About Joan Kremer

Professional Background:

  • 25 years as instructional designer and business writer/consultant
  • 5 years as editor of a regional daily newspaper
  • 7 years as a stringer for a major-market daily newspaper
  • 4 years as reporter, columnist, and editor for weekly newspaper
  • Co-founder and editor of a well-reviewed regional photojournalism magazine focused on the environment
  • Author of Writers In The virtual Sky, a blog reporting on the writing community and resources and opportunities for writers in Second Life and other online virtual worlds.
  • Co-founder and editor of the web-based literary journal Cezanne's Carrot
  • Author of two books of regional history
  • Co-owner and operations manager for 9 years of a training consulting company with 20 employees
  • Co-founder and vice president of Interactive Inc., a training company specializing in multimedia
  • Business owner or independent consultant since 1982

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1974)
  • Briefly attended University of Chicago Graduate School in English
  • Completed numerous classroom-based and self-study programs in adult learning, instructional design principles and techniques, leadership, team-building, creativity, human potentional, and many other topics
  • Completed numerous writing courses through organizations such as the University of Iowa (Summer Writing Festival), University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Loft Literary Center, and Writers.com and other online writing course providers

Honors & Awards:

  • 2nd Place Winner in 2008 Fiction Contest at The Writers Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Finalist in the 1998 James Jones Fellowship for the Novel-in-Progress
  • 2003 Wisconsin Writers Institute Poetry Contest, third-place
  • Atlantic Monthly College Creative Writing Contest, certificate of merit in poetry
  • Full-tuition merit scholarship to the University of Chicago's Graduate School
  • Awards for newspaper writing
  • Numerous other scholarship awards and nominations

You can reach me via email at: joan@joankremer.com