Freelance writer and graphic designer, Christine Emming became a writer at age eight. She’s equally known for her baking and linguistics skills, because making use of that double English degree requires carbs and butter.
Christine founded her design company in 1999 before she graduated college in Lincoln, NE, copywriting and producing ads for higher education clients and an obscure, liberal arts magazine called De Pen. Her poetry was published in The Rockpile, a college arts compilation in 1998 and 1999. Based more on her year of experience at the helm of the school’s newspaper, The Clocktower, and two years’ work for the campus creative group, she expanded into magazine design the following year for a dressage (aka horse dancing) organization. From press releases to event planning, Christine’s marketing jobs ran the full gamut.
A move to Colorado in 2001 switched Christine’s focus to nonprofit work. At the American Animal Hospital Association, an accrediting body for veterinarians, she climbed to Senior Designer of Trends Magazine, winning a gold APEX and silver EXCEL awards for design in 2004, the year she also co-founded a marketing company to promote independent schools. Within a year Alere represented more than 300 schools. Christine, as creative lead, wrote and designed marketing materials, managed design and recruitment employees, and liaised directly with the boards of 38 Colorado schools.
Moving to rural Kansas in 2008, she added now-defunct blogs, Tentative Kansan and Christine Reads, to her five-year run as a recipe blogger (50,000 readers for Veggie Test-Drive) and garnered a wide readership in the publishing world (20,000 readers) with weekly book reviews. She opened a food stand, Sweetly, and lead a bakery start-up, The Coffee Loft, to local fame with a weekly roster of breads and pastries. Living in the country offered the chance to jumpstart her writing career beyond the blogging world. She began a Going Green advice column for health magazine Vibrant Life, attended creative writing classes in the evenings and met with a literary group from the University of Kansas.
In Colorado again Christine began a Meetup group to build local community following the births of her children. She capped the group at 150 members, added a membership fee, and hosted over 650 events before shuttering the officlal group in 2017. The community, still alive, has moved to Facebook.
Christine runs a selective freelance graphic design and writing business. In 2016 she won a gold EXCEL award for the design of PULSE magazine, an ongoing contract client. Her writing appears bimonthly in Vibrant Life magazine on the topic of simple living, and she wakes at 5am to tackle creative work before homeschooling her two kids, ages eight and six. Christine lives outside of Denver, where she bakes on the regular, reads, knits, hosts potlucks and gatherings, and crafts with friends. Her cinnamon rolls are epic.
Yes, Christine is currently writing books. Several. She’s also accepting freelance writing assignments with generous timelines, giving preference to recurring work and/or community-building themes.
Yes, she also does magazine layout on the regular and is open to discussing additional projects as commitments allow.
Still have questions? Christine can be reached at 303-nine four nine-7517 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.