Small Town Girl Busts Out

I am a travel writer and copywriter from Seattle, Washington, and I’m excited to go on assignment, either from my computer at home or on a real airplane, to any part of this amazing world to write the article that sells your business, your service, your product or your brand. I will bring the enthusiasm, energy and experience that will make your company’s materials speak to and connect with your clients or website visitors. Contact me at (206) 295-5609

Small Town Girl Busts Out of Town

I am a small town girl from Port Orchard, Washington, who busted out of the place so I could see the world. I have traveled extensively starting out as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. I traveled on breaks to Panama, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia as well as throughout Costa Rica. These two years abroad were my undoing in the sense that I have continued to have wanderlust ever since. This relates to my writing because it means I have experience working with people from all over the world. Their stories have shaped who I am and how I relate to the world and, more importantly, to the world of travel. This is my “Unique Selling Proposition.”  

Teaching at the University of Washington, Seattle

After another degree and a second stint with the Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1985, I returned to Seattle to teach at the University of Washington, a career spanning 30 years. I specialize in teaching research and writing skills to international students, conducting teacher training, and working in other international programs. The upshot? I know how to write. I know how to do solid research. I know how to ask important questions. I understand that different audiences require different messages.

U.S. Department of State

During my 30-year tenure at the University of Washington, I have had the great fortune to participate in two short-term teacher training positions with the U.S. Department of State, one in southern India for 6 months, and the next a 3-month stint in Baku, Azerbaijan. I am a professional who respects deadlines and project-focused work. I have been held to very high standards in my professional life, and will hold these same standards in our work together. 

Jazz as a Second Language

In 2008, in conjunction with faculty from the University of Washington School of Music, I developed and co-led, for three consecutive summers, a study abroad program for UW students, Jazz in Paris. UW Students enjoyed a month in Paris in July, listening to world class jazz artists at the Paris Jazz Festival, conducting their own research projects, and, generally speaking, HAVING A BLAST!  The take-away? I understand the process of working with others and completing a project from start to finish, with attention to detail and striving for excellence.

The French Riviera

For the past 15 years, I have spent a month every summer in Paris and on the French Riviera with my family and on solo voyages. I recently published a guide to the French Riviera as well as a second beginner’s guide to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming & Start Packing

The Beginner’s Guide to the Olympic Peninsula: Exploring the Wild Beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


So, I understand the writing process from start to finish. I meet deadlines, and I am a consummate professional. I would love to help write the materials you need to reach your clients. Let’s talk!

Mary Kay Seales  (206) 295-5609 




Mary Kay with the teachers in her workshop in Coimbatore, India, 2011