About Ruth E. Thaler-Carter ...

If you need writing, editing, proofreading, press releases, presentations and more for your publications, association, business, organization, website, book, etc., I can do that for you!

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter  (center back in print dress) is one of the “Inspiring Women of Our Community” profiled in the October 2016 issue of  Brighton Connections  magazine.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter (center back in print dress) is one of the “Inspiring Women of Our Community” profiled in the October 2016 issue of Brighton Connections magazine.

I write feature and news articles, profiles, press releases, annual reports, advertorials, and business and marketing material for magazines, newspapers, newsletters, websites, etc.;

manage all aspects of newsletter and annual report content, design and production for businesses, associations and nonprofit organizations; and

provide proofreading, copy editing and critiques for magazines, books, newsletters, marketing collateral and organizations;

and present webinars/seminars and workshops on freelancing, editing and proofreading, websites, nonprofit development, and more.

Professional activities

Current and recent projects include:

  • write feature articles and profiles for Brighton News and AIIP and ACES newsletters; feature articles for (585), Signature, Facilities Manager, Upstate New York Gardener's Journal, Life in the Finger Lakes, Sculpture Review, and the American Animal Hospital Association's Trends magazines, among others; a marketing column for an online e-newsletter for veterinarians; freelancing posts for the Society for Technical Communication and An American Editor blogs; general posts for a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper blog;

  • write, edit and lay out/desktop–produce newsletters for the Decorative Arts Society, Brighton Schools Alumni Association, Huguenot Heritage, Editorial Freelancers Association, APPA, Unique Resources contracting company and more;

  • proofread and edit for a law firm with offices around the U.S., real estate brokerage, PR firm in the legal field, Corning Museum of Glass, American Statistical Association's CHANCE magazine, 1sixty8 media; Glass Line and Washington Gardener magazines; and self-publishing authors, among others;

  • provide media relations and website updates to the Decorative Arts Society, Brighton Schools Alumni Association, Communication Central and Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists;

  • organize annual conferences and other programs for Communication Central, a professional-development business; and

  • present workshops, in-person speeches and seminars, and webinars about newsletters, websites, editing, freelancing, grammar and nonprofit management for a local writers’ center, several national membership and trade associations, and other organizations.

Contact me today to discuss what I can offer your organization or publication!

Background and education

Born and raised in Rochester, NY; went from city grade school to Brighton Central School District, graduating from Brighton High School.

Studied comparative literature at Indiana University-Bloomington and French at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). BA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. One year as Ford Fellow in University of Missouri-Columbia’s graduate program in journalism.

Started writing for pay and launched a literary magazine in high school; freelanced on the side from 1974-’85 while holding full-time communications positions with:

Urban League of St. Louis (community organizer)

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St. Louis Argus newspaper (staff reporter)

Washington University’s Record newsletter (editor)

R&D Mexico magazine (assistant editor)

American National Metric Council (communications manager)

(Washington) DC General Hospital (chief of publications)

Full-time freelance writer, editor and proofreader since 1985.


  • Named one of Brighton Connections magazine’s "Inspiring Women of our Community"

  • Big Pencil Award from Writers & Books for being "A teacher of adults who has inspired the creation and appreciation of literature" and has "contributed significantly in the advancement, creation, and understanding of literature in the Rochester (NY) community."

  • Writing and editing awards from APEX, Editor's Forum and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

  • Philip M. Stern Award for outstanding service to other freelancers from Washington Independent Writers

  • Communicator of the Year for contributions to IABC/DC

Firm believer in the value of networking (often called the queen of networking!) – active member of: