DeAnn Herringshaw

Freelance Content Writer & Editor

Location:Portland, Oregon, United States
2 Skills
Professional Summary: Over 16 years as a writer, writing consultant, and editor in academic, healthcare, corporate, and non-profit settings. An excellent communicator who wields professional expertise with grace and a positive attitude.

Aqueduct Media (contract – 2013): Researched and wrote supplementary online medical terminology acquisition exercises, podcasts, and audio scripts for each chapter of a medical terminology textbook (F.A. Davis, 2012).

Red Line Editorial – Researched and wrote five books for young readers: Rihanna: Grammy-Winning Superstar (2013, Abdo Publishing Company); Dorothy Dandridge: Singer & Actress (2011, Abdo); Lucille Ball: Actress & Comedienne (2011, Abdo); The Harlem Renaissance (2011, Abdo); and The United States Enters the Twentieth Century (2011, Cherry Lake Publishing).

Web Writer – Wrote and formatted Metropolitan State University’s Law Enforcement Major Completion Online Web site.

The Alban Institute Researched and wrote “Engaging Your Congregation in the Housing Crisis,” in Starting a Non-profit at Your Church by Joy Skjegstad. Reprinted in Congregations magazine.

Aqueduct Media – Developmental Editor (contract – fall 2013): Edited supplementary online medical terminology acquisition exercises, podcasts, and audio scripts for each chapter of a medical terminology textbook (F.A. Davis, 2012). Cross-checked all new material; made recommendations for resolving errors and inconsistencies; collaborated with the team (project manager, subject matter expert, writer); researched language acquisition theories and methods.

Bay West, Inc. – Production/Quality Control Editor (employee 2/2012–4/2013): Edited and prepared proposals, RFPs, and reports for production, including PDF creation and design; oversaw production process of hundreds of reports. Worked with project managers and staff professionals to ensure quality standards and deadlines were met. Created company style and formatting guide.

Capella University – Developmental Editor (seasonal contract 2007–2012): Worked in a proprietary content management system that exported files to HTML format for production in Blackboard. Edited and rewrote graduate level courses consisting of weekly units containing an introduction and learning activities: studies (readings and interactive media), discussions, and assessments, papers or quizzes. Substantively edited course content and structure, ensuring proper organization, correct grammar, and adherence to Capella’s course development standards, APA style, and ADA regulations. Followed a permissions process for online resources, corrected coding errors, ensured course pieces were linked, and solved problems by consulting with subject matter experts, instructional designers, and programmers. Edited, rewrote, and formatted printed guidebooks for face-to-face training sessions. Collaborated on special projects. Edited and wrote instructional and interactive media and transcripts.


Sofia University – Provided substantive editorial reviews of master’s candidates’ final papers; advised students on editorial concerns regarding organization, logic, grammar, syntax, punctuation, vocabulary, word choice, and APA style and format (2013 – Present).

Private Clients, Thesis and Dissertation Review – Provided substantive and APA style and format reviews for master’s and doctoral graduate candidates in nursing, business and technology, psychology, English literature and writing, biology, and law enforcement at Metropolitan State University, University of Minnesota, and Saint Catherine University.

Metropolitan State University Writing Center – Provided in-person and online tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of academic and creative writing. Created and presented lectures and workshops on the writing process. Trained and mentored new tutors. Edited and wrote Web site copy. Tutored English language learners in reading, comprehension, and writing. Created instructional materials and learning supplements (1997–2010).

Private Clients, Medical Manuscript Review – Provided substantive and APA style and format reviews for scholarly research articles. Publications include: Clinical Nursing Research (2008), Journal of Clinical Nursing (2008), Nephrology Nursing Journal (2006), Journal of Advanced Nursing (2002, 2006), Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2003), and MedSurg Nursing, (2002).

Mac/PC proficient, Microsoft Office Suite, Dreamweaver, HTML, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Web CT. Expert in APA, CMS, MLA, AP formats and styles, and ADA compliance.

Bachelor of Arts in English, 1999 (4.0 GPA), Metropolitan State University, St Paul, MN. Outstanding Student Award: College of Arts & Sciences, 1999.
Advanced Grant Writing, Marketing, Fundraising, and Capital Endowment Campaigns
(1.5 CEUs), 2003, University of St. Thomas, Center for Nonprofit Management.
Skills (2) Rating
Content Writing