Monday, November 3, 2014

Writers Resume?

A woman portrays herself as a the creator of a popular TV series and promises to help three other women get started in the business. This is a story of how the three women related to the TV series and it's lead character, The Imposter. Not only were they taken in by her story, but by the woman herself. She took them on a wild ride, one they would not soon forget.

 Question from the e-mail:  I applied for a writing job and someone wanted a copy of my "writer's resume." Do I just send my regular one? How would that be different??

Answer: This is arranged just like a regular resume, but only includes information about your writing.

Experience comes first, with information about your best publishing credits.What you have written and had published. Other editorial jobs you have held, classes you have taught,etc. 

Education: You include degrees such as an MFA, slant this toward information on writing classes, conferences you have attended, other authors with whom you have studied, etc.  If you spent a semester at Johns Hopkins Writing Seminar (even if you didn't finish the year) it will impress a writing audience more than any Doctorate in English.

You would also list here any experience you had that would enhance your stature as a writer. I usually say that covered "cops and courts" five years for a Daily newspaper. Also, I have served two terms as president of the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, and I was an instructor for WD Correspondence school for 20 years, and taught at a number of National and International writers' conferences held in the Eastern US. I

Just include  any experience that you feel will impress the receiving editor with your credentials as a writer.

Professional Memberships: The Authors' Guild and PEN is good if you can get in. If not, join some other writers’ organizations: Include local groups, The National Writer’s Club, etc. 

Awards: if you have won any, or even placed in any National contests.  

References: If you know any Famous Writers (including teachers at conferences) ask if you may use them as a reference on your resume. If not, try to pick people in a position that will speak for your knowledge, presidents of universities, president of your local Writers' Group, directors of writers’ organizations, etc.

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