Elissa Cottle

Writer / Editor / Project Manager

   Artful Business Writing

    Creative Writing Classes & Consultation

elissa.abw@gmail.com

612-925-2249 
 

I love to promote achievements and stories of conscientious businesses, organizations and professionals. 

 My writing expertise has benefited entrepreneurs, builders, artists, planners, designers, health care   

 providers, government, nonprofits and others.

 

 The talent I have for putting art in business and organization writing comes from lifelong creative   writing. I am a published poet and teach and edit creative writing for adults.

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Writing -  Hamline University, Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with honors - University of Iowa

   - semester in London analyzing British steel industry during labor strike

   - semester in Washington, DC, as Washington Star  transit writer

 

Professional Experience

Writer and editor for businesses, nonprofits, academics, creatives and media - 30+ years to present

           Specializing in marketing and strategy, community building, health, government

 

Staff marketer, strategist and project manager - 11 years

          for the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program

          - Creating newsletters, web content, white papers, grant applications

          - Leading strategy groups; managing multi-million-dollar budgets 

          - Focusing on business rehab, housing, schools, the arts, community building

 

Creative writing teacher - 15 years to present

         - Teaching "Creating a Writing Life" for adults to write poetry, fiction and  memoir  

          

Youth journalism teacher - 5 years 

         - Teaching after-school newspaper making and creative writing in Minneapolis 

 

Curator of When Writing Meets Art, literary readings in art spaces - 7 years to present

 

Poet published in the following literary journals

         Between The Lakes, Main Channel Voices, Minnesota Poetry Calendar,

         rock, paper, scissors,  Southwest Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal,

         and the Nodin Poetry Anthology of Minnesota poets  

 

Business Clients 

Allina Health - medical records proofing

Dewdrop Massage - blog writing  

Diamond Cut Homes, remodeling contractor - website content 

Elm Grove Enterprises - grant writing 

ETR (Education, Training & Research) - data collection for teen-pregnancy prevention curriculum

Harweyn, nonprofit for Somalia relief and reconstruction  - website content (harweyn.org)

Heightened Performance, workplace wellness consultant - web design and content
Hope Center Adult Daycare - website design and content (hcadultdaycare.wixsite.com/mysite)

Innovative Court Reporters - deposition transcripts proofing

Love That Pillow, home accessories - website content and business coaching

Mindscapes Unlimited, business/life coaching - media releases and website content

Nine Cloud Healing - website content

Ostrowski Insurance Agency - brochure content

Our Community Food Projects, food garden management - newsletters

Red Sea Shares: The Djibouti American Connection - website design and content

River Market Community Co-op - newsletter articles (pro bono)

Solution Enhance, radon mitigation - website content

Studio St. Croix, coaching services - marketing writing and business coaching

Target Corporation - editing engineers' reports on store reconstruction

United Media Group  digital advertising devices - newsletter and marketing writing

University of Minnesota - newsletters for academic advising center

Editor and co-writer of book manuscripts, including memoir, poetry, and investment strategy

 - The Victory Daughter, memoir, co-writer and editor for author Laura Scott

    Published in 2019, available on Amazon for $9.95

 - Always Birds, poetry collection, editor for author Elizabeth Paxon

   Published in 2019, available from redbirdchapbooks.com for $12

 - A Prayer for Ducks, poetry collection, editor for author Ethan Joella

   Published in 2019, available from redbirdchapbooks.com for $12

 

Plus coaching and editing for numerous individual creative writers

Media Clients

Stillwater Gazette, MN - business columnist and current literary page curator and editor

Minnesota Monthly - business-environment partnership articles

Minnesota Parent - family articles 

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine - editing, writing, research on the hospitality industry

Peterborough Evening Telegraph, England - articles on the steel making industry

Southwest Journal, Minneapolis - articles on education, community planning and the arts

Twin Cities Business Monthly - articles on various business issues

 

Media Employers

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, greater Los Angeles - staff writer, 5 years

LA Parent - staff assistant editor and writer, 1 year

The Star News, greater San Diego - staff writer covering city planning, 2 years

Duluth News-Tribune, MN - intern staff writer covering business and community

Warwick Beacon, RI - intern staff writer covering real estate industry

Volunteer Experience

The Zephyr Theatre Board of Trustees - current (stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org)

Family Tree Clinic editor and patient counselor 

Neighborhood Block Leader - current, event planning and newsletter writing

River Market Community Co-op Board of Directors 

FamilyMeans - newsletter writing

St. Croix Valley Athletic Association - assistant coach

Global Volunteers - housing construction

The Family Partnership - research, creative writing group facilitator

 

Awards

  • Society of Professional Journalists

  • Press Club of Southern California

         First Place in news writing

  • Harte-Hanks Newspapers

         for articles on business, legal affairs, and in-depth and investigative writing

  • Outstanding Young Woman of America

         nominated by Congressional representative

Conducted the Minnesota Orchestra

at age 13

As a student in a youth conducting class

I conducted the first movements of 

Schubert's “Symphony No. 8 in B Minor" and

Mozart's “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.”

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   Give back your heart / to itself, to the stranger / who has loved you / all your life

   - Derek Walcott, poet