Debora Schwartz, copy editor, content editor, technical editor, proofreader

Member of the Northwest Editors Guild and
The American Copy Editors Society

At age seventeen, Debora visited Seattle for the first time and immediately knew the Pacific Northwest would become her new home. The following year, she moved from her hometown of Honolulu, HI, to Olympia, WA, to attend The Evergreen State College. There she earned her BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in creative writing.

Over the next 15 years, she gained professional experience working at an organic chemical manufacturing company, a freight company, and most recently, an online marketing services company specializing in 3D visualization. At all three corporations, Debora attained varying degrees of handling technical documents whether they were Material Safety Data Sheets, documentation for transporting hazardous chemicals, or for using highly specialized software. It was at the latter employer, though, where she honed her skills and responsibilities for writing and editing how-to and training documents for its employees. There she structured and organized the company’s first wiki library and created templates to standardize internal company documents. While employed by this company, not only was she a technical writer and editor, but also a website manager, compiling and managing clients’ websites using a diverse array of software and web technologies. During her employment she also earned her Certificate in Web Technology Solutions from The University of Washington. Eventually, the company was purchased and the position as Technical Editor was phased out.

Realizing how much she enjoyed the editing process and appreciated the meaningful work it provided, she decided to make a career shift and earned her Certificate in Editing, also at The University of Washington.

Since reconnecting with her creative roots around 2015, she’s published pieces in SAIL Magazine, Haiku Journal, and Haibun Today. Simmering on the back burner is her memoir of traveling through eight states in her motorhome over nine weeks—just her and her 20-year-old tabby cat. The following year, she and her partner built a tiny home on wheels, which she now works from, and it sits in a place surrounded by forest in the shadow of Mount Baker.

When Debora is not editing or writing, she prefers to be outdoors in the woods and mountains. Backpacking, mountain biking, and traveling are the cherry on top. Usually in tow is her doted-on rat terrier mutt rescue.

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