Barbara Saunders is an award-winning writer with over thirty years experience helping professionals communicate via the written word. A veteran of writing teams in Fortune 500 companies, she excels at supporting subject-matter experts in producing books, papers, manuals, and web content on complex subjects. As a writing coach and developmental editor, she articulates writing techniques with clarity and humor, aiding writers to communicate clearly and find their unique voice.
While studying psychology at Stanford University, she took courses in the multidisciplinary concentration Science, Technology, and Society. That sparked an interest that has permeated a variety of her jobs over the years — fitness training, substance abuse counseling, and veterinary program management as well as writing and editing about topics ranging from ozone laundry systems and data warehousing to opioid addiction treatment to feeding cats.
Barbara initially trained to become a psychotherapist, garnering critical “soft” skills in listening, interviewing, and helping people translate clusters of thoughts into words, and words into coherent stories. She learned to guide others to recognize and overcome the mental “noise” that often impedes verbal communication. Barbara transitioned into editorial work via a large software company, as member of a technical publications department that produced three books for each of seven operating systems in print and on CD every six months.
Her superpower is maintaining the links between ideation, development, production, and distribution of content.
Barbara is the author of Ivan Pavlov: Exploring the Mysteries of Behavior, co-author of No-Regrets Remodeling from the publishers of Home Energy magazine, and a contributor to In Trust, a quarterly publication for higher-education leaders in the U.S. and Canada. She has received awards for writing from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Bay Area Poets Coalition, and the Cat Writers Association.
Barbara grew up in Westchester County, New York and currently lives in Berkeley, California with her dog, Hannah. Her professional North Star is her favorite childhood book, William Pène du Bois’ The Twenty-One Balloons, a utopian novel that mixes technical writing and illustration with social satire in a package so clear and entertaining that it won the 1948 Newbery Medal for American literature for children. In her spare time, Barbara writes and performs poetry, plays, and stories, and studies for her third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.