What Has Debra Leigh Been Up To?

....an “artivist and edu-preneur”, a professional writer, playwright, singer, film-maker, educator, dramaturg, editor, arts administrator, public speaker and activist, often all at the same time. 

In addition to her own creative work, Debra Leigh is passionate about working with other artists.  She founded Hidden River Arts over two decades ago, and has grown the organization so that it now includes gallery events, an independent small press, yearly writing competitions, outreach and educational activities.  Wanting to be a "creative catalyst" for other artists, Debra is dedicated to helping other creative people to grow and develop. In addition to Hidden River's activities, Debra also works individually with fellow writers, with manuscript consultation, all levels of editing, and developmental support at all stages, from concept through to publication and on to promotion.  It's all about creative growth and discovery.  

One of her recent projects is a documentary film and companion book, both called 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America, which addresses the corporate colonization of academic culture in the U.S. - and now increasingly happening around the world.  She continues with her fiction and dramatic writing; there are always many projects in development at the same time. 

As if that isn't enough, Debra Leigh also provides an expansive list of communication, writing and editing services for a select group of clients in various business sectors, with her company, DLS Communications

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As the owner of  DLS Communications, Debra Leigh Scott brings over fifteen years of experience to her clients, offering writing, editing, communications and coaching services.



For her arts and business clients, she has created text for websites, projects and books, for brochures, newsletters, PR and proposals.  She provides writing, editing and other communication services for a variety of clients in all industries, including medical, scientific and technical industries, architectural and graphic design.  She writes text for interviews, speeches and presentations, for lectures and tributes. She handles successful PR campaigns and oversees events, including readings, conferences, fundraisers, theatrical productions, gallery openings.   Debra Leigh is a skilled ghostwriter, scriptwriter, script consultant and editor.  With over fifteen years of academic teaching experience, Debra Leigh is also an excellent speaker, trainer and facilitator.  


For her publishing clients, Debra Leigh offers a variety of services, focused on the support of small press, indy publishing and the independent writer.  Services include content and copy-editing, proofreading and promotion. She loves to work "deep" with writers, doing developmental editing, helping with early-stage projects.  For the independent author, additional services include ghostwriting, manuscript review and editing, proposal and query writing, as well as assistance with book packaging, cover design and a variety of book promotional possibilities.  

As an award-winning published writer and playwright herself, Debra Leigh is dedicated to writing as an art form. This is apparent in everything DLS Communications offers.  This is not the kind of company which will hide behind an anonymous website, charge you a fee and outsource the work to underpaid writers.  You will get personal, hands-on attention from Debra Leigh herself.  She has provided exceptional event planning services for her clients in a variety of venues, from academic conferences to non-profit fundraisers, from book launches, arts events and openings to corporate conferences.  

Debra Leigh’s coaching services draw from both her educational and her theatre experience, to offer powerful and effective speech, elocution, presentation and delivery guidance to anyone preparing for public speaking, panel discussions, lectures, conference presentations or book tours.  She has coached litigators in effective opening and closing arguments, and has worked with trial advocacy training programs.  She has also provided support for writers about to embark on reading tours.  Our programs have recently expanded to include workshops and webinars in both the medical humanities and the corporate humanities - in response to the growing recognition by experts in these areas of occupation that more exposure to the Liberal Arts and the Humanities is needed, and will deeply enrich professionals operating in occupations across the spectrum.  These courses can also be individualized and offered in private session.  



For international clients, Debra Leigh offers ESL editing and coaching, having worked with individuals from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.   She is always happy to work privately or to offer group instruction and workshops in both writing skills and oral presentation.  Consultations are offered online, by telephone or in person, to suit the needs of each individual client.  



Debra Leigh invites you to email or call her to arrange a free initial consultation.  She is always happy to offer a free thirty minutes to hear the details of your projects, share ideas and discuss ways in which she can offer solutions for your publishing or business needs.  Debra Leigh accepts PayPal for the convenience of both her national and international clients.  To discuss your projects in further detail, please contact Debra Leigh.