Through her company, Megmaker Communications, she helps businesses, nonprofits, and individuals connect with constituents and communicate their values directly and persuasively. An accomplished narrative journalist and visual storyteller, she manages teams to create compelling, multi-channel narratives that connect people to ideas—and to each other.
Meg’s own freelance nonfiction writing focuses on culture and lifestyle topics, and she’s especially passionate about traditional foodways, the human connection to landscape, and the intersection of nature and culture. She travels extensively in Europe and the New World to conduct research and interviews.
Meg’s writing has earned mention by Eric Asimov/The New York Times, Andrew Sullivan/Daily Beast, Maria Popova/Brain Pickings, BuzzFeed, Apartment Therapy/TheKitchn, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Industry Insight, The Browser, and many other publications.
Her own website, Maker’s Table, was awarded Best Writing and was a finalist for Best Post of the Year in the 2015 Wine Blog Awards; Meg was also previously a finalist in 2013 (Best Writing) and 2012 (Best Post). Maker’s Table was honored as a Top Wine News Blog in the 2014 Millésima Awards.
Meg is a juried member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the national organization of independent nonfiction writers whose 1,300 members have met ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement. She is also a professional member of the James Beard Foundation, the Wine Scholar Guild, the Society of Wine Educators, and the Guild of Sommeliers. A Certified Specialist of Wine, she leads tastings and teaches classes about wine, wine pairing, and sensory evaluation.
She earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Visual Studies and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies/Creative Writing, both from Dartmouth College. Her graduate work focused on creative nonfiction and personal narrative, and her thesis, “Making It Home,” was a account of the effort to find, fix, remake, and remake again her home in rural New Hampshire. The manuscript received the 2011 Nicholas Byam Shaw Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing.
Meg is available for freelance writing assignments, particularly those covering wine, food, travel, culture, and writing. She also welcomes inquiries for consulting, speaking, and teaching engagements. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find her essays about culture and the craft of writing here on megmaker.com. Find her essays about food, wine, and the pleasures of the table on her award-winning website, makerstable.com. Find her full résumé and publications list on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter @megmaker.
Meg Houston Maker, MA, CSW
11 Preston Road, Lyme, NH 03768 USA