest and the country. I served as an invited guest writer for the 2017/2018 season at On the Boards Seattle, where I responded creatively to contemporary performing art and help create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. I have been the recipient of multiple journalism and creative writing awards and fellowships.
I live with my husband and daughters in Seattle, the best place in the universe and, oftentimes these days, the center of the resistance.
See my storyteller/journalism resume here.
See my creative resume here.