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Virginia Tolles


Writer - Editor - Webmaster



I have edited for the United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington and served as senior editor and acting publications supervisor for the latter. I have written and taught writing classes for the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, I have edited the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and academic papers in the fields of engineering, biochemistry, and business administration. My paper on the copyright of photographs was published by Loyola University of Chicago’s Center for Digital Ethics.  I have also written five books (four published), including three historical novels and two anthologies. 


I live in Cajun Country -- South Louisiana. There, ceiling fans turn slowly, sugar cane grows tall, and music is lively. The state bird is the brown pelican, and the state flower is the Magnolia grandiflora.   For extra added excitement, the wayward golfer occasionally manages to hit a ball through my window.



You are a true wordsmith.

– Carin Luke, former supervisor


I just had the opportunity to review your work. This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much.

– Elizabeth Nutter, client



Education and Training


B.A., Mississippi State University
         Major: Political Science
         Focus: Pre-Law, Business Law
         Honors & Activities: 
                  Secretary, Pre-Law Club
                  Invited to join the Drennon Scholars (honorary writer's group sponsored by the English Department)
Technical Editing & Writing, Texas A&M University
         Recommended for master's degree program by Dr. Helen Barthelme
Fundamentals of Technical Writing, University of Memphis
Writing Technical Documents, University of Memphis
Magazine Writing, Northshore Technical Community College
Mystery Writing, Northshore Technical Community College
Screenwriting, Northshore Technical Community College
Travel Writing, Northshore Technical Community College
Writing Descriptive Settings, Northshore Technical Community College
Information Mapping Workshop, Internal Revenue Service
Job Aids Workshop, Internal Revenue Service
Basic Instructor Training, Internal Revenue Service
Test Item Writing Workshop, Internal Revenue Service
Contracting Officer's Technical Representative Training, Internal Revenue Service


Honors and Awards


Honored by the American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II for presentation about the Merchant Marine on my website, Remembering Jack Lord.

Tales Along the Way Home was selected by The Writer’s Edge for inclusion in its report to  publishers.

Volunteer, American Red Cross (Prince William Chapter), Manassas, Virginia

Letter of Appreciation, American Red Cross (Prince William Chapter), Manassas, Virginia

Member, Advisory Board, Virginia Railway Express (commuter rail system)

Promotion to Acting Publications Supervisor, ITT Industries - Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division (Federal Aviation Administration Contractor), Washington DC

Memorandum of Appreciation, Lead, Telecommunications Services Management Team, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington DC

Memorandum of Appreciation, Program Manager, FAA Telecommunications Support Contract, ITT Industries – Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, Washington DC

Memorandum of Appreciation, Publications Group Lead, ITT Industries – Advanced Engineering & Sciences Division, Washington DC

Commitment Letter, Deputy Program Manager, Intellisource Information Services, Washington DC

Member, Friends of the Bull Run Library, Manassas, Virginia

Member, Manassas Museum Associates, Manassas, Virginia

Promotion to Associate Editor, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Fairfax, Virginia

Letter of Appreciation, Chief, Ogden Service Center, Internal Revenue Service, Washington DC

Letter of Appreciation, Chief, Quality Section, Training Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington DC

Member, Joint Functional/Training/Publications Committee to Acquire Braille Publications, Internal Revenue Service, Washington DC

Manager's Award, Chief, Compliance Branch, Training Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington DC

Letter of Appreciation, Chief, Compliance Section/Branch, Internal Revenue Service, Washington DC

Recommendation for Teaching Assistantship, Professor of English, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Letter of Appreciation, Program Analysis Officer, Engineering and Services Center, United States Air Force, Washington DC

Letter of Appreciation, Director of Information Management and Administration, United States Air Force, Washington DC

Letter of Appreciation, Chief, Publishing Division, Directorate of  Information Management & Administration, United States Air Force, Washington DC

Memorandum of Appreciation, Project Officer, Directorate of Program Management and Technology, United States Air Force, Washington DC


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Background photograph by Ian Law (Dreamstime Images)
Copyright (c) 2006-2018, Virginia Tolles