Linda Hutchison

I am a professional writer based in San Diego. I've been making a living as a writer for more than 25 years. My background is both diverse and solid. I've been a journalist, a technical writer, a copywriter, a newsletter editor, and an author of two books. No matter where, what it comes down to is this: I love to write and I love helping people communicate. I am lucky to be able to combine the two and make a good living!

Award Winner

The San Diego Press Club awarded me two Excellence in Journalism awards for 2015. (See award HERE.) The awards were Best of Show and Best Non-Daily Newspaper Entry for a 14-part series on La Jolla's faith communities. To see those articles, please visit La Jolla Light.


Book Author

Author of two books – Lebanon and Finland – for Lucent Press (part of the Gale Group). The books are part of a Modern Nations of the World series for high school students.

Copywriter

Working freelance, and for advertising agencies and retail shopping centers, my copy has promoted retail businesses, hi-tech industries, restaurants, security services, banks, and the San Diego Transit. Currently I work as a Senior Copywriter for Consistent Image, Inc., in La Jolla. Consistent Image provides writing and creative services for wireless, software, and technology companies, including Qualcomm.

Newsletter Editor and Writer

Wrote and designed newsletters for companies and non-profit organizations. Currently write articles for "Successful Aging" newsletter, a publication from the Center for Healthy Aging, UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Newspaper Editor and Reporter

I worked as a reporter for several community newspapers in the Los Angeles area and as a community correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. I was the managing editor of the Gardena Valley News. In all, I have published hundreds of stories and essays. Currently I am a freelance writer for the La Jolla Light. Please see my Portfolio for recent articles. Or visit La Jolla Light and enter my name, which will bring up a list of my current articles.

Technical Writer

During my 20 years as a technical writer in the hi-tech industry, I wrote user manuals, quick reference materials, data sheets, online help, and web content for a wide variety of hardware and software products. My employers have included Epson America (two years), Xerox Corporation (six years), and Qualcomm, Inc. (four years). My freelance clients have included Hitachi Data Systems, Overland Data, AOL, and Intuit. Currently I work as a Senior Technical Writer for Consistent Image, Inc., in La Jolla. Consistent Image provides writing and creative services for wireless, software, and technology companies, including Qualcomm.

Education

I studied journalism, English literature, and library science at U.C. Berkeley and San Diego State College. I have a bachelor's degree in Communications/Journalism from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

Personal

In addition to writing professionally, I write poetry and essays and have had several poems published in local and national journals. I enjoy reading, yoga, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, including my two sons and daughter-in-law.

My Blog - head wind journal (www.headwindjournal.com)

A head wind is a wind that slows us down. For me, it's also a mind breeze I can observe and try to capture in words during this lull. Visit my blog by clicking on the blog logo below.

The San Diego Reader featured my blog in its "Blog Diego" column on August 28, 2014.
Click HERE to view.

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