About Vera

My 20-year career in communications includes a background in writing, editing, proofreading, and integrating text and photos to create a variety of publications. In 2012, I developed a FREE program called

Writing Triage: Quick Fixes in 30 Minutes or Less!

so people could meet with me in a private session for a brief review of their resume or writing project.

Word Choreography opened in 1999, but I became known as a writer in 1992 when I began a series of 50 articles about historic architecture for the local newspaper. In 1996, I received my first writing award for a series of articles entitled “Letters of Love.” Two years later I wrote an award-winning book called The Fredericksburg Region: A Leader in Virginia for the local Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development. Later while serving as the Chamber’s head of communications and marketing, the department received several awards for publications we created.

I earned a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College and began a master’s degree in Publishing at George Washington University. I also have an A.A.S. in Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College and a certificate in paralegal studies from Middlesex County College. I was selected to attend the Stafford County Sheriff’s Citizen Police Academy and the FBI Citizens’ Academy.

As a firm believer in lifelong learning, I attend professional development sessions related to communications, business, and marketing. I am a member of the Virginia Press Women and the Fredericksburg Public Relations Society, and have held leadership positions in both organizations. I previously served on the board of the Central Virginia Housing Coalition and the Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women held at the University of Mary Washington. I am a member of the Stafford County Historical Society and Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach.

A sampling of my services:

  • Edit and proofread documents of any length
  • Collaborate with authors to develop content
  • Reorganize, simplify, and summarize text
  • Revise for consistency, logic, and parallelism
  • Blend many voices and writing styles
  • Repurpose content for other uses
  • Coach individuals using their writing samples
  • Identify copyright issues