Welcome! My name is Clarice Dankers, and I am happy you have found your way to my website.
One of the things I love most about being a freelance writer and copy editor is that I learn so much from my clients! Every day is different and brings new challenges and rewards.
Another thing is that my clients are change agents, which means they are passionate about making a difference in some way. I love helping them tell the story of their knowledge, skills, products and services in a form that connects deeply with the people who need their solutions.
Life before Story MentorI was born with a passion for learning about–and communicating with–people from other cultures. This led to a BA in German and French, an MA in Linguistics, and 8 years teaching English as a second language in places like Mexico City, Kabul, Afghanistan (Peace Corps Volunteer) and Portland, Oregon. Then I decided to try something new: working in marketing for high tech corporations. This greatly expanded my computer skills and knowledge about marketing and sales. After 8 years of experience writing and editing press releases, business letters, marketing materials and major proposals, I decided to return to school for an MA in Writing with an emphasis on Publishing. During this time, I also taught writing composition courses to undergraduates. I started Story Mentor after graduating in 2004.
How would I describe myself?
First, I am a communicator. I love languages of all kinds–both their poetic and their technical aspects. I love the music of the written word and its almost magical ability to stimulate learning, healing and creativity. I even love English grammar!
Second, I am an extroverted introvert. I love travelling to foreign countries, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures. But I’m not interested in being the life of the party or performing in front of a crowd. I much prefer to ask questions, listen carefully, think deeply and come up with practical solutions that work.
Above all, I am a lifelong learner. In fact, self-empowerment through learning is the WHY behind everything I do–whether this means formal academic education, participating in an online webinar, or just picking up a how to book and doing it. Although my propensity to collect information, tools and techniques can sometimes be overwhelming (!), I love knowing there is always more to learn, accomplish and share.