Writer. Connector. Social media manager. Amateur cat wrangler. Pop culture addict.
Connecting the nouns.*
*people, places and things
Connection is an integral part of what I do. Through my work as a social media manager, I connect people to the tools they need to build and maintain their online presence. Through my writing, I connect people to stories about the world around them, be they real or imagined. Through my role as founder and editor in chief of Paper Bag Writers, I connect people to an innovative way to share stories, poems and essays.
The Three C's of Corinne
My biography in three parts.
Born in the Washington D.C. suburbs, Corinne graduated with honors from Takoma Academy and received a B.A. in English and Communications from George Washington University. Her early career in the D.C. area focused on health communications, with an emphasis in call center training and management. Clients included the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Institutes of Health and the Food & Drug Administration. In 2000, Corinne moved to California and worked in magazine publishing for PRIMEDIA and Canon Communications in the Los Angeles area. In 2008 she transitioned into public relations and worked with several Web 2.0 clients at The Bohle Company. Corinne relocated to Sacramento in 2010, where she writes articles and features for
and other publications. She also provides marketing & communications support to individuals, nonprofit organizations, private industry and small businesses. Corinne's areas of expertise include: social media strategy and support social media training public relations strategy feature writing copywriting technical writing copyediting
Corinne's flash fiction piece "The Last Word" received First Prize in the 2012 California Writers Club of Sacramento Short Short Fiction Contest. Her short story "What the Beautiful Girls Do" was published by In the Snake in March 2012. She is currently at work on a novel.
Corinne's poetry has been published in four anthologies:
730 Sunsets, Soul of the Narrator IV,
The Inker's House.
Paper Bag Writers
In October 2013, Corinne founded Paper Bag Writers, an online literary project devoted to curating and sharing stories, poems and essays handwritten on brown paper lunch bags.
In 2011 Corinne founded ExploreSacto. Through sharing information via social media channels, ExploreSacto encourages Northern California residents and visitors to explore all the greater Sacramento area has to offer in food, entertainment, shopping, home and business services, volunteerism and more. Corinne works and volunteers with 916 Ink, a Sacramento nonprofit that aims to improve youth literacy through getting kids into writing. In the spring of 2013, Corinne was co-leader at 916 Ink's 12-week program at the Salvation Army. While there she worked with fourth- and fifth-graders on writing stories and poems for
The Inker's House
Social Media Management
Social media can be overwhelming. I'm here to help.
I've heard many published authors express their frustration with the Internet. Whether it's building a website or creating social media accounts, it's time that isn't spent finishing their latest story. And it's hard to see the value of something that is intangible. But more and more, authors are hearing from their agents and publishers that if they expect their book(s) to sell, they are going to have to create a social media platform to promote their work. That's where I come in. Whether you are self-published, working with a small publishing house or literary agent, or already published, I can help you build your social media platform.
My goal is to make it possible for you to maintain your social media presence in as little as one hour per week.
Yes, you read that correctly. We'll work together to set up the tools to make it easy for you to check in on your social media accounts, write posts/tweets, and connect with fans and followers. I offer the following services: Creation and maintenance of social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter Social media integration on Amazon Author profiles, Goodreads, websites* Hands-on training Social media campaign development Social media strategy
Contact me for a free initial consultation.
For Small Business Owners
You set up a Facebook Page for your business. You created a Twitter account. Now what? Engaging your customers on social media requires finesse. Great customer service is just as important online as it is in person. Whether you're in need of some advice on what to post and when, or you've got a big event coming up and you need help promoting it, give me a shout. I offer the following services: Assessment of current social media platform Social media campaign development Social media strategy
Contact me for a free initial consultation.
For Nonprofits and Advocacy Groups
Social media is an excellent way to build awareness of your organization. Whether you're raising money or recruiting volunteers, knowing how to make the most of social media channels is helpful. I have created successful social media campaigns for advocacy groups and nonprofit organizations. I can work independently or with your team to write and post well-crafted, informative content across social media accounts, as well as train you and your staff on how to use social media to promote your cause. I offer the following services: Creation and maintenance of social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter Social media integration on websites* Hands-on training Social media campaign development Social media strategy
Contact me for a free initial consultation.
Upcoming workshops on social media, website development, and building your platform.
To Be Announced
A sampling of my freelance articles and features.
"Hitting the mother lode."
, October 2013. "Room for creativity."
, October 2013. "Catch a rising star."
, September 2013. "Disney dreams."
, September 2013. "EDH TC from A to Z."
, September 2013. "Midtown on foot."
, August 2013. "Robots that teach."
, August 2013. "The rose garden by the numbers,"
, July 2013. "A place for makers, not takers,"
, June 2013. "Unsolved mysteries,"
, April 2013. "Turn up the radio,"
, March 2013. "A kinder, gentler nacho cheese sauce,"
, January 2013.
"She’s got the voice,"
, December 2012. "Art that’s pedestrian, not boring,"
, December 2012. "Passion on wheels,"
, November 2012. Contributor, Best of Sacramento (special feature),
, November 2012. "Who owns the road?",
, November 2012. "They love coworking (and each other),"
, October 2012. "Play that funky music, robot,"
, October 2012. "Say ‘Cheese’,"
, October 2012. "Woodshop on wheels,"
, September 2012. "Author, author,"
, September 2012. "Sacramento’s Angry Birds expert,"
, August 2012. "For whom the bell tolls,"
, July 2012. "Wisdom of the crowd,"
, July 2012. "Hey, I’m walking here!",
, July 2012. "The written word,"
, May 2012. "Sacramento’s prince of parking,"
, April 2012. "The salary report: who earns what,"
, March 2012. "The downtown dilemma,"
, February 2012. "Roller derby roars back,"
, February 2012. "The new normal?",
, January 2012.
"Never on a Monday,"
, December 2011. "Highway 50 East meets West,"
, December 2011. "Car versus bike,"
, November 2011. Contributor, Best of Sacramento (special feature),
, November 2011. "Adult recess,"
, October 2011. "Stoopid sp3ling5,"
, September 2011. "Where the Twitter elite meet to tweet,"
, September 2011.
What clients are saying about my work.
Corinne, thank you so much for helping me manage the maze that is social media so that I can focus on writing. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to have someone with your expertise handling such an important aspect of my marketing strategy. -
Jo Chandler, Author
Corinne has been a valuable resource for me in launching my first novel. I couldn’t have done it without her! She created a new blog book page and Facebook author page for me, linking them across all social media platforms. She’s fast and efficient and explains each step as she works her magic, helping me to be more self-sufficient. I highly recommend her!
- Linda Townsdin, author of
Focused on Murder, A Spirit Lake Mystery
Thoroughly enjoyed working with Corinne and we would highly recommend her! Corinne handled set-up and implementation of our multiple business social media outlets, plus public relations outreach. Creative ideas and great writing really helped build our audience. Corinne also worked with us on a nonprofit advocacy group devoted to saving open space. Her insights were so valuable in helping us through tough outreach campaigns.
- P. Haddad, Owner, Garden Kids
We hired Corinne to create a social media and email campaign for a 24 hour fundraising challenge…and we more than tripled our fundraising goal! Her easy-to-use tools and tutorials helped our team rise to the challenge. We attribute our success to her professionalism, creativity, and attention to detail; Corinne's dedication to this project made all the difference.
- Katie McCleary, Executive Director, 916 Ink
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Why I write.
"Tell Me a Story"
I was riding the bus home from school when Toussaint Hammie, the class clown and all-around pain in the ass, said to me, “Tell me a story, Corry.” At the age of thirteen I was used to hearing my nickname used as the butt of various jokes. But Toussaint’s alliteration was mildly annoying – and, in truth, quite accurate. Because ever since I could talk, I have been telling stories. An early reader, I would read aloud to my younger friends, asking “Do you want that regular, or with expression?” I read anything with words on it. And when I grew tired of reading others’ stories, I started making up my own. I still remember the day I told an adult about the novel I was writing. “I’ve finished the prologue, and I’m almost done with Chapter 1,” I said, and as soon as the words left my mouth I noticed the woman was smiling at me the same way my grandmother would when she thought I was being particularly precocious. I was humiliated. I took my writing very seriously, but this woman’s response suggested to me that no one else ever would. A kid who saw herself as a writer was difficult to validate, much less manage. As I grew up, I took on different roles that lead to more financially viable career choices, but I never stopped telling stories, even if it was only to myself. In 2009 my mother died, and my self-imposed burden to be the child with the steady job and good benefits package was lifted. What was left was the desire to create. Attending a writers’ workshop in the fall of 2010 was a magical experience: for the first time, I felt high on words and ideas. The creative energy was palpable, pulsating, and some of it must have stuck to the bottom of my shoe because since then I have been writing more than ever. I am inspired by everything. Big cities and small towns. The mystical and the mundane. Lines from books, movies, and television shows. Song lyrics, poems, and news articles. A story overheard accidentally on purpose. Friends’ Facebook status updates and tweets written by celebrities. Oceans and rivers and bottles of Evian. Drunken conversations at two a.m. with lovers and strangers. I cannot predict when inspiration will strike, but I know it is out there, just waiting for me, the same way that all these characters lingering in notebooks and computer files stand around, waiting for their turn to jump onto the page and become as real as ink and paper will allow. Someone once challenged me to write a six-word autobiography. I came up with:
I believe in a magical universe
That belief is what propels me forward, not only as a writer, but as a human being. Because I don’t ever want to live in a world where there isn’t a possibility that a wardrobe will offer passage to a distant land, or a rabbit hole will take me to Wonderland. If I write my own imaginings, create my own worlds, I am doing my part to ensure the existence of other creations. If I encourage others to share their stories, again, I’m contributing to the creative cause. And when a crisis of creativity has me thinking my pen won’t glean my teeming brain, as Keats once wrote, or that I need to find a career much more financially lucrative, I only need to slow my mind and listen to that tiny voice that tells me, every minute of every hour, “Just keep writing.” I am finally earning a living as a writer and every day I strive to overcome that fear of not being taken seriously. What I am finding is that as I embrace the writing life more and more, how I am perceived by others becomes less important. But in those moments when I am craving recognition as a writer and storyteller, I only need to remember Toussaint’s request to be told a story, and I have all the validation I need.
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