WRITER ♦ EDUCATOR

EDITOR ♦ SPEAKER 

I’m a Writer… What’s Your Super Power?

About Me

I am a freelance writer based in Woodbine, MD. I have published more than 40 feature articles for magazines and websites on topics as diverse as firearms, movies, and healthcare, developed several online courses in the allied healthcare fields and am the associate editor for Plexus–a trade magazine for the medical transcription industry. I have also contributed six articles to a medieval encyclopedia.

After making a living as a freelance writer for several years, a story invaded my head and wouldn’t leave me alone. I found National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) one year and thought I’d get the story out of my system and go on with my life, but another story occurred to me, and another, and another. A few years later, I broke the news to my family that I wanted to go back to school. Although my family remembers fondly the days when I used to cook and do laundry, they have been extremely supportive anyway.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in History, German and Ancient/Koinae Greek from Albright College in Reading, PA (many years ago) and received a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing Popular Fiction in 2013 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. I am a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and the Historical Novel Society.

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TAKE A CLASS WITH ME

Sign up for introductory classes in the allied healthcare fields:

• Explore a Career in Medical Coding

• Explore a Career in Medical Transcription

Sign up for advanced classes, for people with healthcare experience:

• Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

• CPT coding for the Healthcare Professional

I have taken several online classes through ed2go. This ranks as one of the top two, and Jennifer also ranks as one of the top two. This instructor knows her craft and knows how to explain difficult questions and scenarios. She knows how to take difficult material and make it understandable.
I would take more classes taught by her.
LL, Coding student

“I am currently taking a face-to-face class, and I got totally lost. Jennifer really knows the material and was able to break it down into easily digestible packages. LOVED the course. LOVED the instructor. Would take from her again in a heartbeat. Thank YOU!”
BA, Coding student

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable of the curriculum and seems to know it front and back. If you want to know all the ins and outs of MT, she is the perfect teacher for your education.”
SW, Transcription student

“It was a pleasure learning about medical transcription from this instructor. I looked forward to each lesson as Jennifer shared her valuable knowledge and experience from actually working as an MT.”
RC, Transcription

Medical Portfolio 

State of the EHR
(CEU package for AHDI 2016)

Barrett’s Esophagus: Signs, Progression and Treatments
(Plexus Magazine 1/2017)

Sun, Sand and Sutures
(Plexus Magazine 11/2013)

Guest Blog Posts Crazy ICD-10 Codes? Let’s Put Them In Perspective
EMRandHIPAA.com (2015)

Paper or Electronic-Does Physician Age Matter?
EMRandHIPAA.com (2015)

Stop Arguing About ICD-10
ElectronicHealthReporter.com (2014)

Presentations

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PROFESSIONAL CODERS
Keynote Speaker: MayMania Chapter Event
Getting Ready for ICD-10 Transition (May 2015)

ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION INTEGRITY
Annual Convention and Exposition (ACE)
Freelance Writing Workshop (August, 2014)

The Great Debate:
“Real-Time Documentation or Care First, Then Document?”
Educator’s Summit: Transcription/Coding Mashup (August, 2013)

Session Speaker: Medical Coding for Medical Transcriptionists
(August, 2012)

Panel Member: What elements in the curriculum most directly relate to job readiness?
(August, 2011)

Participant: The Great Debate (“Trending Technology (EHR/SRT): Threat to Transcription or Opportunity for Growth?”)
(August, 2011)

ASSOCIATION FOR HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION INTEGRITY
Recorded Webinar:
Technology and the Healthcare Documentation Specialist
(October, 2012)

Social Media (Medical)

FICTION

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My first novel, a historical fantasy, is represented by Eric Ruben
TheRubenAgency.com

My first published short story appeared on
Daily Science Fiction (2016):
Believe Me

Here are my guest blog posts about the craft of fiction:
Blown Away
Kristina Elyse Butke
May 17, 2015

False Starts
Author Amok
December 4, 2012

My short story, “Honor,” is featured in the anthology Chasing Magic 
Released May 2017

Academic Presentations

Seton Hill University

In Your Write Mind Writer’s Workshop

Using Emotion in your WIP (June, 2016)

The Anatomy and Physiology of Emotion
(June, 2015 and June, 2016)

Healing and Healthcare through the Ages (June, 2014)

Leveraging Your Knowledge and Experience into Freelancing Success (June, 2013)

Social Media (Writing)

CONTACT

EDITING AND PROOFREADING
I have experience writing, editing and proofreading educational content, medical and healthcare trade content, and fiction. If you have a project that needs editing and/or proofreading, contact me for rates. I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association: Here is my profile.

Jennifer is a true professional and first-rate writer/editor. She’s detail-oriented in proofreading and editing copy for not only for grammar and punctuation but also clarity of content and accuracy. She’s vigilant about deadlines and always comes through in a crunch. I highly recommend her!” – Kristin M. Wall, CHDS, AHDI-F 

GHOSTWRITING
I look forward to a big announcement here for a book that started as a ghostwriting project but became a co-writing project. Since my name will be on the cover, I’ll be able to announce it here. Come on back soon to see what it is! In the meantime, if you have a project that needs a professional writer, feel free to contact me to see how we can make that happen.

ACADEMIC WRITING
Greenwood Publishing Group: Encyclopedia of Sex, Love and Courtship in the Medieval World. Contributed 6 articles, 2007. Article subjects: Circumcision, Illegitimacy, Magic, Medicine, Orthodox Christianity, Slavery

PUBLIC SPEAKING
I have experience presenting at large trade shows on a variety of topics. I have the research skills and background to speak as a subject matter expert on many topics. Contact me if you have an event you would like me cover.