About

Objective: Contribute quality stories to major outlets on issue-based, historical, and other relevant topics.

Strengths: Fresh perspectives. Fairness. Readable writing. Solid research. Clean copy. Reliability. And prolific. Oh, boy. Prolific.

I recently found an old roll of adding-machine paper in the attic. On it is written, in a fourth-grader’s pencil, a tall tale (and therefore, it’s on adding-machine paper) about a boy named Tony Beaver. Hated pancakes but then loved them. ChallenMcCormicks in Arlingtonged his cousin Paul Bunyan to a griddle-skating contest. It was a tie. Grandma made pancakes for everyone, even Bunyan’s blue ox, Babe. “It was a happy occasion for everyone. THE END. By Diane McCormick.”

I swear, it was riveting literature.

From the beginning, all signs pointed to writing. They didn’t always direct me down a straight road, but here I am. Since January 2005, I have been a freelance writer. With 100 percent support from my husband, it was a walk off the cliff, from office job to sole proprietor. I just, plain had to write. How’d I survive? I learned from Wile E. Coyote. He can walk on air just fine. His mistake, every time, is looking down.

Published in:

  • Magazines: American Gas, Mobility (the Workforce Mobility Association), The Federal Credit Union (National Association of Federal Credit Unions), Pennsylvania Pursuits, Pennsylvania Physician, Wine-Spirits Quarterly, Susquehanna Style, Harrisburg, Central PA. Topics include history, natural gas distribution, travel, home style, health, personnel relocation, wine, the arts and people. For Harrisburg magazine’s experiential series “Adventure Chick,” I  handled a python, drove a Ferrari, and took pitches from a big-league pitcher.
  • News media: For TheBurg, a monthly newspaper in Harrisburg, PA, I write city issues, personality profiles, and history features. For eight years with
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    Covering a flood, in snazzy rain boots.

    Pennlive.com/Harrisburg Patriot-News, I covered municipalities and school districts, wrote breaking news and features, and published a weekly community column.

  • Business websites and newsletters: Cleveland Brothers Caterpillar, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, Early Learning Investment Commission, Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
  • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet: Write features for performance programs.

 

Before freelancing, I was vice president for communications for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, a dynamic statewide advocacy organization promoting policies that benefit kids. Before that, I was press secretary for 10 hectic, exhilarating years for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives caucus leader. I first built writing and publishing experience as publications director at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers’ Association, and as reporter at the Hanover, PA, Evening Sun.

Master’s degrees in creative nonfiction (Goucher College) and American studies (Penn State). Bachelor’s in journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Interests: Acting, knitting and sewing, fitness, pubs and road trips, reading. Whatever you do, don’t ask me to cook.

Carol and Diane display their sweaters, Easter 2010
My sister Carol Maureen (in pink) and me, showing off the sweaters we knitted.

 

 

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