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Over the course of my seven year foray into professional writing, I applied a versatile skill set to work in journalism, marketing, public relations, blogging, event planning and education. The following writing samples represent a diverse writing portfolio.

The following body of work was made possible by a Bachelors Degree in English earned with a Concentration in Professional writing from Appalachian State University. My degree is complemented by a minor in Communication as well as a focus in Technical Photography and Sustainable Development:

Event Planning

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Promotional Materials Created with InDesign

In 2015 I co-curated Contempler, an art show which took place at Galerie Equipe, the Chicago art gallery I managed.

To bolster my event planning prowess, I created promotional materials with InDesign which were distributed throughout Chicago as flyers as well as by the participating artists who traveled from as far as Northern Wisconsin and Western North Carolina for the opening.

Columnist

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Sunshine Sketches was a monthly column I penned for the Sun News featuring local artists.

“Sunshine Sketches presents teachers who offer a fresh perspective” represents the column I created to bolster Cleveland’s burgeoning artistic community.

This edition of the column profiled the exemplary high school art teacher Tom Shemrich, as well as spotlighting additional teachers and the programs they offer.

The print version of this story ran with photos that I shot and the online version ran with a slideshow I constructed.

For the full article, check out the Cleveland.com archived edition.

 

Content Writing

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In creating a website from scratch, I drafted the bulk of its content

In establishing a small business, I sharpened a number of skills established as a reporter, including blogging and Search Engine Optimization.

Additionally, I acquired a host of technology skills which accompany constructing a website from scratch. Specifically, I learned to install plug ins, navigate sites backends and troubleshoot WordPress platforms.

Check out the artsy site at artsyacademy.com.

 

Technical Writing

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Drafting a series of documents for Vander Weele required researching complicated No Child Left Behind laws.

 

As a freelance writer for the Vander Weele Group in Chicago, I worked to aid struggling schools located on Native American Reservations in their attempts to meet No Child Left Behind Mandates.

The position required acquiring a private detectives license from Cook County as well as signing a confidentiality agreement. Therefore, subsequent details about the position are available only upon request.

 

Marketing

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POPAI’s Global Shop Awards document was arranged with InDesign, Excel and a team of designers.

 

Among the tasks I tackled as a Marketing Intern for Popai, the Global Marketing at Retail non-profit, I worked to draft a roughly 1,000 page document distributed at their 2014 OMA Awards.

In addition to editing the entries for content, I helped compile the document with the help of Microsoft Excel and a team of designers who contributed the logos and the QR code which facilitated remote voting during the awards ceremony.

To view the document in its entirety, check out the POPAI entry of my LinkedIn profile.

 

Public Relations

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Drafting a well-constructed press release was crucial to establishing my small business. Successfully drafting media releases yielded a number of articles featuring Artsy, including this document which resulted in a profile in the nationally circulated Garden Center Magazine. For a PDF version of this document click the following link: artsy-garden-center-press-release.

Features also spanned the internationally regarded blog, Wonderfilled, which highlighted our Asheville market, the universally respected Crain’s Business site, which profiled our craft beer + yoga events in Cleveland, and hyper local event boards such as the Orlando Date Night Guide and the Cool Cleveland page.

 

 Layout and Design

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The 2015 art show I co-curated featured a document I drafted and laid out.

In preparation for Contempler’s 2015 opening, my curators decided prices would not be listed adjacent to the artwork. Instead, I created a document which compiled each of the participating artists’ biographies as well as cost of their displayed artwork.

Using Microsoft Office, I compiled a program wherein biographies were listed on the left side of the page fold and their accompanying artwork was listed and priced on the opposing page. Submitted biographies were edited for uniformity, style and content.

For a PDF version of the document in its entirety, check out the following link: contempler-bio-list

 

Journalism

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While I focused on features as a reporter, I excelled as well in hard news.

Though I worked as a neighborhood beat reporter, shocking events in my coverage areas occasionally made national news.

The series of articles I penned regarding a horrifying murder as well as the ensuing trial and sentencing honed my professionalism and provided a palpable sense of our nation’s legal system.

Review the article in its entirety at the Cleveland.com archives.

 

Education

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As an early childhood art instructor at The Paintbrush studio in Chicago, I worked to create lesson plans for students ranging from infancy to third grade.

Lesson plans were crafted to connect with children across this age range as well as to communicate tasks to the studio’s additional teachers.

The lesson plans outlined an hour-long class which included a lesson about the artist as well as recreating an image in their specific style.

Profile Drafting

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As a reporter I was encouraged to cover stories that interest me, including appropriate technology.

Among my strengths as a writer was drafting biographical profiles, partially because I sincerely like people. Similarly, my editor encouraged writers to pursue stories in which they were genuinely interested.

This article profiling a professor who brought an appropriate technology program to my coverage area, is therefore one of my favorite published articles.

As a college student I studied Sustainable Development, so this interview and accompanying story represents the colorful synergy between my education and its practical manifestation.

Review the full article at the Cleveland.com archives.