About Chris Zook

Professional Copywriter and Editor

I draw on a 25-year background of writing and editing a wide variety of materials, intended for promotional, inspirational, and scholarly purposes. I pride myself on being dependable, trustworthy, discreet, and responsive to my client's needs.

I am particularly skilled at adapting the style of writing to the needs of the client or author, resulting in text that is clear, concise, and engaging.

As a freelance copywriter for over 12 years, I have written scores of blog posts, e-newsletters, grant narratives, press releases, website pages in areas ranging from cultural nonprofit to high-tech commercial.

I have also edited and proofed numerous books on various topics, including business, history, education, health, and self-help.

A certified yoga instructor, I am also well-versed in a wide variety of holistic health, mind-body, and spiritual practices.

My Background

Editing and Writing

Since starting my freelance business, The Conscious Writer, over 12 years ago, I’ve worked for various nonprofit organizations, including Balboa Park, other local and national nonprofit organizations, self-publishing authors, and both small and large businesses. From 2015 to 2018, I served a full term as president of the San Diego Professional Editors Network.
 

PR and Communications

Prior to starting my freelance business, I was the Interim Director of Communications and Senior PR Officer at the San Diego Museum of Art, where I wrote and edited press materials, web content, marketing collateral, and e-newsletters for seven years.
 

Magazine Editing/Production 

I served as editor-in-chief of the San Diego Museum of Art’s quarterly members magazine, planning, editing, and guiding production for 28 consecutive issues.
 

Academic Career

I received a master’s degree and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I taught and tutored hundreds of students in writing skills. I received my bachelor’s degree in art from Occidental College in 1989.
 

Continuing Education

I’ve supplemented my work experience and academic background with coursework in UCSD Extension’s Copyediting Certificate Program, and I am an active member of the San Diego Professional Editors Network and other editors and writers groups.

Samples

A select listing of published books I've edited can be found on my Pinterest board.

Press Releases

Balboa Park Conservancy Tree Planting
Patient Aider App