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The reader.

That’s who you are writing for.

Sure, you have a story to tell, but if your readers see no connection to their own needs and interests, your narrative will sit untouched like a bowl of steaming chili on the Fourth of July.

You need clear, concise, jargon-free content that connects with your audience (clients, donors, alumni, grant funders, buyers, students, social media followers — any readers, really), and I can help.

50 Words About Me

I am a seasoned writer/editor with 25 years of experience producing compelling copy and contributing to a broad range of print and online publications. I spent the past 17 years as a communications professional with the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where I amassed experience in development, alumni relations and academic publishing fields — all focused on topics related to education and human development.

Now Back to You

Here is a sampling of services I can offer that will help you connect with your audience:

  • Produce books, magazines, academic journals, and annual reports
  • Write articles, profiles, newsletters, print and web copy, fundraising appeals, and stewardship letters
  • Manage your publication
  • Edit your book
  • Copy edit or proof your scholarly paper or dissertation (APA style)

Check out my new book! Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A. Saunders of Storer College

Testimonials

Marc Columbus, Headmaster
Little Keswick School, Keswick, VA

Having worked with Lynn Bell Pechuekonis through our UVA Curry School connection, I recognized that we stumbled upon a goldmine when we began to use Lynn as our school copywriter. While Little Keswick School  has a wide network and international reputation, we are still small and there was no one identified on staff solely to write and proof. Lynn’s eye for detail and true understanding of our mission is a valuable combination. She adds color to her literary pieces by interviewing parents, board members and staff, thereby making our school come alive to the reader. I can call on Lynn anytime and count on her work to be timely, professional and crafted with heart.

Margaret Ann Bollmeier, President
Medical College of Virginia Foundation, Richmond, VA

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lynn for more than 8 years. She is an excellent writer and editor, attentive to the goals, audience and appropriate voice for each piece. Our work together has included brochures, annual reports, magazine and newsletter articles, website content, grant proposals, speeches, and presentations. She is a great listener, and that is reflected in her work. She always asks the right questions, whether it is to understand the project assignment, or interview people to develop content. I trust her judgment and her writing. It’s a pleasure to work with her, and I highly recommend her!

Karen Barnes, Director of Communications
University of Virginia Human Resources, Charlottesville, VA

“Lynn excels at listening and asking the right questions in order to produce a story that is compelling and grabs the reader. She is also well organized, skilled at managing large publication projects and a pleasure to work with.”

Stewart D. Roberson
Chairman, President, and CEO, Moseley Architects
Former Superintendent, Hanover County Schools in Virginia

I have admired the high quality performance of Lynn Pechuekonis for many years from the perspective of a Curry School Foundation board member and devoted Curry School alum. If you are seeking a professional to elevate the stature of your organization, particularly one which serves a valuable educational mission, Lynn will do that for you over and over. Her style is crisp, clear, and caring. She especially has a keen ability to convey the human spirit and responsiveness of the organizations with whom she’s aligned.”

Glen L. Bull
Founding Editor, Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education
Professor, University of Virginia Curry School of Education & Human Development

Lynn is dependable and responsible, and effective in coordinating projects involving complex logistics. She recently coordinated the current design of the journal’s web interface, which required coordination of efforts involving user-interface design, graphic design, and web design. Lynn did an exemplary job of managing both the technical issues and of achieving consensus across the respective stakeholders from the five educational associations that sponsor the journal. She is a strong asset for any initiative.

 

Portfolio

Little Keswick School Annual Report – For the past four years LKS has asked me to write the copy for their non-profit annual report.

Little Keswick School Giving webpages  view webpages

LKS Giving page

Curry School Magazineview pdf

Momentum: The Curry School Foundation Annual Report 2015view pdf

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Educationview website

Curry School Online Magazineview website

Curry online magazine

Little Keswick School article published in Albemarle Magazine (August 2017)

Little Keswick School article

Lynn is also a Christian writer and speaker. Learn more at The Gentle Savior blog.

Lynn and her husband are the proprietors of Rockhaven B&B in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

Man of Sterling Worth: Professor William A. Saunders of Storer College

Lynn’s latest book!

For 88 years after the end of the Civil War, Storer College educated hundreds of African Americans who gathered on its campus in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This is the story of Storer’s longest serving black teacher. A Storer graduate himself, William Allen Saunders became the school’s beating heart. He was known as a devoted friend of struggling youth, who not only boarded students in his home but was said to do everything in his power to aid their progress. While Storer College helped make “Prof Saunders” the man he was, he taught so many courses over so many years and touched so many lives that he, in turn, significantly impacted the twentieth century Storer experience.

Over his 54 years as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Saunders also became a trusted spiritual leader and a well-known figure throughout the thriving Black community then living beyond Storer’s campus. All of these aspects are explored here by author Lynn Pechuekonis, who resides in Saunders’ former home.

This book uniquely turns its focus on Black life both at Storer College and in Harpers Ferry during the Jim Crow era—all viewed through the lens of this dedicated teacher who was praised as a “man of sterling worth” and the “friend of every righteous cause.”

Order your copy from the Harpers Ferry Park Association Bookshop.

2020 Annual Report – UVA School of ED

Last fall I helped the UVA School of Education and Human Development by doing the copywriting for their 2020 Annual Report.

https://annualreport.curry.virginia.edu/2020/

Supporting Early Childhood Education

Long dedicated to promoting investment in early childhood education in Virginia, philanthropist Jane Batten became acquainted with the School of Education and Human Development through its work with Elevate Early Education (E3), where she sits on the board of directors. The School’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) had collaborated with E3 to develop a comprehensive curriculum model for birth to five that blends academic and social-emotional learning.

The more she learned, the stronger Batten felt about the importance of supporting our work. Last fall, the School announced that she had made a $10 million pledge to fund professorships and fellowships in early childhood education – a gift representing the largest ever to a School program.

“I’m delighted to support an initiative that’s so close to my heart,” Batten said. “I’ve long been a passionate champion of early childhood education, and it is fulfilling to provide the School with resources that will enable it to generate new knowledge in the field.”

READ MORE on the Annual Report website.

Sample of Recent Writing for UVA’s New HR Website

This fall I helped the University of Virginia rework some of their web content in preparation for their website redesign. The new site is now up and here’s one of the articles I wrote for them:

With a renewed focus on encouraging your long-term health and wellbeing, Hoo’s Well is offering a new suite of programs, tools, and resources for the UVA employee community. Beginning in 2019 all employees covered by the UVA Health Plan, as well as their covered spouses, will have access to an expanded menu of options for activities that include both cross-Grounds wellness “Challenges” and personal “Journeys” designed to develop lifelong healthy habits.

Our mission is to foster a culture of wellness among UVA employees, leading to a happier, healthier, and more positive work environment. In response to employee feedback, we are now able to help you shape your healthy lifestyle in an even more personalized, holistic, and sustainable way. We are partnering with RedBrick Health to give you more choices and a wellness pathway tailored to your lifestyle and interests.

As you choose among all of the opportunities for growth that the Hoo’s Well program offers, you may experience unexpected personal rewards and see the symbiotic relationship between individual and community wellness. Participate in an on-site fitness class through IM-Rec, purchase a healthy and affordable lunch through the Hoo’s Choice program, or get involved with your physical, financial, and emotional wellbeing on a completely new level with Hoo’s Well. For example, President Jim Ryan enjoys running and was surprised to find it can also be a way to build community across Grounds as he meets more UVA students and employees who share his passion for fitness and join him on weekly runs.

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE ON THE UVA SITE.