Pen & Ink Communications

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ABout Pen & Ink Communications

One thing remains certain – if you need to communicate your message more effectively, focus on what you do best and let a professional expert do the rest.

To obtain a distinctive result and a more effective message, you sometimes need to do things differently. And that may mean calling in someone with more expertise in a particular area.

Pen & Ink Communications has been assisting the business community since 1994 with its promotional message. Mary has more than 35 years of writing experience in addition to a B.A. in Public Relations with a focus in Written Communications. She has been published in international and national magazines, area newspapers, and statewide publications. Her writing ranges from feature/human interest profiles, travel articles, brochures and newsletter copy, to family stories and town histories. In addition, Mary is an accomplished proofreader and is often brought in to read publications and book manuscripts.

Writing family stories/life histories and community/organizational histories is a service Mary provides for families, businesses and towns wanting to create a lasting legacy.


Why consider working with me?

As a client, you'll enjoy a hassle-free experience by turning your project over to me. I'm easy to work with and flexible, which means a painless and stress-free atmosphere for you. Because less resources are required of clients, that frees you up to concentrate on other important things.

By working with me, focused areas for you will be:

  • direction
  • immediate results
  • time savings
  • a product of value

Results driven, clients will benefit by:

  • more clarity
  • more passion
  • more efficiency
  • more consistency in a piece than if they did it themselves.


Menu of Offerings

  • business writing services
  • family story/life histories
  • town social histories
  • organization histories
  • speaking opportunities
  • travel articles on assignment


Book Author

Mary's first book Safe From the Outside World: A Social History of Hanover, Minnesota was published in September 2004 and re-released in 2009.

The two-time award-winning book Culturally Speaking: Promoting Cross-Cultural Awareness in a Post-9/11 World (ISBN: 13: 978-159298-239-4) was released in late 2008.

Her third book Planks of History: Stories of the Crow River and Bridge 92366 was published October 2016.


To learn more about Mary's speaking presentations based upon her book Culturally Speaking, click on the Pen & Ink Services tab or go to for detailed information.

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Historical Society, National Trust for Historic Preservation, International Travel Writers, and a founding member of the Hanover Historical Society


BA in Public Relations with a focus in Written Communications - Metro State University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Associate in Arts degree - Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, Minnesota


For more information, please contact

Pen & Ink Communications
11150 River Road NE
Hanover, MN 55341


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Presentation Testimonials

"This was the most rewarding educational interaction I've had with a group of students, EVER! Honestly, very eyeopening for them, as NONE of them have ever been outside the U.S. You have inspired them to think bigger and past the limits of American mainstream culture. What a perfect way to promote a country and learn firsthand about the complex fabric that intertwines culture and religion. Thank you."

Brenda Butterfield, MSW, instructor

Marriages & Families Worldwide

University of Minnesota-Duluth

"You clearly helped to promote a greater understanding of these two cultures through your well-illustrated and clearly presented PowerPoint program. We at the Alworth Institute appreciate the work that you are doing to enhance both Arab and American understanding of the other. This is so important at a time when simple ignorance can exacerbate political tensions."

Cindy Christian, PhD

Program Associate

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies

University of Minnesota-Duluth

"To have you and Ms. al Sheroogi both on campus to discuss both Ms. Coons' excellent book and the larger issues of truth and perception between our communities was a powerful experience for all who attended. As you said, the future of relations between all sorts of groups and individuals depends on their ability to see each other without preconceived ideas and assmptions. The truth, in many ways, shall set us free."

Marcellus Davis, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Michael Wall, Director of Alumni Relations

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

"I enjoyed the human application of what education can do to bring people together. I think it's so important to have these presentations for people with inaccurate assumptions of the Arab culture and Muslim religion."

Anonymous audience member

Rasmussen College

"I would definitely recommend the speaker. Although Indoc gives us information about the Arab culture, the speaker had more overall information with more cultural information. Indoc needs to include her to help prepare Americans coming to the Middle East to know more about the culture here."

Anonymous military soldier

NSA Bahrain

Kingdom of Bahrain

"Schools should be busting down doors to have her speak. Cultural awareness should be part of every school's curriculum through all grades!"

Anonymous audience participant

Buffalo Unitarian Church

Buffalo, Minnesota

"This lecture was one of the most interesting lectures I have ever attended. It made more sense when Mary told us that Arab was a culture and Islam was a religion, and that culture could rank higher in some cases over the religion."


University of Minnesota - Duluth


"Mary, thank you so much for  hosting our Modern Knowledge School staff here in Bahrain and providing an exceptional presentation. Your footprints are changing the lives of our future and promoting peace." 


Dr. Cynthia Gessling, Director of Curriculum

Modern Knowledge School, Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain


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