Waterford, Virginia by Diane Helentjaris.

2020 Finalist in the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, writer and photographer Diane Helentjaris can usually be found busily working in and around her home base of northern Virginia. She loves this gorgeous Blue Ridge Piedmont and no one is surprised to find its people and viewscapes starring in her writing and photos. Her articles, often featuring artists, women and nonconformists, can be read  in print and online. She frequently contributes to LiveAnArtfulLife.com and Medium.com. Active in the writing community, Diane is a member of the Round Hill Writers Group, Pennwriters, and the Hellenic Writers Group of Washington, DC. She speaks to other writers about the craft, delving into ethics, writing process and article writing. This year Pennwriters tapped her to serve as a judge in the Pennwriters Annual Writing Competition.

A photographer since childhood, Diane uses her photos to illustrate many of her publications.  She has exhibited in national juried photography shows and won various competitions. Diane is currently a featured photographer for Unsplash, Adobe, Shutterstock and Getty’s iStock. Within the first month of sharing a small (less than forty) collection of her photos on the Unsplash site, her images rose to be in the ten percent of traffic. Within the first three months, her popular photos garnered over 500,000 views and over 1800 downloads.

Born and raised in southern Ohio, she was educated in the cold of Michigan and Quebec. Diane earned her BA cum laude in Interdisciplinary Humanities as well as her M.D. from Michigan State and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  She also studied science at McGill University in Montreal.

As a physician, Diane Helentjaris served, among other leadership roles, as the national President of the American Medical Women’s Association. Diane has represented the organization in multiple national health advocacy activities  including White House and Congressional meetings and testifying at the FDA. During her service with the Virginia Department of Health, she held state-level leadership positions including serving as the Maternal Child Health Director, Director of Family Health Services, and Director of H1N1 Response. She received Our Health’s Annual Award of Excellence and Community Leadership.  She has taught graduate-level public health management at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As a freelancer, Diane Helentjaris can help you with your writing needs. This service includes ghostwriting, blog posts, grant submission editing and white papers. She also is available for speaking engagements. Contact Diane directly at helentjari@aol.com.