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the Divine
Formal and informal education

~ BA 1976, Ramapo College of NJ, Inter-cultural/European (Russian) Studies

– Summer outgoing to USSR 1974, Odyssey

– Summer Slavic Language Institute 1976, Indiana University

~ Graduate fellowship 1976-79, Princeton Uni-versity, Sociology (Soviet Society)

– Biblical Hebrew sum-mer 1997, Princeton Theological Seminary

–  Certificate in Christian Theology 1998, Newark School of Theology
Barbara Kellam-Scott
My career as bkswrites spans more than three decades, half of that on staff and all of it active as a freelancer.      I won a number of individual and publication awards while on the staff of Bellcore’s exchange magazine, and after two years providing speechwriting and other communications support to CEO George H. Heilmeier, left Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies) and resumed producing exchange for five years as a solo consultant. Awards at Bellcore include many from my peers in the Society for Technical Communication (NYC chapter and national), and from the state business organizations NJ-IABC and ARC. 
Freelance credits include features and essays in trade magazines, local advertisers and a regional antiques paper, and occasional hits in as big time as the Boston Globe and Hartford Courant. Samples of my writing — on subjects as diverse as helping children sleep better and removing asbestos from your home — can be reviewed in my portfolio as bkswrites on, where I cut my ebook and web-content teeth and bid to make e-books more usable and readable. A wide variety of my writing has been published on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. 
When Yahoo! published the first Web-specific style guide, one of my tutorials based on it was recognized with a copy.  In late 2012, I began my own grammar blog and Twitter feed, bkswriteous. In addition to my own publications at and for Kindle, I've served as production editor to professionalize Goldfinch, the literary journal of the nonprofit Women Who Write, Inc.
“I read books differently since I’ve been in the book club with you.”
“So. Barbara. What was wrong with this one?”
In two women’s book clubs, I've traded the writer’s view for readers’ insights to enrich my own writing. That goes as well for my attendance as one of the only published participants in two writing critique groups. I know how to tell other writers, even in genres foreign to me, what’s best about their work and what can be better.
Elder, Writer in Residence, Presbytery of the Palisades
Whether in a traditional worship setting, an intensive retreat, or an act of collective public scholarship, my passion for engaging the ancient sources of Judeo-Christian tradition and the people who have witnessed to God’s presence in their lives energizes exegesis and opens new windows on tradition, scholarship, and the practice of faith.
My leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been informal, other than one year as moderator of Semper Reformanda and another year on the leadership board of the Witherspoon Society, after the two organizations reunited.
Hoper-in and prayer-for Shalom
Here we come full circle to my current writing, concentrated in biblical exegesis and fiction, which may be based in Bible stories or show a less direct connection to religious tradition. But all of my stories and projects grow out of an ethical concern to explore the relationships that engage humanity with the divine, by whatever name that force may be known, through whatever practices divinity may be approached.
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