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Patricia Dines

Freelance Writer, Editor, Public Speaker & Graphic Artist

Specializing in Environmental & Community Topics

"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


The syndicated "Ask EcoGirl" eco-advice column

Click here for more information about including the inspiring and empowering "Ask EcoGirl" column in your periodical.


Would you like to work with a professional freelance writer who informs, engages, and inspires people about environmental and community topics?

That's what I love providing for my clients!


 I AM AN....

EXPERIENCED. I've been a professional writer and educator for 25 years. For the past 15 years, I've specialized in writing innovative and beloved books, newsletters, and articles about environmental and community topics.

PROFESSIONAL. I can give you well-crafted content while meeting deadlines, getting the facts right, and delighting your readers. This makes your life just a little less stressful!


ENGAGING. Environmental writing doesn't need to be depressing or complex. It can be passionate, compassionate, useful, and inspiring. In fact, it works better that way!

INSIGHTFUL. Because of my knowledge about environmental issues, I can provide truly useful information, analysis, and perspectives.

& EMPOWERING. To make a difference on these issues, we need more than talk and tips. I love digesting diverse and complex material, then converting it into accessible information that deepens understanding and empowers truly meaningful action.


While I can cover many topics, I have special knowledge and depth in these areas:

• Everyday toxics and healthier alternatives, to stop the harm of unnecessary pollutants
• Organic and sustainable food and agriculture, to help protect ourselves and our ecosystems
• Peak oil and alternative energy, to support our transition to sustainable energy sources
• Ecological living, so that we can all be part of the solution
• Personal growth and healing, so that we can gracefully shift and bring more joy to ourselves and others, and
• Effective individual and community action, that truly makes a difference in the world


The environment is a timely topic, but not new to me. I love the earth and deeply value the ways it fundamentally empowers our lives, our health, and our journeys. Therefore I've been moved to use my writing skills to help us live more gently on the planet.

We can change our ways joyfully! Too often eco-writers bring only despair. That's why I've spent the past 15 years exploring how to write about these issues in a way that deepens understanding while empowering cheerful action. Knowing that we can make a difference is a joyful feeling!

I hope that with my work I can help create a world and a future that's healthier and happier for everyone.


"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)


  Quick PDF

This Quick Resume & Portfolio PDF summarizes my key writing projects and client feedback.


On my
Portfolio webpage, you can peruse more detailed information about my current and past projects, including my syndicated column (Ask EcoGirl), books (The Organic Guides), newsletter (The Next STEP), and freelance articles.


Sample columns:

* Ask EcoGirl. This syndicated superhero eco-advice column answers readers' questions about the practicalities of going green! Click here for more information and to view past columns.

Sample feature story (first-person):

* Delighting in Our Delicious Local Farms, West County Gazette, May 2008. Cover story. This piece savors the delights of buying in season from local farmers -- and the benefits to community, earth, health, and wallet. Then it shows you how to do it, with a schedule of local farmers markets and links to directories of local farms and CSAs. There's even a table showing what's in season when. How fun! Click here to download the article laid out, in PDF format.

Sample book review:

* Book Review: Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House

Also, see my
What's News webpage for my most current writing announcements.


Biography webpage gives more about my background and history.

Or .... contact me directly at:


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

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
The world henceforth will be run by the synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."
E. O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

Photograph by Patricia Dines
(c) Patricia Dines, 2003. All rights reserved.


The photograph of Patricia Dines at the top of this page is by Chris Stewart, San Francisco Chronicle.
This entire website is (c) Patricia Dines, 1998-2008. All rights reserved.
Page last updated 09/09/08.