An independent writer in many different media, Barbara Trainin Blank brings sensitivity, intellectual curiosity, a clear and lively writing style, and love of words to every project. She has won praise for presenting complex ideas lucidly and her conscientiousness, as well as for establishing easy rapport with her diverse interview subjects and clients.
An experienced journalist who began her career at Cosmopolitan magazine, Trainin Blank is a contributing writer or regular contributor to regional publications such as Business2Business, Harrisburg and Business Woman magazines; the Patriot-News and the Carlisle Sentinel, both dailies; and to national publications such as Hadassah, Naamat Woman, and the web site: citytowninfo.com . She was a longtime theater critic for the Patriot and writes an arts column for ShowcasePA and theater previews for the Sentinel.
Trainin Blank has contributed articles, reviews and features to many national publications, including the Forward, Health, Lifestyles, Emergency Medicine, and to such regional and local publications, as Central PA and…
Susquehanna Style Magazines and Central Penn Business Journal. She has collaborated with such firms as Editorial Enterprises, Inc.; Sand Associates, a nonprofit consultant; and PR Works, Inc., in Harrisburg.
The second editition of the Encyclopedia Judaica–released December 2006–includes an entry on Harrisburg, Pa., researched and penned by her.
Trainin Blank has written press releases and promotional materials for such nonprofits as Hershey Medical Center, UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, and Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, and award-winning grant applications for nonprofits, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg (capital campaign, from the Weinberg Foundation) and its affiliates, including Jewish Family Service–for its Mynd Works clinic (children with learning disorders) and a children’s play room.
She has undertaken copyediting, editing, writing and ghostwriting projects for Stackpole Books, Mary K Interiors, CDMS, and other individuals, businesses and nonprofits. Trainin Blank copyedited George Marshall: Rubrics of Leadership (Stewart Husted) for the U.S. Army War College Foundation; Being the Change about local leaders, by Laura Starke; and Just Don’t Do It! by Prof. Gary Grobman. She regularly proofreads and copyedits manuscripts for the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and is consulted frequently about books in progress by other clients.
Winner of two Rockower Awards for journalism, a nonfiction award in a regional literary contest and an “Addy” for special newspaper sections at the Montgomery Advertiser-Alabama Journal, Trainin Blank has a complete novel in her files and others in various stages of conception. Several of her short plays have been “workshopped” at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg, Theatre Harrisburg, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the annual conference of Association for Jewish Theater, Cicada Festival, and the Carlisle Theatre, the latter presenting her award-winning play “Honeymoon: Hit or Miss.” Two of her full-length children’s musicals (with composer Lindy Mack) have been presented at Gretna Theatre, a professional venue.
Trainin Blank has taken postgraduate writing courses at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and Penn Writers and is a member of PAPA–Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania–and the Association for Jewish Theatre. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society and Freelancers Union.
Words of clients: Thank you so much for the warm and wonderful article that you wrote for the Harrisburg Business2Business August issue. You are a real professional!
Renardo (Rick) Hicks, Stevens & Lee law firm.
Nice article. It has enough information but is not overwhelming to the lay reader. — John Messmer, M.D.