Bill Woodwell is an independent writer and consultant who helps clients communicate effectively about their work, their impact, and their vision for smart and innovative social change. He partners with many of the nation's leading foundations and nonprofits to develop compelling messages and stories, spot-on strategies, and materials and content that inspire action to create a better, cleaner, fairer world.
Offering top-notch writing, messaging and editorial services to help clients enlighten and engage key audiences.
Powerful and cogent writing is Bill Woodwell’s stock-in-trade. Over the years, he has served as the go-to writer for a wide variety of organizations and their leaders. Clients look to Bill to craft persuasive and engaging speeches, presentations, op-eds, blogs, reports, web and marketing copy, internal communications, and more.
Bill has experience designing and managing communications and public relations campaigns for a range of organizations, from foundations and national nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He regularly works with clients to develop messages that will resonate with key audiences, along with strategies to make those messages stick.
Bill’s clients often look to him to turn sloppy, blasé and jargony prose into strong narrative text and compelling copy. His focus as an editor: helping clients deliver their messages and stories with concision, clarity and maximum impact.
Bill's first paid writing gig was as a cub reporter during college at a Western Pennsylvania newspaper, where he staffed the obit desk and covered the county fair and other local goings-on. After graduating, he landed a job in a U.S. Senate press office in Washington. From day one on Capitol Hill, he was writing press releases, op-ed articles, speeches, press statements, talking points and other communications about the urgent issues of the day. Bill subsequently served as press secretary in the national office of the League of Women Voters.
Before long, Bill became an account supervisor at a Washington PR firm, designing and implementing national, regional and local media campaigns for a client roster that included private companies, national nonprofits, foundations and government agencies.
Since starting his own writing and consulting business, Bill has worked with a range of organizations and their leaders. He helps clients tell their stories and create compelling messages, materials and content to drive action and awareness on key issues from health equity to education, voting rights and gun violence. Bill regularly writes speeches, op-eds, reports, blogs, brochures, web and marketing copy, and more, while also consulting with clients about their communications strategies and messaging.
Bill lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Kim, and two children, Josie and Dean. He is the author of Coming to Term: A Father’s Story of Birth, Loss and Survival, an account of the premature birth of his and Kim’s twin daughters, Josie and Nina. The 2001 book received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews; Publishers Weekly called it a “riveting, poignant, often piercing account.”
Bill received a BA in English and American literature from Brown University.