Dianne Barske has been a member of Alaska Professional Communicators – formerly Alaska Press Women – for 40 years, since APW member Betzi Woodman brought her to a meeting two weeks after Dianne landed in Anchorage! Membership in this organization has been one of the most cherished aspects of Alaska living for Dianne ever since.
Betzi referred Dianne to several Alaska business publications, and thus Dianne began her Alaskan career as a freelance writer. For many years, she wrote for the monthly newspaper, The Pulse, and now writes monthly features for Senior Voice. Many state and national awards for her writing have come as a result of her memberships in APC and NFPW. She has written and illustrated four children’s books, all award winners, with two of the books receiving first-place awards on the national level. She’s also worked in community relations for Arts Alaska, Hope Community Resources and Providence Hospital, and shown her art work in several Alaskan venues.
She has received both APC’s Spark Plug award and Communicator of Achievement awards, and just last month was given the Gold Nugget award for outstanding professional achievement.
She will talk about the inconceivable way mistakes always manage to slip into her work, despite diligent proofing and editing.