Writing • Editing • Project Management

Freelance writing can be a solitary life, so in 2004, 
​I founded a creative support community. Chicks Who Write is a professional networking group for women who write in greater Boston. What started out as a few freelancers meeting for coffee has grown into a vital community of more than 200 savvy creative professionals. Chicks come from a variety of communications backgrounds, with diverse areas of expertise, ranging from journalism to blogging to romance fiction to marketing communications. For more information, visit meetup.com or chickswhowrite.com
Volunteer. Speaker. Workshop Leader. 
​​I love helping professionals write better. I'm a longtime faculty member and conference co-chair for CASE's intensive Annual Development Writing conference. I'm a frequent speaker and presenter for AFP-Massachusetts, Development Dialogues, NEAGC, and CASE District 1, where I served six years on the executive board. Recently, I earned CASE's highest national teaching award, the Crystal Apple, and judged the Platinum awards for District 1's Best Magazine Articles. I also serve on the Alumni Board of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program in Boston.


Chicks Who Write

​​​Writer. Editor. Project Manager. Coach.
These titles only begin to describe me. Basically, I love words. And I love crafting compelling stories that build relationships and drive results. I guess I'm a storyteller on a mission. 

I started out in marketing communications and worked in higher education for sixteen years. I learned a lot about nonprofit communications along the way. I was a marketing associate for an international academic publisher; a director of publications at a small, private college; and the senior writer and editor at an urban university. My skills range from writing and editing to marketing, branding and strategy to project management, direct mail and digital media.

I have degrees from Thayer Academy, the George Washington University, and Suffolk University. I also studied at the University of East Anglia, UK, and recently completed Boston's Grub Street Novel Incubator program.

​I've helped all types of mission-driven organizations tell their stories, raise more money, connect with their constituents, and inspire their communities.

​How can I help you?


Tracey palmer

"Your willingness to provide your expertise to attendees of our Basics program has certainly advanced and promoted philanthropy, which is central to the AFP mission. We are grateful for all the ways you have been an integral part of the AFP Massachusetts Chapter. Thank you for your good work, Tracey."

•Paul Swindhurst, Past-President, AFP, Massachusetts Chapter