Catherine Urbain

Freelance Grant Writer & Children's Book Writer

Location:United States
Phone: 203-876-7291
2 Skills

2005-Present: Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, Milford, CT
Edit and write feature articles for student/alumni magazine and other publications.

2007- 2011: Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, Westport, CT
Grant Coordinator/Writer/Researcher
Researched and wrote corporate and foundation grants, providing opportunities for children with serious illnesses to attend Hole in the Wall Camps around the world. Grants include: Hasbro Children’s Fund, Hyundai Motor Corporation, Newman’s Own Foundation. Researched prospects, wrote grant reports, edited copy for website, and Annual Report.

2008- Present: Children’s Book Author/Grant Writer
Conduct writing workshops and author presentations to middle grade students, teachers, librarians and writers. Presentations include Tassy Walden Book Awards, the Shoreline Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Connecticut Library Consortium. Write grants for schools and libraries to support author in residence programs. Children’s book published by Boyds Mills Press. Edit manuscripts.

2007-2009: Connecticut Children’s Theatre, Inc., Essex, CT
Grant Writer
Researched, wrote and implemented government, corporate and foundation grants, providing opportunities for inner city students to have a professional theater experience. Grants include NEA.

2006-2009: Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, Sacred Heart University, Bridgeport, CT Grant Writer
Wrote and implemented government, corporate and foundation grants for professional theater. Grants include: Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and Target Store Grant.

2004-2008: Milford Living Magazine, Milford, CT
Feature Writer
Researched and wrote articles for quarterly magazine.

1998-2006: Connecticut Audubon Society, Milford, CT
Grant Writer/Publicist
Wrote and implemented government, foundation and corporate grants including the United Way and City of Milford Community Block Grants. Coordinated fundraising events for Connecticut Audubon Society. Wrote and distributed press releases for newspaper, radio and television to publicize functions and family programs offered by the Audubon Society. Edited promotional materials.

1996-1998: Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC), New London, CT
Executive Director/ Grant Writer
Wrote government, foundation and corporate grants. Coordinated fund-raising events and handled all marketing and public relations. Supervised staff and all CSC programs including annual festival and educational programs. Edited copy for quarterly newsletter.

1995-1996: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Grant Writer/Researcher
Researched and wrote state, federal and corporate grants, as well as faculty newsletter.

1994-1995: Scholastic, Inc., New York, NY
Researched and collected graphics and additional support materials to be included in textbooks that coordinated with reading curriculum.

1992-1993: Channel Thirteen/WNET, New York, NY
Researcher/Production Secretary
Conducted extensive research on various topics for documentaries produced by Channel Thirteen. Compiled information for funding proposals. Handled contracts for individuals involved in production of documentaries. Supervised office interns.

1989-1991: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York, NY
Media Educator
Taught classes in television production to school groups and general public.

1985-1989: Weston Woods Studios, Weston, CT
Directed and edited iconographic films and video programs based on children’s books.

1984-1985: The Learning Community, Westport, CT
Taught social studies, math and dance for grades 2-5. Prepared daily lesson plans. Coordinated in classroom activities.

1981-1983: North Country school, Lake Placid, NY
Taught French, art and dance at private boarding school for grades 5-8. Prepared daily lesson plans. Coordinated in-classroom and after-school activities.

EDUCATION: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Masters Degree in Art Education

Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT
Bachelors of Fine Art

• 2006 Highlights Foundation Writer’s Workshop, Chautauqua, NY
• 2004-2010 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, New England Conferences
•2002 Copy Editing, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

•2002 – Present: Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators- active member Connecticut Shoreline Chapter Critique Group
• 1985 – 1991: Norwalk-Nagarote Sister City Project- Board of Directors for Nicaraguan exchange organization. Directed video about Nicaraguan children.

• 2002, 2005, 2006: Finalist for Tassy Walden Award: New Voice in Children’s Literature
• 1988: Golden Eagle Award

REFERENCES: Furnished upon request