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About Me

Welcome to my profile!  I offer over 20 years of technical, print and online media writing experience. Let me produce content consistent with your voice and brand.

My current freelance experience varies widely and includes writing in the parenting/children, food, and travel niches. Previous works include writing guest blog posts, magazine articles, and B2B copy experience.  Feel free to see some of my writing samples included on my profile or visit me on my author's website at www.marlenesmithwrites.com.

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My Writing Samples

"S'more than Meets the Eye."

Magazine article for The Costco Connection magazine (July 2017)


“Ghoul Times in Portland Oregon.”

Online, social publishing article on Medium.com


B2B Sales Services Flyer

Marketing Flyer for Sales Services. Challenge Dairy Inc., Dublin California- August 2017


Amendments to the Code of Ethics for Trial Court Employees (2009)

Project to amend the Code of Ethics for the Court Employees of California to reflect updated and comprehensive tenets and guidelines that support the highest standards of professional integrity and ethical conduct by all court employees.


The Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation how-to article for a women's health and wellness virtual community where women connect, explore and transform.



Freelance Writer

SKILLS: Ability to write content consistent with Chicago or AP Style manuals; use content writing tools such as Grammarly and the Hemmingway Editor App;apply writing formulas, such as AIDA, to engage, persuade and convert readers; in-depth knowledge of online research techniques; experience with navigating content management systems; and extensive experience working with copy editors to incorporate editing changes.

Company: www.marlenesmithwrites.com

I worked there from 1/2017 until now

Supervising Analyst

Drafted project charters that outlined project objectives, resource requirements, milestones, and successful completion criteria. Authored assessment reports gauging impacts on court operations and staff workload. Major accomplishment included co-authoring the 2014 "Open Meetings Guidelines for Advisory Bodies" staff protocol to implement California Judicial Branch open public meetings rule (California Rules of Court, rule 10.75) for its advisory and policy committees.

Company: Judicial Council of California

I worked there from 1/2006 until 1/2016

Senior Court Services Analyst-Collaborative Justice Advisory Committee

Managed the California Collaborative Justice DUI Prevention and Intervention Strategies project. Prepared public procurement documents (i.e., contracts, requests for proposals) and prepared and presented written staff reports containing findings and recommendations for policy improvements. Major accomplishment included managing the drafting team who won the $1.5 million grant for the DUI Prevention and Intervention Strategies project (2005.)

Company: Judicial Council of California

I worked there from 1/2004 until 1/2006

Senior Court Services Analyst

Researched and analyzed proposed legislation and policies impacting court administration. Prepared agendas, memoranda, minutes, and written staff reports containing findings andrecommendations in various court administration areas. Major accomplishment included winning quarterly division award for Outstanding Innovation and Collaboration for cross divisional planning efforts of statewide meetings (2002.)

Company: Judicial Council of California

I worked there from 1/2001 until 1/2004

Court Services Analyst-Trial Court Budget Commission

Drafted statewide budget change proposals for trial court operations for approval by the Governor and the State Legislature. Major accomplishment included serving as primary author of the FY 2000-2001, $14 million budget change proposal to increase juror per diem to $15.00 per day for second and subsequent day of jury service (2000.) Promoted to Senior Court Services Analyst (2001.)

Company: Judicial Council of California

I worked there from 1/1998 until 1/2004

Staff Analyst- Access and Fairness Advisory Committee

Prepared meeting agendas, minutes and staff reports to the full committee. Also made oral presentations on findings and recommendations to the Access and Fairness advisory committee. Developed the first Judicial Council Native American Legal Issues Educational Roundtable conferences (1996 and 1998.) Promoted to Court Services Analyst (1998.)

Company: Judicial Council of California

I worked there from 1/1996 until 1/1998

Content I Write