Dorothy Sasso

Freelance Writer

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Dorothy Sasso

Freelance writer, editor, proofreader and researcher. I am an Arts & Entertainment, Lifestyle and Health & Wellness writer. I write book reviews, event previews, personal essays and features. I am experienced in conducting interviews and covering events. I'm a pop culture junkie always on the hunt for new books to read and TV shows to obsess over.

You can find my book reviews at and learn more about my novel in progress at


FAMILY: Deciphering Second Child Syndrome for Parents

To grow or not to grow?
She's It Link to Story

HEALTH: Research the best birthing method for you

To induce or not to induce?
She's It Link to Story

HEALTH: Nature Deficit Disorder – Getting Our Fix of the Great Outdoors

Spring has finally arrived, but this March has gone both in and out like a lion, knocking out the power and trapping people indoors for days at a time. We might not realize it, but all this inside time may be having drastic effects of our children—and ourselves. In 2005, journalist Richard Louv published a book called “Last Child in the Woods,” in which he coined the phrase “nature deficit disorder.”.

FAMILY: Parenting in the Age of Pinterest & Social Media

If you don’t have young kids, you might not be aware that St. Patrick’s Day has become a THING. What do you mean, you might be thinking? Wasn’t it always a thing? Think back to can you buy lasix over the counter. What happened on St. Did you pull out a green shirt? Maybe wear a shamrock pin? Dye some food green?

HEALTH: Reflecting on My Year-long Healthy, Wellthy Journey

Looking Back to Look Ahead A year ago, I was reeling from seeing pictures from my daughter’s first birthday photo shoot. I barely recognized myself. My face was puffy and my clothes were tight—I was far from a picture of health. Over the last year, I have worked... Summertime Fun Do you remember being a kid where the summer stretched out long before you?

FAMILY: Summertime Struggles – Keeping Kids Entertained

Do you remember being a kid where the summer stretched out long before you? Every day was more glorious than the last. You played outside all day, went to camp, swam and rode your bike everywhere. Dinners were grilled and you got to stay up past your bedtime, playing outside until the sun set. Those were the days.

FAMILY: The Woes and Wins of Parenting a “Threenager”

“It’s like a switch gets turned on and your sweet two year old morphs into a terror. Three is horrible!”. My sister-in-law said something to the effect of these words when I was complaining about the challenges I was facing with my 2.5 year old. Our children are just under 9 months apart, which means that I get previews of everything that lies ahead of me as a parent from the good to the bad to the ugly.

INSPIRATION: Stepping into the Limelight with Amy Poeppel

Growing up, my most treasured dream was to see a book with my name on it on a shelf at Barnes & Noble. I wrote constantly throughout middle and high school. In college, I majored in writing, with the hopes of turning my written ramblings into something coherent that people would actually want to read.

FAMILY: Choosing to Stay Home with the Kids… For Now

Two of my close friends are currently preparing to end their maternity leaves. For the last three or four months, they have been home with their newborns, recovering from giving birth and learning how to be a parent. But now, their back-to-work dates are quickly approaching. Having not yet returned to work myself, I’m always curious about how parents are feeling about reentering the workforce.

Education: Taking a Look at the State of Education in America

Even since before I had children, I was interested in play. I did a lot of reading on how important play is to a child’s development and how children need time to play independently. It has always been important to me to allow unstructured time for my children to explore their surroundings and avoid over-scheduling them in a million activities.

FAMILY: Ana Marjanovic-Shane Talks the Freedom of Play

Educational scholar Ana Marjanovic-Shane has very strong opinions about the state of education in America. Her background lies in the study of metaphor, her original academic interest, but that evolved to focus on the importance of play for children and its implications on their development. “I was interested in language, how language developed and I started being very interested in metaphor that children produce and understand, because it was almost like a great puzzle,” she recalls.

FAMILY: Never Underestimate the Necessity of Naps

I belong to several mom groups on Facebook—where parents drop in to ask questions about everything from introducing solids to potty training—where they discuss their post-partum bodies and arrange playdates. All too frequently, I see questions about sleep, particularly naps. When do you put an infant on a nap schedule?


Dorothy Sasso

I have been telling stories my whole life. I was a highly imaginative child who was endlessly inventing creative games.

I started writing short stories very early on, and eventually worked up to starting my first novel in high school. While the book itself was highly derivative of the fantasy novels I had been reading at the time, my submission of the work in progress led to my placement in an advanced freshman writing class at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, I pursued a writing and history degree, which I earned in 2003.

My first job was as an editorial assistant at "Soap Opera Digest." Initially, At the magazine, I worked my way up to being the co-editor for "The Young and the Restless" and eventually "Guiding Light".

During my time at "Soap Opera Digest", I earned a Masters of Science in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12). Afterwards, I spent 8 years as a history teacher, but never gave up my love of writing.

I introduced a major research term paper into the 8th grade curriculum, as well as regular essays, which helped to hone my proofreading and editing skills. I also put together my own sourcebooks to use in place of textbooks, which were compiled from a variety of sources. This included a writing guide. Additionally, I helped to streamline a writing curriculum for the middle school History, English, and Science classes.

In 2014, I left teaching to raise my daughter. I had kept a book review blog from 2011-2014, which drew the attention of the Arts and Entertainment editor for the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. She brought me on as the paper's weekly book reviewer. Over time, my responsibilities evolved to include a weekly events preview for Philadelphia and New York, as well as a monthly Local Author Spotlight.

My work at the Times Leader included interviews, transcriptions, event previews and features on a variety of subjects.

I have also written for The Weekender, a weekly publication that is part of the Times Leader, Geekadelphia,, and

Currently, I write for She's It, a Lifestyle Technology website for women and for Geekadelphia, "Philly's premier geek blog, primarily covering passionate topics such as film, comics, literature, video games and technology with a local focus."

I am also working on a novel, The Maybe Baby Club. Visit to learn more.

I look forward to taking on more freelance opportunities in writing, research, proofreading and editing.



  • Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Research