A decade ago I began writing an historical novel based on my parents’ time in China as medical missionaries. But my own story kept surfacing, demanding to be told. Recognizing I had limited experience with personal writing, I took a community college memoir course. That led me to a nine-month online skills-building program through The Narrative Project, which I completed in 2017. And the rest is history as I prepare to launch my memoir, Whispers from the Valley of the Yak, in September 2023.
Writing figures prominently in my thirty-five-year environmental career as well. The last ten years I worked in partnership with the National Park Service Conservation Study Institute (now the NPS Stewardship Institute) under a cooperative agreement with the Quebec-Labrador Foundation. During that time, I authored or coauthored a dozen publications on community engagement, collaboration, and conservation stewardship, which can be viewed and downloaded here.
Selected Published Works
“Ashes and Rivers,” a chapter in the anthology True Stories: The Narrative Project, Vol I, Penchant Press International, Bellingham, WA; 2019. Adapted from Whispers From the Valley of the Yak.
Tuxill, Jacquelyn L., Philip B. Huffman, Daniel N. Laven, and Nora J. Mitchell. Shared Legacies in Cane River National Heritage Area: Linking People, Traditions, and Landscapes. A Technical Assistance Report for the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission. Final Report. Woodstock, VT: Conservation Study Institute, 2008.
Tuxill, Jacquelyn L., Nora J. Mitchell, and Jessica Brown. Conservation and Collaboration: Lessons Learned from National Park Service Partnerships in the Western United States. Conservation and Stewardship Publication No. 6. Woodstock, Vermont: Conservation Study Institute, 2004.
Simple copyediting for tense consistency, grammar, syntax, punctuation, clarity of writing. Also more advanced copyediting (sometimes called line editing) that focuses at the line and paragraph level of a manuscript.
A last run-through for spelling, grammar, punctuation, line spacing, consistent treatment of section headings, accuracy of table of contents, etc.
Member, Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
Courses taken through EFA:
Intermediate Copyediting (four-week course)
Advanced Copyediting (six-week course)
Introduction to Line Editing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction (four-week course)