Objective

To share my enthusiasm for language and communication, including journalism, literature and the art of writing. “Writing is both mask and unveiling.” E.B. White

Education

M.F.A. Creative Writing. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

B.S. Journalism. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Skills

Reporting strengths that are foundational to journalism and to writing in general. These include tenacity, productivity, ethics and enthusiasm as well as the ability to grasp new information, remember important  details, seek accuracy and establish rapport with sources. 

Prose that other professionals have described as lyrical and dependable. From experience and trial, I have developed vocabulary and style sense, and I can write a laudable sentence, article or story. But can we agree there is still the challenge to do better? I am humbled by the quest for narrative voice, character development, rich dialogue and succinct, yet significant, description. I work for victory.

Work Experience

Freelance writing and editing for publications and organizations such as Virginia Business, Tidewater Parent, Portfolio, Collector, Toy Trader, Business Weekly, Newcomer, LifeNet Health, Virginia Natural Gas, Tidewater Builders Association and Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. 

 

1989 to present

 

Staff writer for business magazine Georgia Trend, Atlanta, GA, with an emphasis on cover stories, personality profiles and real estate.

 

1988

 

Award-winning staff writer for the Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, VA, with duties ranging from Suffolk city hall coverage to a fire safety investigation at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, plus profiles, features, offbeat weekend events and in-depth coverage of a murder trial.

 

1983-1988

 

Staff writer reporting on government, courts, education and events for daily newspapers the Times-Herald, (now the Daily Press, Newport News, VA), Martinsville Bulletin (Martinsville, VA) and Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, FL), also weeklies Oviedo Times and the UCF Future.

 

1976-1983


Publications

Alimentum Journal, contributor: short fiction (print) 2010

Barely South Review, contributor: interviews, blog (digital) 2012-2016

4Mothers newsletter, founder: columns and article selection (print) 1995-2002


Teaching Experience

Writers in Community, Norfolk, VA 

Produced or participated in poetry, creative writing and memoir workshops 

at secondary schools and public libraries, with some past one-on-one 

mentorships including at-risk youth at Park Place Child Life Center.    

 

2010 - Present

 

Workshops

Since writers learn from each other, my M.F.A. program entailed three years of constant 

workshops to build our theses. More recently, I attended the coveted Tin House Magazine

Winter Workshop (Portland, OR) to contribute to novel reviews and to workshop with 

writers, book editors, magazine publishers and published authors.    

   

2009-2016

 

Living Waters of the World, on site in Kenya and Nicaragua

Taught germ theory, hygiene and use of clean water as part of filtration system 

installations in several villages. Also trained and equipped local leaders to teach 

water use guidelines. Established elementary classroom training models and arranged 

community celebrations as clean water supplies were initiated.        

 

2008-2012

 

First Presbyterian Church Preschool, Norfolk, VA

Classroom teacher for children aged two, four and five. Stressed literacy and storytelling.


2001-2006

 

W. H. Taylor Elementary School, Norfolk, VA

Organized a monthly student newspaper which was created by third,

fourth and fifth graders. Encouraged literacy as a teaching assistant in reading

programs for first graders.          

 1997-2002  

Affiliations/Memberships

Board member, LitFriends of the ODU Creative Writing Program, Norfolk, Va, an alumni group with fundraising duties

2013 to present

Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, VA 2001-2007

Member, National Association of Independent Writers (NAIWE)

2016


Referrals

Available on request. Written reviews include: “The short story by Ann Barry Burrows, ‘Long at Table,’ alone is worth the price of admission.” (kitchentangents.com) and “Ann Barry did a good job of providing balance in a controversy.” (Pilot and Ledger Review)