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My Writing Journey | by Warren Goldie

Iwas born in Brooklyn, New York, moving with my family to a suburb of Baltimore when I was six, excited to make the cultural shift from a Seinfeld-esque neighborhood near Flatbush Avenue to a subdivision of ranch and split level homes—and schools with real grass baseball diamonds rather than cracked cement playgrounds. Though I left New York as only a second grader, my formative years there bred an open-mindedness, communality, and intellectual curiosity that I like to think has stuck with me through the years.

I’ve been fortunate to have worked in many industries. In Los Angeles, I was a screenplay analyst for Hollywood production companies and a publications editor at the Shoah Foundation, a digital archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies headquartered on the Universal Studios backlot, which was founded by Steven Spielberg. I ghostwrote articles for Spielberg that were published in the newsletter, Past Forward. My mother, herself a survivor of Auschwitz, contributed her account to the project.

In business writing, I focus mostly on B2B (business-to-business) copywriting, content production and marketing. At FoodChain ID, I wrote and produced websites and participated in marketing campaigns that contributed to years of record growth. I’ve written extensively about SaaS (software as a service), and have contracted with many organizations including K12, U.S. Department of Energy, eFax, Ideal Energy and Voice of America. I was a senior writer at IBM’s go-to marketing agency, Leopard Communications. I’ve successfully “marketed spirituality” (which takes a deft touch) at the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, Interface Foundation and Maharishi International University, all leaders in mind-body-spirit education.

In B2C (business-to-consumer) marketing communications, I worked at CyberMedia, whose PC antivirus software dominated an industry. TI Tomorrow, an intranet that I edited and cowrote for Texas Instruments, was a finalist for the Smithsonian Innovation award. I’ve written scripts for training videos, documentaries and museum kiosks. As a creative writer, my novel Waking Maya is well reviewed on Amazon and was Book of the Month at BookReview.com.

My writing journey has taken me on two seemingly divergent paths: the first, into the business and education worlds where I work to satisfy client or employer. The second follows the trail of the storyteller who seeks to discover, explore and dramatize life truths in stories that aim to move audiences. These seemingly different paths can and do inform each other. I’ve used more than a few “fiction” writing techniques in my marketing writing. But, trust me, that’s a good thing…

If you have a project that you think would be a fit for my skills and background, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

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