While my current writing projects include college profiles, freelance projects, and a novel, I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember.
I wrote my first newspaper in elementary school and kept journals through high school (which my clever mother saved and handed over just as my own daughter reached teenhood). A undergraduate degree in English from Wake Forest University led to a grand adventure bartending and nannying in Europe for a year, where I found enough material to fill two more journals.
A Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland followed. In the ensuing years I delved into a wide range of social service, K-12 and higher education issues as a budget committee staffer in the Maryland General Assembly. Next stop was Montgomery College, where I worked in the President’s Office on government relations and strategic communications.
Writing has been an central part of every step of my career. I’ve drafted policy reports, testimony for college presidents and advocacy plans, including one that led to a major campus expansion. My portfolio includes speechwriting, from inaugural addresses to “State of the College” remarks. I’ve assisted presidents with opinion pieces and blog posts.
Two of my proudest efforts: working with students to hone their own amazing stories and become advocates, and this New York Times story on the community college/real college divide. The emails and comments from community colleges students across the country blew me away. It was a potent reminder that all people–no matter their backgrounds or stories–want to be seen, heard, and valued. Dr. Jill Biden called the piece “a must read.”
My freelance work has appeared in Your Teen for Parents Magazine, The New York Times,The Washington Post, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, McSweeney’s, Barrelhouse, Grown and Flown, Scary Mommy and Bethesda Magazine, and has led to guest appearances on WBAL’s morning show.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve just completed THE GATES, a fractured fairytale of a novel that takes on college admissions pressure and economic inequity. But don’t worry, it’s not all serious — imagine a Liane Moriarty version of THE MERE WIFE and you’re in the neighborhood.
And yes, I’m still doing client work, including writing donor profiles, alumni magazine cover stories, and press releases. If you need an article, opinion piece, or speech that tells a story and make connections, I can help.
To talk writing, please contact me at Kristin@KristinOKeefe.com. To read the blog, please sign up here. I can’t wait to connect.