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About

Rachel Berg Scherer 

 

writer • editor • teacher

 

business writing coach

When I'm at one of those fancy cocktail parties (because a small-business owner with two little kids has TONS of free time) and someone asks, "So what do you do?" I try really hard to land on just one thing.

 

I could say, "I'm a writer." And it would be true. I've written everything from a parenting column in a feminist magazine to chapters about modern Europe in an Advanced Placement history textbook.

 

But what I really want to say is, "I take huge ideas and move awesome words around like puzzle pieces until something amazing emerges."

I could say, "I'm an editor." And it would be true. I have an uncanny ability to spot grammatical errors, a trait despised by both my high school students and menu-writers alike.

But what I really want to say is, "I keep a red pen and some Wite Out in my purse. I fix grammatical errors on public signs, restaurant menus, advertisements...not because I want to, but because I have to."

I could say, "I'm a teacher." And it would be true. I taught high school English, and I teach my two small children lessons I never would have thought were necessary ("No, we do not wipe boogers on the dog").

But what I really want to say is, "I help people!" And it would be true. I teach small business owners how to communicate more clearly with their customers and stakeholders. I teach people who can't afford an in-house Communications Specialist to convey their amazing thoughts and ideas more clearly and effectively. I make sure customers aren't turned away by the same grammatical errors that make people like me whip out the red pen and Wite Out. I help people who don't think they're writers discover their own awesome words.

I help people. I want to help you.

I walked away from a career as a writer for big-wigs on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and for the Minnesota Attorney General, because I wanted to help people. I helped small nonprofits craft effective communications plans. I helped thousands of high school students learn how to write and to be just as annoyed by grammatical errors as I am.

Now I use my 20 years of writing, editing, and teaching experience to help other emerging writers and small business owners.

My series of grammar guides and writing aids will help anyone write more clearly and more effectively. 

I hold an Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership in Teaching from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. I live in my home state of Minnesota with my husband and two adorable kids. Yes, I correct their grammar. Yes, I'm pretty sure they love me anyway.

Professional Highlights

    Nearly 20 years of writing and communications experience 

    Writer and public speaker: United States Congress   

    Writer and public speaker: Minnesota Attorney General

    Writer, editor, and project manager: various nonprofits and small businesses

    Independent writer and editor: magazines, nonprofits and businesses, simultaneously managing several ongoing projects

Professional Memberships and Certifications

    Association of Writers & Writing Programs

    Textbook and Academic Authors Association

    Editorial Freelancers Association

    Authors Alliance

    International Women's Writing Guild

    Licensed secondary English teacher, state of Minnesota