Paula Tarnapol Whitacre

Unsure how to start? Not enough time to finish? Stuck in the middle?

Let me help you bring your idea "full circle."


Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, Writer and Editor

WHY I Am in Business

I began Full Circle Communications in 1996 after many years as a writer, editor, and communications director for associations, companies, and the government. Along the way, I traveled throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia; wrote for The Washington Post; and have been an active volunteer in my now-hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. All these experiences have made me a good listener and a creative thinker. And I am very organized.
I am proud to say that most of my work comes through word-of-mouth and referrals.
People hire me for writing and editing not only because of my skills and adherence to deadlines, but also because I truly take their projects to heart. I become immersed in their subject matter, whether it is HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, biofuels development in Asia, or cancer research in the United States.
I work with clients to help them communicate with their target audiences—and also represent the needs of that audience to the organization. I excel at translating technical information to interested, but not necessarily expert, audiences.

I am author of a biography, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia's Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose. Find out about that aspect of my writing career on my author's website.


  • An understanding of your priorities, political sensitivities, and budget constraints
  • Knowledge of health, environmental, education, political, and business topics
  • Expertise in content strategy and SEO 
  • Strong research and interviewing skills to supplement gaps in my knowledge base
  • Copy and substantive editing expertise, including familiarity with Chicago, APA, AP, and GPO style manuals
  • Unwavering respect of deadlines

What's Next?

Give me a call (703.212.0350) or send me an email. Let's see how we can work together.

Paula Tarnapol Whitacre