Work History

Liz prides herself on being a multifaceted and effective communicator able to:

  • Elicit, capture, and—when appropriate—“translate” technical or tough-to-visualize information into more learner-friendly, engaging forms
  • Perform substantive edits and copy edits  according to AMA, AP, Chicago, and The Economist styles
  • Think visually and work closely with e-learning storyboard artists, Web designers, medical illustrators, graphic designers, and video producers/directors to seamlessly marry visuals with text

A team player who accepts editorial guidance as gracefully as she mentors less experienced writers and editors, Liz can:

  • Facilitate and coordinate editorial and administrative processes
  • Identify and find timely solutions to emerging problems
  • Reliably meet deadlines and consistently deliver quality work
Ben Franklin's schedule

Liz is no Ben Franklin, but she blocks out her days with iCal, reflects on best practices, and delivers on time

Freelance Writer / Editor/ Instructional Designer

2003 to present
Write and edit educational materials for medical communications agencies’ pharmaceutical clients, including (for example) e-learning storyboards and instructor-led launch workshop activities for Global Affairs and Sales Training audiences on behalf of Symbiotix. Generate ideas, research content, create or identify public-domain images, and interview subject matter experts in order to write monthly blog posts for the Gokhale Method Institute and Jules Catering. Liz has also written and edited educational, training, and marketing materials for many other clients.
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When Track-Change editing educational materials, Liz empathizes with learners

Total Learning Concepts

1988 to 2002
(TLC has since been absorbed into Publicis Healthcare Communications Group)

Executive Editor

Managed multifaceted projects through all stages of development for TLC, a multimedia publisher of medical-education and sales-training materials for healthcare and pharmaceutical sales professionals; interfaced with clients; budgeted time and resources; managed writers, editors, and consultants.

Senior Writer      

Designed and developed off-the-shelf and custom products; brainstormed, designed, wrote, and edited texts, workshops, coaching guides, assessments, video scripts, audio scripts, computer-based training, and marketing materials.

At TLC Liz partnered with a PharmD to design and write a Clinical Pharmacology Workshop

At TLC Liz partnered with a PharmD to design and write a Clinical Pharmacology Workshop

 

American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

1985 – 1987
(The journal, once published by Weston Medical Publications, has since been sold to SAGE.)

Managing Editor

With editorial board developed ideas for articles and then solicited articles from clinicians and other healthcare specialists.
 Worked closely with authors and oversaw all editorial aspects of journal publication.

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Healthy brain / AD brain

 

Chicago Magazine

1977 to 1980

Editorial Manager                                 

Allocated editorial space and ensured that all segments of the magazine were on schedule. Acted as liaison between editorial, art, production, and advertising departments. Wrote and edited feature stories and columns.

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Rem Koolhaas elevated train tube, Chicago

Rand McNally & Company

1973-1977

Assistant Editor                                                                                          

Assisted in the development of children’s books, from manuscript acquisition to the release of camera‑ready copy and art. Worked and corresponded with authors and illustrators; evaluated manuscripts under consideration for publication; and researched, copy edited, and proofread books under contract.

Detail of title page from an unsolicited story collection Liz helped identify as publishable

Detail of title page from an unsolicited story collection Liz helped identify as publishable

Image Credits:
Ben Franklin’s Schedule, Flickr PhotoStream, Nick Bilton
Slide set from TLC’s Clinical Pharmacology Workshop, Liz Muir
Healthy brain, brain with severe AD, Wikimedia Commons, NIH, public domain
Rem Koolhaas “El” train tube, Chicago, Liz Muir
Rand McNally Trade Children’s Book title page, Liz Muir