Greenfire Creative, L.L.C.  

Judy Fort Brenneman

2160 Ryeland Ln.
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Work ExperienceHonors and Awards for Literary Work Honors and Awards for Marketing & Technical Work
Professional Society MembershipsVolunteer WorkEducation

Work Experience
Owner, Greenfire Creative, LLC: Writer, presenter, trainer, and consultant
2000 through current. Co-founder and owner of Greenfire Creative, LLC, a small, woman-owned business that helps individuals, agencies, organizations, and institutions tell their stories. Services include writing and editing, including ghost writing; writing workshops, including the only Interpretive Writing Intensive and Advanced Interpretive Writing workshops, both designed and presented by me, as well as custom writing workshops; training, including original creativity workshops and NAI-sanctioned workshops for interpretive guide certification; and consultation, including writing coaching, interpretive planning, and creative consultation. My responsibilities include day to day operations as well as business development, program development and presentation, writing, editing, and consulting.

Essayist, memoirist, theatre critic, and freelance author
1984 through current. Publication credits for shorter works include Weber Studies (four essays), Puerto del Sol, and Speakeasy. Co-editor of and contributor to High-IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Stories from the Experts, Free Spirit Publishing, 2007. Bylined ghost writer of Is Your Child Bipolar? The Definitive Resource on How to Identify, Treat, and Thrive with a Bipolar Child, Bantam Books, 2008. Region VII first-place winner of the 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Critics Institute (KCACTF NCI) for my review, "Rocky Horror Show: Fresh, In So Many Ways," attended the 2008 national KCACTF NCI, and was invited to attend O'Neill National Critics Institute. Author of several pieces included in the script for Relative to You, the Spring 2008 Front Range Community College Readers' Theatre.
List of published works.

Owner, The Write Shop: Writer, editor, marketing consultant, project manager.
1988 through 1996. One of the original founders and, beginning in 1991, sole owner, president, and senior writer/editor of The Write Shop, a nonfiction writing agency and marketing consulting firm. Clients ranged from entrepreneurial ventures to international conglomerates and came from virtually every industry. In addition to supervising daily operations, financial management, sales, marketing, and customer service, responsibilities included editing all materials, overseeing technical writing, marketing, and advertising projects (and being head writer on many of these projects), developing information and usability strategies, developing creative concepts and marketing strategies, and working closely with R&D, engineering, management, end users, and others on the client side. Due to family needs and a growing desire to pursue other interests in addition to marketing and technical communication, I closed the company at the end of July 1996.

Partner, Technical Problem Solvers: Writer, editor, entrepreneur.
January through November, 1987. General partner in Technical Problem Solvers, an entrepreneurial venture offering engineering consulting services and technical writing. Company evolved into The Write Shop.

Technical and customer support services
1980 through 1984. Isolab, Inc., Akron, Ohio. Responsibilities included writing and editing instruction booklets, brochures, and advertising material for a variety of medical diagnostic and biochemical research products; new product development; FDA internal auditing; editing and writing a regularly published product-applications newsletter; trouble-shooting customer problems; developing trade show booth materials and displays; supervising exhibit booth at conferences; writing and presenting seminars; familiarity with products involved in liquid chromatography, electrophoresis, immunoassays, and radioassays. Left after four years to move to Colorado.

Research assistant
1976 through 1980. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio. Developed and carried out experiments exploring the role of Herpes Simplex viruses in cervical cancer and in the conformational changes of RNA polymerase exposed to DNA.

Teaching assistant
1976. Teaching Assistant for Introductory Microbiology Laboratory, CWRU Department of Biology.

Work-study student
1974 through 1976. Work Study Student, CWRU Department of Biology. General research lab work.

Honors and Awards for Literary Work

  • 2008 Legacy Award™ in the Parent/Family category for High IQ Kids: Insights, Information, and Stories from the Experts
  • First place in the 2008 Region VII National Critics Institute (NCI), held in conjunction with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), for "Rocky Horror Show: Fresh, In So Many Ways."
  • Attended the by-invitation-only KCACTF National Critics Institute in Washington, DC, spring, 2008; was invited to attend the O'Neill National Critics Institute (a parallel program to the O'Neill Playwriting Festival)
  • Second Place, 2000 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competition, creative nonfiction
  • Finalist, 2001 and 2002 Writers @ Work Fellowship Competitions, creative nonfiction
  • Honorable Mention, New Millennium Writings Competition, Winter 2000, creative nonfiction
  • Honorable Mention, New Millennium Writings Competition, Fall 2001, creative nonfiction
  • First Place, Stories from the Great Unknowns, MileHiCon 28, 1996, fiction
  • Scholarship recipient, 1997 Desert Writers Workshop, Canyonlands Field Institute

    Honors and Awards for Marketing & Technical Work
    At its closing, The Write Shop had received 28 awards from various regional and international organizations, including Best of Division, Pro-Comm Competition, Business Marketing Association (international) and Distinguished Award, Technical Publications, Society of Technical Communication (international). I was editor, lead (and often sole) writer for all of these projects, and was either project manager or significantly involved in project management for all of them.

    Technical and marketing communications that I have written and/or developed have resulted in documented increases in sales (in one case, over $15 million in sales during a six-month period), excellent response rates from direct marketing (17% for one award-winning campaign), and increased conference attendance (20% for the 1989 Working Woman's Conference).

    Workshop and conference attendees consistently rate my programs highly ("fun, enthusiastic, excellent information, inspirational," etc.)

    Distinguished Service Award, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Undergraduate degree conferred cum laude.
    Mather Scholar Grant recipient, September, 1973 through June 1976.

    Professional Society Memberships
    American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
    National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
    Council for the Interpretation of Native Peoples (CINP), a section of NAI
    Business Marketing Association (past member)
    Society for Technical Communication (past Senior Member)

    Volunteer Work
  • 2008 through current
    • Front Range Community College Summer Theatre Program: Fundraiser, house manager, and other tasks as needed related to both the current production of the Wizard of Oz and the ongoing development of the Front Range Oz Festival
  • 2000 through current
    • Various volunteer work for NAI, CINP, and Region 7.
    • Chair of the Women of the Year Alumnae Association board of directors, Mildred G. Arnold Foundation.
    • Speaker, moderator, and other volunteer assistance at various conferences, including NAI conferences
  • 1989 through 2000
    • 2000 through 2002. Member, North Central Regional Council of CSPD and Title I Consultants, an advisory council assisting in the development and strategic planning for special education and children-at-risk programs throughout north central Colorado.
    • 1996 through 2000. Advocate for students with disabilities. Regional program director and volunteer advocate for Attention Deficit Disorder Advocacy Group, which addressed the needs of children who had ADHD and other "invisible disabilities" and their families. Responsibilities included program development and coordination; public relations and marketing; peer support counselor and advocate; development of the original ORAN conference, including co-directing, program and sponsorship development, and logistics.
    • 1995 through 1999. Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Business Marketing Association; volunteer writer for various projects and presentations, including Communicator of the Year scriptwriting.
    • Presenter for CBC (Certificate in Business Communications) program, Business Marketing Association, Denver, Colorado.
    • 1992 through 1996. Writer, strategist, and marketing consultant to United Way of Loveland, Berthoud, Estes Park.
    • 1995 through 1999. Board member and Chair of the Marketing and PR Committee, MileHiCon (largest literary speculative fiction convention in the Rocky Mountain region).
    • 1987 through 1998. Volunteer for various projects and committees of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.
    • 1991 through 1998. Editing and project coordination for the Desert Writers Workshop annual anthology.
    • 1991. Marketing Chair for the Incest Survivors' Art Council, Greeley, Colorado, and book editor for Incest: From Horror to Hope.
    • 1990 through 1994. Board member and President of the Board, Marketing, Advertising, and Communication Association.
    • 1989. Marketing Chair for Working Woman's Conference. Increased conference attendance by 20%.

  • 1976, B.A., Biology and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. GPA = 3.3 (A = 4.0).
  • 1977 through current continuing education course work includes:
    • Introduction to Theatre, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
    • Readers' Theatre, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO
    • Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Critics Institute (2008)
    • National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Critics Institute (2008)
    • Coaching Writers training with Eric Maisel
    • Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT), sanctioned by NAI to train and certify interpretive guides (CIG)
    • Graduate of Colorado Leading Edge program
    • National Speakers Association Speakers College Workshop
    • Inc. Magazine Growing Your Company conference
    • Active participant (and presenter) in national professional conferences, including NAI and STC
    • Completed a variety of seminars, classes, workshops, and conferences on TQM, excellence in the workplace, customer service, accounting and financial planning for business, technical communications (including electronic documentation, usability, project management, and other topics), marketing, and management
    • Desert Writers Workshop, annually, 1988-1999
    • Writers @ Work, Taos, Santa Fe, and Lighthouse Writers Workshops
    • Various local and regional workshops
    • Graduate work in virology and biological problems of man in space

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