"I call her the 'Poet/​Scientist.' It's a compelling combination."
–An editor


On the medical side:
By day I'm a freelance medical writer. For more than seventeen years I've had the opportunity to work on all kinds of interesting medical projects for clients who invite me to part of their project teams. With an undergraduate degree in biology/​chemisty, postgraduate education and certification in laboratory medicine, and clinical experience in labs with test tubes and Petri dishes and as an educator and consultant, I bring a broad and deep knowledge of what can ail the human body and how medicine can address the suffering. I’m not a doctor but as a medical writer, I’m part of the life-giving team. I choose assignments that have scientific integrity, aspire to aesthetic merit, and meet real needs. I am a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Medical Writers Association. Click here to read more about medical writing.


On the creative side:
After hours, which I'm loosely defining as early mornings or late evenings or weekends or other cracks of random time, I do another kind of work: creative writing, spiritual writing, essaying. I don't think of it as a hobby I play around at, or a craft that I've mastered, but rather a spiritual vocation that I practice imperfectly. I write to behold life with an imaginative eye of faith in a way that has a real bearing on how I live. I write to witness divine presence in everyday life, to create bridges from seen to unseen reality and back again. I write in a spirit of doxology and prayer and with an aim toward wholeness and calm. Click here to read more about creative writing.


I hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree in nonfiction writing and am a member of the American Medical Writers Association, the Authors Guild, the Loft Literary Center, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

I live in Minneapolis with my husband. Our two fine sons are grown; they and our two fine daughters-in-law each make me proud every single day.


© 2003–2014. All rights reserved. Nancy J. Nordenson.

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"On the wall of one of the cathedral bays at Saint John's, the one called the Poet's Corner, there is an inscription carved into the stone that quotes Willa Cather: 'Thy will be done in art as it is in heaven.' Amen, I say. And in plumbing and paper pushing and publishing as well. And in teachering and boardmembering and doctoring and bricklaying, for that matter. Or in whatever else it turns out is the work that you and I are given to do by the One who is looking forward to seeing our "stone" in the long-awaited Cathedral."
–Robert Benson, from Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

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