Barbara Field

Barbara Field

Senior Writer and Contributor


  • 40 years of experience in communications, journalism, content marketing, and copywriting
  • Formerly worked on staff for CBS, Harcourt Brace, UC San Diego, and The OpEd Project, a women’s thought leadership initiative that has served over 17,000 people, and partnered with Stanford, Yale, and Dartmouth, among others
  • Freelanced for Microsoft, health tech startups, and agencies
  • B.A. degree in English from Barnard College - Columbia University, where Barbara won awards for her writing

Barbara has worked on staff for stellar organizations like CBS, Harcourt Brace and UC San Diego. She freelanced for Microsoft, health, health tech and other clients. She worked in her early 20s at a senior center and later became a caregiver for her mother. Her experience, especially researching and finding resources for her mother, inspired her to write more about older adults.

She wrote for a senior health tech company, VoiceFriend, about safety checks, communications, heat illnesses, and other issues at senior centers. She also became a contributing writer for Verywell Mind, where she wrote articles about health and wellness and mental health.

Her work has been published in The New York Times, Forbes, AARP, The Girlfriend, Next Avenue (the PBS national publication for older adults), The Independent, Newsday, Shape, New York Daily News, and Yahoo, among other outlets.

Barbara is a former member of the Direct Marketing Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. As a mentor for The Afghan Women's Writing Project, one of her most treasured experiences, she helped amplify Afghan women's voices. She's also a former member of Women's Empowerment International, a microfinancing group that helps women climb out of poverty.

Barbara has been a keynote speaker and presenter for women's and writers' conferences, donor luncheons, museums, and universities. She was recently the keynote speaker for Chapters Health System and Chapters Health Foundation luncheon in support of Good Shepherd Hospice.

Barbara founded Writing Life Stories over five years ago to teach memoir writing to seniors. Specifically, she helps nonwriters who want to leave a legacy for their families. Barbara teaches small, intimate classes online and helps private clients create family memoirs.