RACHEL ROSEKIND, PhD, MLIS
WORDS ARE MATTER.
MAKE THEM MATTER.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and beheld that service was joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” ~ Angela Davis
As an editor, teacher, coach, content creator, and community activist, I raise my voice in service to others and help you find yours in service to self. You can learn more about my background, approach, and ambitions on the “Who I Am” section of my website.
I bring joy and precision to the process of creative discovery and composition and guide people toward greater confidence, momentum, and expressive fluency. In all of my work, I strive to cultivate empathy, curiosity, connection, and vitality ~ in the classroom, on the page, and in my community. For twenty-five years, I have served in various roles and environments to empower people through critical inquiry, community engagement, and creative exploration. Write You Are! represents the culmination of this journey and the synthesis of broader aspirations to ask questions, share ideas, and expand the boundaries of my orientation and our collective understanding.
The quality of my work is distinguished by the ethic of care and integrity that I bring to every project, cause, client, and student. I excel at setting attainable goals, providing constructive feedback, and serving as a sounding board to inspire, clarify, organize, and refine ideas. I meet people where they are and help to get them where they want to be through measurable, concrete, reasonable steps. Throughout our collaboration, I remain open to your voice, centered on the premise of your work, and committed to the value of your vision.
A sampling of recent projects registers the breadth of my work, professional expertise, and genre range. Topics include: radicalizing higher education; philosophy of mind; trauma-informed mental health; Greek tragedy and the Anthropocene; ecological renewal; a social benefit platform to enhance immigrants’ economic and social inclusion; conflict mineral trade in Central Africa; the impact of Black Lives Matter in the corporate sector; new dimensions of Caribbean art and directions for its interpretation; memoirs of authors ranging in age from mid-thirties to mid-seventies; coming of age as an undocumented immigrant; national and local civil rights histories; policymaking with an equity lens; spiritual journeys and transformation; Black economic empowerment; and geographical reflections of racial inequities.
I offer targeted support to assist adults and young adults with building creative fluency and confidence. Guided by individuals’ interests, capabilities, and experiences, I employ resources and techniques that facilitate more captivating, lucid, and dynamic literary expression. In private sessions and group classes, we harness curiosity, remain open to inspiration, and attune ourselves to the mechanics and mysteries of the written word. In all of this work, I initiate conversations and activities that challenge interpretive, expressive, and experiential horizons to explore the edges, gaps, and margins of human connection and communication.
As an editor, I utilize my critical distance to amplify your insights and the integrity of your vision and cast a penetrating beam of comprehension and perspective on your composition. I align my approach with your professional orientation, methodology, disposition, and audience. I specialize in academic editing and literary fiction and nonfiction and provide a range of services, from light copyediting to substantive and developmental editing. With meticulous attention to clarity, accuracy, and precision, I ask questions that help shape inchoate thoughts, unify fragmented ideas, and magnify impact to yield a more engaging and vibrant manuscript. Together, we create a final product that reflects the spirit of origin and the essence of your intent as its author.
Whether your desired content is promotional, academic, biographical, or informative, I can help articulate your message more fluidly and forcefully. I am versatile in both print and online formats and experienced in co-creating websites, marketing & public relations materials, grant proposals, annual reports, job materials, newsletters, blogs, conference presentations, and more. I have worked with clients to shape their brand, express their passions, and frame their purpose to reach a wider audience. My editorial expertise guides the evolution of content, and clients receive the benefit of two services in one.
The college and graduate school admissions process demands consolidation and concision. The essays present an opportunity to distill and distinguish. Together, we work to demystify and enliven the journey of reflection, expression, and revision. I guide you in a stepwise manner: we dig, expand, organize, synthesize, draft, whittle, refine, polish, then submit. My feedback is targeted and strategic, drawn from an experiential base at elite institutions from the vantage point of both student and teacher.
I devote as much time as I can to honing my craft and pursue projects generated by diverse streams of inquiry and inspiration. I am currently plodding through five manuscripts-in-progress:
Fierce Illumination: Elemental Ravelings and Revelations
Flight of the Beautiful Days: A Chronicle of the Radical Women Who Ignited Bay Area Cultural and Social Movements
“Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Way She Moves”: The Experience and Influence of Women in the Grateful Dead
Ivy Grows in the Garden of Eden: A Branch Leaves a Family Tree
An Apprentice to Words: Why I Write, Why I Teach
“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” ~ Toni Morrison
“Compassion is a verb.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King
© Rachel Rosekind, PhD, MLIS