I'm Deborah Beckwin Content Marketing Writer
If you have a moment, take a short drive down my professional memory lane. Like most people in the 21st century, my road to becoming a content marketing writer was a twisty, windy, and uncertain path. But it helped me to focus on the niches that matter to me: healthcare, behavioral and mental health, and science/technology.
Starting My Journey with a Big Husky PencilI truly fell in love with writing in 1st grade. In class, we had time set aside to journal about our feelings. I wrote down my thoughts in a five-subject spiral notebook and a big, green Husky pencil (I’m aging myself here!). I’d draw pictures that went along with my thoughts. My journal became my happy and safe place where I could truly be myself.
Taking a Spin Down Dream DriveWhen I was about 10 years old, I was already an avid reader. My home was crammed full of books of all sorts—it was like living in a library! I also often went to the local library and the school library. So naturally, I had dreamed of becoming a writer. In my head, I had it all planned out. I’d be all grown up at my desk, sitting in my sunny home office in my PJs, pecking out my latest novel on a typewriter (aging myself again!), drinking a steaming hot cup of coffee. But I didn’t think it was practical. I talked myself out of pursuing writing and looked for a profession where I felt I could help people and have some guaranteed income.
Merging Onto the Medicine MotorwaySo after abandoning writing, I chose to pursue a career in medicine. I really wanted to be a psychiatrist because I was fascinated with sleep. I wanted to run a sleep lab. But, surprisingly, my parents, both medical professionals, had strongly advised me against it. They thought practicing medicine was a hassle in the 1990s. But, stubborn as I was, I paid them no mind. I was going to follow my dreams! So I went to the University of Chicago, majoring in psychology and taking pre-med classes (which I didn’t finish). It took about 15 years for me to discover that they were right about medicine...
Taking a Little Tour on Social Work StreetAfter I graduated from college, I was a social worker in Chicago, working with people who had a history of homelessness, severe mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. As much as I loved serving “the least of these” and making a difference in my community, it was also unbearably heartbreaking -- and it didn’t pay that well.
A Long Sojourn in the Ivory TowerI still really wanted to be a psychiatrist, so I started working at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Our group researched children and youth who were in the child welfare system and how they were doing with their mental health. I loved what I was learning and the connections I made. Could I really become a psychiatrist and help kids like the ones I learn about through our research?
One Last Loop on Pre-Med ParkwayDuring my time at Northwestern, I gave pre-med classes one last college try and found, after one quarter of getting C’s, this dream of becoming a doctor finally needed to be laid to rest. Even though this was necessary, I was devastated. I was working in a medical school, seeing all these white coats float around campus. So it took awhile for me to really leave this dream behind. But what would I choose instead?
A Right Turn Onto Creative Writing HighwaySo after about a year of pondering and researching what new journey I needed to embark on, I thought back to that old dream of mine: me at my typewriter, writing a book. Writing was the old yet new dream. While I was still working at Northwestern, I took a couple of English classes and fell in love with writing again. Then I enrolled in a certificate program that prepared me for a graduate creative writing program. I applied to 10 programs across the country and received an offer for a fellowship at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. A dream was about to be realized!
Scenic Stop at Thesis OverpassMy thesis was a memoir of my life, growing up with parents that migrated from Ghana, West Africa, and our familial experience of trying to acculturate to American culture. It was the hardest – and most satisfying – thing I had ever accomplished. I learned so much about myself, my family, and my ancestral roots.
Asking for Directions on the Grant Writing AutobahnEven while I was in grad school, I knew that I wanted to do more than write books. I wanted to make a difference in my community. How could I marry my love for writing with my deep-seated desire to make the world a better place? It started by becoming a grant writer and editor for various non-profit organizations. Then I had a unique experience doing some freelance work for a small business who served research institutions. But once the project was done, I needed to find a new way to support myself and serve others.
A Detour Down Adjunct AlleyWith my newly minted MFA in Creative Writing, I thought I’d give teaching a shot. I taught English Composition at a local college as an adjunct English professor. I also enjoyed teaching, but in many ways, it was just like social work. You're underpaid, you're overworked, and you feel like you can never do enough to make a difference.
Cruising Down Big Dog BoulevardAfter I was done with being a professor, I went right back to where I had just graduated—the University of Central Florida. I was a technical writer, writing about amazing technologies and inventions and interviewing researchers. Then I decided to spread my wings at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, writing safety documentation and manuals. But something was still missing.
Destination Reached (For Now…)I spread my wings again and went into business for myself and I discovered something important. In working personally with growing and established businesses, I could see the difference it made in their lives and how it directly and positively impacted their communities. As their businesses grew, they employ more people in their community, causing a ripple effect. And I want to help you do the same. If you're the mental health, healthcare, or STEM fields--I want to support you in your efforts to innovate, help others, and expand minds. Let me help you on your journey.
What People Are Saying:
Deborah provides excellent value for the money. She adjusts quickly to changes in strategy and timing, a crucial skill when working with social media. Her professionalism and positive attitude make her easy to work with, and she's always up for a challenge. Deborah is hard-working and fast at picking up new skills and methods. I highly recommend her.
A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing
I really enjoy working with Deborah. The content that she writes for me is exactly what I need. She is able to take my outlines and ideas and transform them into full-fledged stories. I appreciated how she is deadline-focused and has excellent project management skills — I never have to worry about the timeliness of her work. She is a great collaborator and I look forward to working with Deborah in the future.
Lindsay Kirsch Learning & Performance
I had the pleasure to work with Deborah when I was the marketing director for UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization. She is a true professional and really hit the mark for our blogs. I would highly recommend her for any project or freelance opportunity.
CKS Marketing Communications
Deborah did some editing work for Camp Jorn YMCA when we were updating our bylaws. It was above and beyond what we were asking for, both in speed and in quality. We hope to work with Deborah again in the future. She does excellent work!
Camp Jorn YMCA
Deb is a constant companion for entrepreneurs and businesses at all levels. Not only does she strive to exceed the expectations of her clients, but she is constantly pushing herself to learn more–on her own dime and time. I'm always happy to recommend Deb, because she is timely, collaborative, and a great source of business advice. If you need content or writing services, don't hesitate to contact her!
As an entrepreneur, I was struggling to get to find time to do everything, and my and unfortunately my content development and blog writing continued to get deprioritized. But working with Deborah, I had assurance that my content would see the light of day! I was able to have more time to focus on my business and not get distracted with other tasks. If you're a busy business owner who needs assistance with their content development, I highly recommend working with Deborah.
We Inspire We
Writing your own bio is not easy! Luckily, I had Deborah to help me with mine, and she made it a breeze. Not only was it done quickly and written to match all the specifications I needed, but she was also patient, intuitive and didn’t make me feel like I was being to picky or critical when I was choosing what to include in my bio. Deborah is a fantastic writer and a fantastic person to work with — I’m excited to do so again!
Author and Astrologer
Deborah is such a talented writer and composer. I love how she was able to capture my vision well, using the information I sent her. I highly recommend working with Deborah and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Dr. LaReesa Dukes
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