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larissa benfey

WORK EXPERIENCE

Edit My Paper                                                                      Aug 2013 - Present 

Freelance Editor

- Work on a variety of projects, from school papers for students, to mass email messages for businesses, to short stories for authors

- Correct spelling, grammar, word choice, flow, consistency, run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and punctuation to ensure the end result is polished and professional

- Make comments as necessary to guide the client through edits and improvements 

Various Companies                                                             Aug 2013 - Present

Freelance Copy Writer and Content Writer

- Research, write and edit content and copy on diverse industry topics

- Write web content based on material supplied by client or employer

- Proofread final drafts of web pages

- Work under tight deadlines

- Write articles and press releases

Canadian International Broadcast TV                                Dec 2013 - April 2014

Lead Writer on TV Central

- Brainstorm ideas for episodes

- Keep up to date with news in the industry and related fields, and perform all research duties for eventual scripts

- Transform content into four to five pages of exciting and witty dialogue for every ten minute episode of TV Central, and find the correlating clips to air alongside the information

BevEditions                                                                            Feb - Aug 2013

Copy Writer

- Create descriptions and summaries of novels represented by Beverley Slopen Literary Agency to be used on various websites and occasionally on the back covers of the novels themselves

- Edit pre-existing copy in order to keep it relevant and fresh

Digital Marketer

- Create and maintain an online presence for the company through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads

- Brainstorm new ways to reach a wider audience on a daily basis with methods such as online contests, questionnaires, and catchy advertisements

Proofreader

- Correct spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

- Format text on a word processor

- Ensure illustrations are correctly captioned and referred to in the text

- Adhere to a style checklist and sub-edit text to maintain consistency in hyphenation, capitalisation, etc.

- Maintain awareness of new words or phrases coming into popular usage with a view to ensuring they are appropriate for the readership

- Format for eBook.

Clay Canada Spin and Yoga Studio                                    Nov 2012 - Oct 2014

Social Media Associate

- Maintain an online presence for the company through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

- Write catchy anecdotes on a daily basis to draw attention to the studio's schedule for the day

- Occasionally assist in the writing of quarterly newsletters 

JRegistry                                                                                 Oct 2012 - April 2013

Lead Editor (volunteer)

- Organize phone interviews between staff writers and interested vendors

- Edit articles

- Maintain website and corresponding social media

- Conduct job interviews and hire new staff writers as needed

EDUCATION

Formal--

Charles Sturt University

              Bachelor of Primary Education

Tyndale University College and Seminary

  Bachelor of Arts, English

Informal--

Creative Writing Workshops with Brian Henry:

How to Build Your Story, How to Get Published, How to Write a Best Seller, Writing for Children and Young Adults

Creative Writing Courses:

Extreme Creative Writing (with Brian Henry), Creative Writing (with N.J. Lindquist and Judith Robinson)

INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Lorne Park Secondary School

Grade 10 English and Special Ed. Teaching Assistant

Sept 2012 - June 2013

TIFVA: Toronto International Film & Video Awards

Film Screener and Script Reviewer

June - Aug 2012

The Rights Factory

Reader

Jan - Dec 2012

More information available upon request.

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