My Story

As a writer, editor and proofer with a decade of experience, I've written and edited on everything from medical innovations to interior design to click fraud to single life in Austin. I've written content and features for print and web, developed copy for a $7 million marketing campaign, and copyedited both highly technical and consumer-friendly content. I have no patience for dull, bloodless writing, believing that a compelling narrative and a direct, energetic voice is the cure, no matter the format.


Freelance Writing and Editing

International Legal Technology Association • Copyeditor • January 09-Present
Copyedit white papers and articles for ILTA's Peer to Peer magazine.

Smart WebParts • Copyeditor and Copywriter • April 10-Present
Copyedit and copywrite strategy briefs, blog posts and articles for Smart WebParts, a Silicon Valley-based software firm serving the legal industry.

GivingCity Austin • Writer • December 08-Present
Report and write features for philanthropy-centered magazine published by the Austin Community Foundation.

TRIBEZA • Writer • June 08-December 08
Reported and wrote style, design and community articles for Austin upscale lifestyle magazine.

Thompson Marketing • Copywriter, Editor and Proofreader • November 07-January 10
Copywrote, edited and proofread for a large marketing firm with multi-million dollar accounts.

Form & Content Media • Editor • November 07-December 09
Edited scientist-written articles for publication by the International Society for Optical Engineering.

Attention Ventures • Copywriter and Copyeditor • October 07-June 08
Copywrote and copyedited web and print materials for a venture capital firm's portfolio of businesses.


My Commuting Years

Staff Editor and WriterTexas Department of Transportation, Government and Public Affairs, Austin, TX • November 05 to November 07
Researched, wrote, edited and proofread department materials, including: newsletters, speeches, quarterly policy research journal, legislative testimony, conference programs, research reports. Wrote marketing documents for a $7 million campaign, including web, radio, print and outdoor ad copy.

Proofreader • The Senate of the State of Texas, Austin, TX • January 03 to June 03
Proofread all Senate-introduced legislation during the 78th Legislature.

Writer • Office of the Governor, Austin, TX • March 01 to August 02
Wrote and edited all official proclamations and greetings issued to the public by the governor.

Newsletter Editor and Health Content Editor • DrKoop.com, Austin, TX • May 00 to January 01
Researched and wrote health and medicine articles. Wrote and edited the site's newsletter, which reached over 650,000 subscribers. Managed and assigned stories to freelancers.

Staff WriterAdvisory Board / National Journal, Washington, D.C. • November 99 to May 00
Reported, edited, and proofread for three web publications: American Health Line, Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report and the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Articles focused on medical advances and research, science policy and the healthcare industry.


Learning

University of Arizona, MFA, May 05
Creative Writing — Fiction

Duke University, BA, cum laude, May 99
English major, Biological Anthropology and Anatomy minor

Duke in South Africa, Summer 99
A six-week paleoanthropological field school, including geological surveys and fossil excavation, culminating in a report of findings delivered to the University of the Witwatersrand.

Duke in New York, Fall 97
A semester in New York City focusing on the arts and the business of the arts, coupled with an internship at VH1's Pop-Up Video.

Duke in Oxford, Summer 97
A six-week course in Shakespeare, taught by an Oxford don at New College.


Publications / Honors / Awards

Austin, Texas: A Photographic Journey • Author • May 11

Aviva • Profile of Penny De Los Santos • April 09

RTOHQ • Business features • February 09 to Present

GivingCity • Various philanthropy-centered features • January 09 to October 09

TRIBEZA • Design, style and community articles • June 08 to December 08

SheKnows • Lifestyle articles • March 08 to November 08

Austin American-Statesman • Personal essay • May 07 • "How I Became a Geek Goddess"

Anthropology and Humanism • Ethnographic Fiction Award • June 05 • "On the Origin of Extinction"

The Creative Pulse • Grand Prize Winner, 100 Words, 100 Bucks Contest • March 05 • "His/Hers"

The Economist • Finalist, The Richard Casement Internship in Science Writing • 01 and 02


Teaching

Instructor • Informal Classes, The University of Texas, Austin, TX • August 06 to October 09
Lead short fiction workshops for Informal Classes students.

Graduate Teaching Assistant • The University of Arizona, English Department, Tucson, AZ • August 03 to May 05
Composition, Rhetoric and Introduction to the Writing of Fiction

Volunteer ESL Literacy Tutor • Literacy Austin, Austin, TX • 00 to 02


Other Neat Stuff I've Done

Assistant Fiction Editor • The Sonora Review, Tucson, AZ • August 04 to May 05
Selected content for The University of Arizona's quarterly literary magazine.

Biological Anthropology Editor and Contributor • Vertices, Durham, NC • 97 to 99
Wrote and edited stories for Vertices, Duke University's magazine of science and technology.


Nota Bene

Know: AP style, The Chicago Manual of Style, MLA style, Microsoft Office

Contact

Questions about my freelance services and rates? E-mail me at tiffany(at)tiffanyhamburger.com or call at (512) 524-6786

About

Hi. I'm Tiffany Hamburger. I'm a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. I've written and edited professionally for a decade on a wide variety of subjects.

I have an English degree and Biological Anthropology minor from Duke University, and a master's in creative writing from The University of Arizona.

Industries and subjects with which I've worked:

Types of documents I've written and/or edited:

In my spare time, I like to (surprise!) read and write, teach fiction, travel as much as I can, make messes in the kitchen and run with my dog, who is also my receptionist.

Testimonials

"Tiffany: you're the best copywriter I've ever worked with, hands-down. Not only that, but I've had many writers do very similar work, and, so you know, the work you did should have taken AT LEAST 10 times as long. Oh, and the quality far exceeds any rational expectation."
— Christian Hunter, CEO, Attention Ventures

"Tiffany Hamburger is quite simply an AMAZING copy editor. After years of marketing a personal care product, only to find that embarrassing typo or grammar error on the final carton or brochure, in spite of reviews by numerous Quality Control people, Tiffany has revolutionized our process! She is prompt, thorough and very easy to work with. Our Product has technical information which she was able to read through and properly edit with incredible accuracy. In the past, we have had numerous "professionals" serving in this capacity for us, but none have come close to the quality and timeliness of Tiffany's work. Thank you!
— Dr. JE Ellington, INGfertility, LLC

"Tiffany is one of the brightest, most careful writers I've worked with. Her attention to detail and commitment to a quality reader experience were standouts at drkoop.com."
— Monica Maldonado Williams, Editor-in-Chief, GivingCity Austin

"Thank you for the great writing you have been doing for our magazine, RTOHQ...Our editor, Neil, has told me he loves your writing also and that you are a real professional and it is a pleasure working with you."
— Bill Keese, Executive Director, APRO

"Speaking as a retired professor, Tiffany is an outstanding teacher. She has great enthusiasm and conveys her love of the written word. I learned so much and found every minute of class fascinating."
— Gail Clinton, professor emeritus