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 LakesSculpture 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)

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 contributed to local literature
  • 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: