"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

Freelance Writer.
​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 300 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

Chicks Who Write

Tracey palmer

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, Brand Together, Development Dialogues, NEAGC, and CASE District 1, where I served six years on the executive board. I've earned CASE's highest national teaching award, the Crystal Apple, and this year, was inducted into the CASE Laureates, "a community of senior volunteers who have provided invaluable service to CASE and to the mission of advancing education to transform lives and society." I also serve on the Alumni Board of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program in Boston.


Writing • Editing • Project Management

​​​​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 and development communications and worked in higher education for sixteen years. I learned a lot about nonprofit storytelling along the way. I've been 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 completed Boston's Grub Street Novel Incubator program.

In ​2004, I launched Palmer Communications. Since then, 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?