Writing & Editing Portfolio

My name is Tricia Spicer Bekey. I'm an experienced writer and editor who can help your company create useful documentation that gets results. Throughout my career, I have pursued a broad range of writing and editing experience so that I could be a highly productive and useful team member.

These are the skills that I would bring to your company:

I'm currently seeking a permanent position in the Seattle area and am also open to working remotely. Please contact me at [Click to reveal email address] to discuss how I can help your company meet its documentation goals.


Resume

My Resume (HTML)  My Resume (PDF)  For privacy reasons, this version of my resume does not have my phone number or street address. For a resume with complete contact information, please email me at [Click to reveal email address]Top


Web Projects

This Website—TrishTales.com (Writing, Graphics, Web Design, HTML, CSS, & CMS Sample)

Created for: Myself
Purpose: Showcase my creative projects.
My Contribution: I wrote the content, coded the HTML and CSS, and created the graphics. The most popular feature is Action Figure Diary, a photo-comic. Action Figure Diary uses the Nucleus content management system, which I customized. This comic gets approximately 10,000 visitors a month and traffic increases every month. For an overview of this site, visit the site mapTop

Website of Leann Rayfuse (Web Design, HTML, CSS, & CMS Sample)

Sample: View the Leann Rayfuse Home page (JPG)   View the Leann Rayfuse Sessions page (JPG)
Created for: Leann Rayfuse, freelance client
Purpose: Market the services of Leann Rayfuse, holistic counselor and coach, with a website that she could update herself.
My Contribution: I designed the website, built it in the Nucleus content management system, and configured separate accounts for editing content and administrating major functions. This allowed the client to write and edit her text without affecting navigation or layout.  Top

MissionWise Website (Web Writing & Editing Sample)

Sample: View the MissionWise Home page (JPG)  View the MissionWise Consulting page (JPG)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Sell the services of a new business-development division.
My Contribution: I worked closely with principals to determine their audience and message, wrote most of the copy, edited the work of others, and made edits in the DotNetNuke content management system. I also wrote online help for the members-only featuresTop

Chill Website (Web Writing & Editing Sample)

Sample: View the Chill Home page (JPG)  View the Chill Learn More page (PDF)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Sell the Chill series on teen stress management.
My Contribution: I worked closely with salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote most of the copy, edited the work of others, and made online edits in the DotNetNuke content management system.  Top

Seattle Great Date Website (Writing, Web Design, HTML, & CSS Sample)

Note: I'm using screen shots because Seattle Great Date closed and an adult website purchased the domain name. I have NO affiliation with the current site, which is not work-safe.

Sample: View the Seattle Great Date Home page (JPG)  View the Seattle Great Date Special Offers page (JPG)
Created for: Seattle Great Date
Purpose: Create a simple website that the client could use to announce speed-dating events and process customer sign-ups.
My Contribution: I wrote the copy, designed the layout, and coded the HTML and CSS. I also created five sign-up forms and configured a Perl script called FormMail to process them. When the website was complete, I recruited subjects to do usability testing in a variety of browsers.  Top


Technical Projects

Confidentiality agreements prohibit me from using most of my work in my portfolio. These are the only samples that I have legal permission to share.

User Guide for In-House XML Editor (Writing & XML Sample)

Sample: View the XMetaL Markup Guide (PDF)
Created for: Microsoft (contracted through Volt)
Purpose: Revise the user guide for the in-house XML editor to help editorial staff learn how to use it to create and revise help topics.
My Contribution: Since the original guide was written for developers, I created a new guide with my supervisor's consent. I wrote the new guide to fit the editorial staff's production needs and XML experience level, and revised it in response to feedback. This user guide received glowing reviews and was added to the team's style guide.  Top

Quick Reference Guide for In-House XML Editor (Writing & XML Sample)

Sample: View XMetaL for Editors (PDF)
Created for: Microsoft (contracted through Volt)
Purpose: Create a two-page quick reference guide to help editorial staff use the in-house XML editor to create and revise help topics.
My Contribution: While writing the user guide for the in-house XML editor, I realized that a two-page quick reference guide would be very useful for the editorial staff. I documented their most common XML challenges, wrote the guide, and revised it in response to feedback. This quick reference guide was very well received and most of the editors kept it near their computers.  Top

MissionWise Help File (Writing Sample)

Sample: View the MissionWise Help File (PDF)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Respond to customer complaints by creating a help file that taught visitors how to use the features in the members-only sections of the MissionWise website.
My Contribution: With the help file I wrote, members can click the help link next to a feature and see user-friendly instructions for that feature. (I'm using a PDF because access to this portion of the MissionWise website requires a login.)  Top

Captaris Speech Manual, Chapter 3 (Editing & Microsoft Word Sample)

Sample: View the Tracked Changes Version of Ch. 3 (PDF)
Created for: Bellevue Community College Technical Writing program, Software Documentation class
Purpose: Give the instructions a clear, concise style.
My Contribution: I edited this chapter and reformatted it in Microsoft Word. For more information, you can view my analysis of the chapter's problems (PDF) or view the original, unedited version of the chapter (PDF)Top

VCR Manual Documentation Plan (Documentation Plan & Adobe FrameMaker Sample)

Sample: View the VCR Manual Documentation Plan (PDF)
Created for: Bellevue Community College Technical Writing program, Project Management class
Purpose: Choose a manual from a product at home and reverse-engineer the documentation plan.
My Contribution: I wrote and edited this documentation plan, and then redesigned it in Adobe FrameMaker for my portfolio.  Top

Security Problems White Paper (Editing & Microsoft Word Sample)

Sample: View the Tracked Changes Version of the White Paper (PDF)
Created for: Bellevue Community College Technical Writing program, Proofreading and Editing class
Purpose: Find a white paper on the Internet, analyze its problems, and edit it.
My Contribution: I edited this white paper and reformatted it in Microsoft Word. For more information, you can view my analysis of the white paper's problems (PDF) or view the original, unedited white paper (PDF)Top


Marketing Projects

Early Childhood Product Brochure (Writing Sample)

Sample: View the Early Childhood Product Brochure (PDF)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Create a brochure that tied three products together as training and continuing education materials for early childhood professionals.
My Contribution: I worked closely with our salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote the brochure, and revised it in response to feedback.  Top

K-12 Product Brochure (Writing Sample)

Sample: View the K-12 Product Brochure (PDF)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Create a brochure that tied three products together under the umbrella of school wellness policies.
My Contribution: I worked closely with our salespeople to determine the audience and goals, wrote the brochure, and revised it in response to feedback.  Top

Outcomes Newsletter (Editing Sample)

Sample: View the Tracked Changes Version of Outcomes (PDF)
Created for: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Purpose: Increase the credibility of an early childhood product by publishing the results of our customer surveys on the product's effectiveness.
My Contribution: I edited this newsletter in accordance with the organization's goals and standards. View the Published Version of Outcomes (PDF)Top