Sample Freelance Writing Resume

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Contractual writing and editing positions, which provide ownership for work output, extensive personal and independent responsibility, high-quality partnerships with co-workers and an opportunity to use the skill set that I have developed in past employment.


Ambitious and motivated candidate offers a BA and the following cumulative experience:

6 years professional writing & editing , 5.5 years event planning, 2 years web maintenance/writing, 2.5 years of State employment, 1.5 years communications.

Professional Experience

Owner, Freelance Business

Freelance writing, editing, and proofreading for local and national (virtual) clients, including nonprofits, new authors, and publishers. Includes some ad copy/editing, and website editing/review. For clips and further information, please visit (insert your website).

Example State University, Example Department                                                        

Federal and academic grant proposal, internal and external grant management, grant editing, print and web editing, web maintenance, aid and support of visiting scholars, research associates and grad students (including travel planning/international & domestic). (Oct.  2006 to Feb. 2007; searching for higher level position, left on good terms with reference available)

Example Community College, Example Department

Print marketing, communications, editorial development and direction, events and committee service supporting outreach to the college community, departmental PR, conference planning, outreach to targeted user groups, web editing/maintenance, news releases, brochures, newsletters, and guidebooks. Coordination of professional development library and journal annotations, and supervision of four undergrads and one secretary. (Dec. 2005 to Oct. 2006; resigned for a different position).

Example Magazine  

Aid in editorial management, marketing and promotion of premier publication. Work directly with publisher and editor-in-chief in contacting and managing contributing writers and translators, provide fast, accurate turnaround of rough articles through editing and proofreading. (Feb. 2006-Current, contractual)

(During this interim I completed my degree; please see Education section, including internships and study abroad)

Example Department of Education

Sole grant assistant with state's $28.4 million-dollar Name of Grant program, including extensive statewide training and event planning, media bites, news releases, and office management. Supervised one intern and one clerical worker. (September 2002- June 2003; left to finish degree)

Example Department of Agriculture  

Program management assistance, Federal grant management assistance, veterinary educational event planning, and veterinary field work support. Brochure development, aid in news releases, constituent relations. Supervised 2-3 students. (October 2000- September 2002; transferred to MDE)


Example State University

Bachelor of Arts, December 2005 (GPA 3.82/4.0, Cum Laude)

Majored in English with cognate minors in Education and Spanish

Awards: Example Scholarship, Example Scholarship, Example Scholarship

Internships: PR and Fundraising assistant with the Example Association,  grant writing duties, fundraising, donor relations, and direct mail.

Editorial assistant with a local parochial magazine that is distributed nationally, one column with byline which ran through December 2006.