Joan Oliver Goldsmith—Ghostwriter, Copywriter, Author

A Passion for Clear, Compelling Words That Get Results

Joan Oliver Goldsmith

It’s a tough world for words these days, so distinguish yourself by hiring the best.





MBA, Carlson Executive MBA program, University of Minnesota

BA, music, Oberlin College


Continuing Education:

  • Writing workshops with: Natalie Goldberg, Lawrence Sutin, Myrna Kostash, and others
  • Music: MacPhail Center for Music and private study in singing and musicianship
  • Language training: French, University Language Center; Spanish, The Spanish Institute
  • Graphic design and software: Normandale Community College


Volunteer Work


Current: Tutor to adults who are learning English and math or are preparing for the G.E.D. or citizenship exam. Franklin Learning Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


1986-2010: Singer with the Minnesota Chorale, performing with the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra


Praise From Satisfied Clients and Editors


“It’s been a delight working with you!

— Paul Scheele, Ph.D., Founding Partner, Learning Strategies Corporation


“Great job on the fresh look, fresh perspective and great writing. The client is thrilled!”

— Erin Gwiazdon, LEVEL Brand


“As editor of Minnesota Law & Politics, I returned to Joan Oliver Goldsmith time and again for smart, well-written stories that showed a full understanding of the subject. Her way with people was the equal of her way with words, so she was often able to get stories others might miss.”

— Steve Kaplan, former editor, Minnesota Law & Politics


“We have decided that you are a ‘strategic business partner’ in every sense of
the word. Our business is more successful today because of our relationship with
Joan Oliver Goldsmith.”

— Dennis L. Nowlin, 3M Health Care Management Services



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