At an early age, Jan McBride discovered that writing came somewhat natural to her.  She especially enjoyed reading and writing poetry. At the age of seven, Jan wrote her first (unpublished) short story.  As she grew older, she continued to develop her craft.  In college, Jan worked as a poetry editor on her university's anthology, The Phoenix. As a requirement for a college class project, Jan self-published a collection of poetry titled The Night Train Home.  She had several hundred copies printed, some of which she gave to a number of family members and friends; she sold the rest.


With a BA in Psychology and minors in English, Business Administration and Paralegal Studies, Jan worked in the insurance and legal professions, where she continued to develop her writing skills.  She found that legal writing is a more formal form of creative writing. However, this is not to say that one does not employ creativity when preparing legal documentation.  As a legal assistant/paralegal, Jan became highly proficient preparing simple to more complex legal documents.  For a list of the types of legal documents we prepare for attorneys, please go to our  services  page.  If you do not see the type of writing project you need, please submit an inquiry from our contact  page.  Our goal is to help meet your writing needs.


Aside from working in the insurance or legal professions, Jan once owned and operated a ladies clothing boutique.  While in business, she wore many hats.  Jan especially enjoyed wearing her communications hat,  as she was able to put her writing talents to good use preparing newsletters, sales flyers, and radio advertisements.  Jan says she enjoyed being a small business owner mainly because of the relationships she  developed with her customers.  Each had a number of stories to share.  In part, it was those life stories that sparked Jan's interest in how she might learn to use her writing talents to serve as a personal historian and helping others write their living legacies, or memoirs. 


Until then, Jan prepares ethical wills (nonlegal instruments) for others, or she assists them in the preparation of their ethical will.  Not only has she prepared her own, Jan has also assisted family members and friends with the preparation of their ethical wills.  To learn more about what an ethical will is, please click here.   Once you have read a little about them, scroll down the webpage to hear more about them on Talk of the Nation, a broadcast sponsored by NPR News Radio.  After you have heard this wonderful talk, please contact us to let Jan help you get you started on preparing your own ethical will. 


In addition to Jan's already busy schedule, she has been a frequent community volunteer.  She serves as Bylaws Chair for the Santa Barbara Jazz Society (SBJS). However, she has also served a number of terms as Secretary on the SBJS  Executive Committee. Jan has also volunteered for a number of other organizations, including the Santa Barbara Outdoor Center. Currently, Jan is a member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications and the Institute of World Culture.  Jan is also the creator and administrator of a Facebook group called Music Scene Santa Barbara. If you are ever in the Santa Barbara area and looking for some terrific live jazz or other live music performances, Music Scene Santa Barbara is a good place to start. 


Regardless of the careers or varied interests she has pursued, Jan has always cultivated her writing, editing, proofreading and technical skills.  When she is not working, you might find Jan curled up reading a good book, writing another poem, walking with her husband on a nearby beach, listening to live jazz in her own backyard or other neighborhoods near and far, or simply spending quality time with her family and friends.

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