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nDash Writer Profile for Lanette Sweeney


Twenty-five years of professional experience delivering sparkling, accurate copy under tight deadlines. Self-directed and efficient. I have expertise in higher education, health and wellness, grief recovery, mental-health challenges, and real-estate.

About Me

I'm a dedicated writer and beloved teacher with decades of successful experience working within deadlines to produce fast reporting, copy editing, fact checking, and story development, now working full-time as a freelance writer and editor. My first book, What I Should Have Said: A Poetry Memoir about Losing a Child to Addiction, was published by Finishing Line Press in the summer of 2021; Finishing Line Press nominated one of my poems for a Pushcart Prize. I am reliable, self-motivated, hard-working and highly skilled, with proven abilities to meet deadlines, craft fascinating, well-researched articles and essays, motivate and inspire readers and students, and correct copy quickly. I also possess excellent presentation and proposal-writing skills, having worked as a major-gifts officer for colleges and United Way. 

Industries I Write About

Real Estate

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My Writing Samples

Advice for When Your Child Dies of an Overdose

A list of steps you can take and things you can do to help survive traumatic grief.


A Medium Helped Me Talk to My Dead Son -- Maybe

First-person account of being called on by a medium who professed to be speaking to my late grandmother and more recently departed son.



Philanthropy Officer

Wrote grants and proposals to family foundations and individuals requesting their support for a variety of educational initiatives. Had to be familiar and able to speak fluently on issues of science & medicine, education, the arts, health & wellness, feminism and gender studies, adaptive technologies, and many other subjects to write these proposals and follow up in writing and in person with the donors. Also worked with faculty to write follow-up reports.

Company: Hampshire College

I worked there from 3/2008 until 6/2017

Business Development Director

Designed and delivered relocation and real-estate proposals to local business owners to offer as a benefit to their employees. Also worked as a real-estate agent, writing up listings, contracts, and closing papers.

Company: Prudential Serls Prime Properties (now renamed Berkshire Hathaway)

I worked there from 3/2003 until 3/2008

Vice President of Development and Communications

Oversaw an annual campaign that raised more than $5 million from individual and corporate gifts, mostly contributed via payroll deduction. Recruited and trained volunteers, worked with CEOs and other business leaders to run campaigns in their workplaces, oversaw the design and distribution of campaign materials, produced videos and advertisements, and created reports on annual outcomes.

Company: United Way of Dutchess County

I worked there from 1/1993 until 5/1998

Reporter, Editor, Copy Editor

For the first decade of my career, I worked as a copy editor, fact-checker, news beat reporter, features editor, national and international news editor, ghost writer, and features writer. I learned how to do research to contextualize articles on a range of subjects and how to proofread like a pro. I worked with writers to make their stories more compelling and edited everything from captions to front-page news.

Company: Poughkeepsie Journal, Las Vegas Sun, Star Magazine, Guideposts Magazine

I worked there from 1/1984 until 1/1995

Content I Write