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Patricia Dines

Freelance Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic Artist

Specializing in Environmental & Community Topics

Cheerfully providing information that's
Inspiring • Useful • Accurate • & Empowering!

AUTHOR of the syndicated "Ask EcoGirl" column, The Organic Guides, and a wide range of articles and reports on environmental and community issues

LEAD AUTHOR, EDITOR, & GRAPHIC ARTIST for The Next STEP newsletter and other inspiring and useful educational materials

CONSULTING WRITER, EDITOR, & GRAPHIC ARTIST, helping businesses, nonprofits, and goverment agencies effectively communicate their green message

PUBLIC SPEAKER, TRAINER, & TRAINING DESIGNER for events that have informed and empowered thousands of people, including the "Better Not Bigger" conference, the Sierra Club, the Harmony Festival, the Peace & Justice Center, & the Cancer Resource Center

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"Patricia has keen insight into sustainable living and business practices. She's provided NorthBay biz magazine with several articles along those lines (as well as other subjects), which have had excellent reader response. Her work is thorough, detailed, timely and of high quality. She also meets her deadlines -- something I always appreciate!"
Julie Fadda, Editor, NorthBay biz magazine

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"Thank you so much for your contributions to our newspaper. People are clearly reading your Ask EcoGirl column and you're such a delight to work with. You meet deadlines and your work is well-done and thoughtful. I like your writing style, thorough and upbeat, and encouraging people to actually do things. I love what you're doing!"
Vesta Copestakes, Editor, Sonoma County Gazette

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"Dear Patricia -- Thanks for the story on Sonoma Compost. It's a great read that our readers will find both interesting and educational. We are happy to have the work of a pro and welcome further stories by you on topics related to the agricultural industry in Sonoma and Marin Counties."
Tim Tesconi, Editor Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Previously Ag Staff Writer for the Press Democrat (33 years)
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"I love the unbridled enthusiasm and creativity of the Ask EcoGirl column. It engages people. I like your writing in general, and I want Peace Press readers to catch onto your enthusiasm and know-how. Thanks again."
Debra Birkinshaw, Boardmember, Peace & Justice Center; Member, Green Sangha Sonoma County

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"Patricia -- You are doing a wonderful job with the [STEP] newsletter. I can't even begin to tell you how many things I have learned and use in my daily life. I take your newsletters to work and hang them up in the workroom to share with people. Keep up your hard work. Sebastopol is a better place to live thanks to people like you."
Chris Nelson, Sebastopol Realtor

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"I am writing to express my deep appreciation for Patricia Dines' outstanding and unique work in writing, editing, and providing the graphics for the widely successful [STEP] newsletter.... The community response has been overwhelmingly positive and I believe the use of toxics in Sebastopol has declined significantly as a result of it.

"Patricia has provided valuable contributions of her talent to Sebastopol and Sonoma County. I unhesitatingly recommend her to any company or agency that is looking for a highly creative individual who can deliver the desired product for customers or audiences of any community."
Dave Brennan, Sebastopol City Manager

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"The conference was seamlessly run, high energy, great fun, ignited hopes, and nurtured visions. I'm leaving with some specific ideas and contacts and new interest in government involvement."

"I liked the entire program from beginning to end. I've done workshops and conferences all my working life -- this was the best."

"I left feeling empowered and positive, rare for this topic."

"The resources book is fantastic. It helped my listening because most of my notes were already taken! I look forward to reading it and to making contact with the panelists."

"It was really a wonderfully-coordinated and highly-informative opportunity. Thank you!"

Attendee comments after the Conference "Better Not Bigger: Grappling With Growth in Sonoma County" (Ms. Dines created the event book, led in the educational design, and was on the Conference Steering Committee which co-created the overall event)

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"Thank you for your [graphic design] work on the Leadership Training binder... Your care, high esthetic standards, and attention to detail made all the materials clear, well-organized, easier to read and understand, and visually appealing. Beyond that, your professionalism, expertise, and commitment to excellence have ensured that the class binder and its content is a showpiece, and something to be proud of.

"For working with difficult and varied source materials, often under short deadlines, and doing a consistently wonderful job, you have my and the Institute's appreciation and gratitude."

Daniel Solnit, Executive Director, Leadership Institute for Ecology & the Economy, April 2002


PD [at] • (707) 829-2999
708 Gravenstein Hwy N, Suite 104 • Sebastopol, CA 95472

The photograph of Patricia Dines at the top of this page is by Chris Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle.
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