JOAN  MERRIAM

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

EDITING & COPY-EDITING

As a freelance writer for over two decades, my extensive experience in both editing and copy-editing can help guide your work as a writer or creative consultant, and insure that your words and the meaning behind them have the power and impact you need.  I have experience in editing fiction and nonfiction creative projects; pieces for business, trade, and professional publications; and articles for academic journals.

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING

Helping nonprofit organizations and small businesses grow and succeed in the challenging environment of the 21st century is my passion. I’ve been in the trenches as a businesswoman as well as a nonprofit leader, so I know that this work is about much more than work: it's about making a difference.  That’s where I come in: making sure your community understands the importance of your work—not just what you do, but why it matters.

 

SIERRA  COLLEGE

I began my teaching career at Sierra College—a California community college with its main campus in Rocklin, about 15 miles east of Sacramento—in January of 1995. 

 

I started off  in the college's Business Department teaching courses in business communications. Soon, I moved into the Communication Studies Department, where I've taught a variety of courses including public speaking, group communications, intercultural and interpersonal communications, and mass media.

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A year after joining the college, I began teaching at Sierra's just-completed Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley, a small community in the foothills of California's western Sierra Nevada mountains.