Two heads are 

better than one

Patterson Writing Consulting is a qualified joint venture between Tad Patterson and Kelly Winters, a married couple living in St. Paul, MN. 


We launched Patterson Writing Consulting in early 2017 to promote a wider range of writing, research, project management, coaching, and storytelling services. Shortly thereafter we began receiving contracts with non-profit organizations that needed our expertise to write and manage grants, develop board development curriculum, conduct prospect research and align existing narrative with best practices research.

Though our areas of expertise are in youth-serving organizations and education, we have also worked with clients whose specialties lie in human services, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, and economic advancement.


We are currently accepting new organizational clients only.

Meet us


B.A. English (St. Catherine University) | Ed.M. Higher Education Policy and Administration (Harvard University) | Ph.D. in progress Higher Education (University of Minnesota)

Kelly Winters, principal of Patterson Writing Consulting, is a non-profit sector consultant specializing in grant writing, prospect research and grant management services. In addition to grant services, she brings 25 years of experience and academic training in organizational leadership to coaching agencies on board development, organizational storytelling, strategic planning, mission and activity alignment, and program evaluation. Her innovative research on social justice, intersectional policy analysis, community engagement, and equity in higher education has been published in top peer-reviewed research journals. Kelly holds a B.A. in English (St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN) and an Ed.M. in higher education administration and leadership (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA). She is currently an ABD (all but dissertation) Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN).

B.A. English-Rhetoric (Iowa State) | B.S. Mathematics (Iowa State) | M.A. Rhetoric and Professional Communication (Iowa State) | Doctorate Work in Rhetoric, Scientific and Technical Communications (University of Minnesota)

Tad has taught writing and composition in English at schools, colleges, and universities in the United States, China, and Korea. He has worked at the writing center at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. While Tad is eager to work with all writers on any number of topics, he has professional experience and training in MLA documentation style, argumentation, the humanities, mathematics, scientific, and technical communication.

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