Natalie Reid (MA, TESOL) has been teaching English language skills throughout Europe, Japan, the Pacific, and the U.S. for over 20 years, specializing in academic writing, journal analysis, and technical writing. She designs and delivers customized courses and workshops for clients that include universities, social research institutes, U.S. government agencies, and private corporations. Her American clients have included the Peace Corps and the Smithsonian Institution. Since the early 2000s she has primarily concentrated on teaching academic writing to, consulting with, and editing papers and books for European social scientists and other professionals.
Her most recent book is Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists, Revised Edition (Albuquerque: Professional Publications Press, 2018). This unique combination of textbook and reference work gives its readers the analytical, contextual, and structural tools—along with stylistic tricks of the trade—for achieving their publication goals (see The Book). The book represents the core of two of her courses, Academic Writing and Journal Analysis.
She is also the author of three books on American English language and culture for a Japanese audience and the coauthor of the bilingual Dictionary of English Phrasal Usage (Tokyo: Taishukan, 1986). In addition to having taught English as a second language in the International Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley, she has also designed and taught language training workshops for native speakers of English in both the public and private sectors.
Natalie edits professional papers, academic books and anthologies, and research grant proposals for those who have taken her courses or who have read and applied the writing strategies in Getting Published in International Journals. She was a research assistant and language consultant to Leon Litwack on his Pulitzer Prize-winning historical work, Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery, and worked with him on Trouble in Mind.
Natalie now lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, for its Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program. She also presents and lectures at national and international conferences, and writes articles and essays for literary publications and anthologies.
1983—Present: Head of Written Communications Consulting Firm
Instruction and Consultation Services:
- Designs and delivers customized writing training courses and workshops to the academic, corporate, and public sectors in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific. Teaches participants to produce well-organized, focused, readable, and publishable documents, and to reduce writing time without sacrificing accuracy or clarity.
Course content includes concept development; the outlining, patterning, and sequencing of data; grammar; and the psychology of reading.
- Provides training to managers in managing staff writing, particularly the writing of those who process information differently.
- Provides consulting services in academic writing, journal analysis and other written language skills to staff and students at corporations, research institutes, and universities in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific:
- assesses and troubleshoots in-house writing problems
- provides one-on-one consultation and tutorials with social researchers, business executives, scientists, and other professionals
- Substantive editing or copyediting (or both) of professional papers, books, textbooks, grant proposals, etc. Examples follow:
- Leon Litwack's Pulitzer Prize-winning Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery and Trouble in Mind (both Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)
- Garbi Schmidt's Islam in Urban America (Temple U. Press, 2004) (for a general English-speaking readership)
- Citizenship in Nordic Welfare States, Bjørn Hvinden and Håkan Johansson (eds.) (Routledge, 2007)
- The Europeanisation of Social Protection, Jon Kvist and Juho Saari (eds.) (Policy Press, 2007)
- Human Rights, Dignity and Autonomy in Health Care and Social Services: Nordic Perspectives, Aasen, H.S., Halvorsen, R. and da Silva, A.B. (eds.) (Belgia: Intersentia, 2009)
- Those Good Gertrudes: A Social History of Women Teachers in America, Geraldine J. Clifford (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2014)
- Developmental editing of doctoral dissertations, professional papers, etc. Examples follow:
- Edits academic and technical papers for U.S. and European social researchers, scientists, and other professionals
- Completely edited—including reorganization and suggestions for rewrite—an award-winning 350-page multidisciplinary (biochemistry, neurocognitive sciences, systems dynamics, and psychology) graduate thesis on the nature of consciousness in autism
- Helped the American Red Cross rethink, reorganize, and reformat its Blood Services Directives, which control the taking, testing, shipping, and storing of blood and blood products
2011—present: Lecturer, VSPA (Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs) Program
University of California, Berkeley
- Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists, Revised Edition (Albuquerque: Professional Publications Press, 2018)
- Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists (Oslo: NOVA, 2010)
- Making Changes: Towards the 21st Century (Tokyo: Asahi Press, 1998)
- Making Changes: American Youth in the 1990s (Tokyo: Asahi Press, 1992)
- Dictionary of English Phrasal Usage (Tokyo: Taishukan, 1986; bilingual, 975 pp.)
M.A. San Francisco State University
English/Teaching English as a Second Language
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
- Short fiction, nonfiction, essays, and book reviews in literary and other publications and anthologies
- National Writers Union
- Editorial Freelancers Association
- TESOL International