Inside Scoop: Careers in Writing
A panel of local professionals
Monday, October 3, 2016 · Noon - 1 PM
Do you have a talent and passion for writing, but aren't sure how to pursue it as a career? Want to know what it really takes to be a successful writer?
Whether you're interested in creative writing, publishing, technical writing, PR/communications, or blogging, this event is for you. Come meet a panel of local professionals to hear how they launched their writing-based careers.
SETH SAWYERS (UMBC '95)
Seth Sawyers is a writer whose creative nonfiction and fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Millions, Salon, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Sports Illustrated, The Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. An editor at the Baltimore Review and a former adjunct instructor with the UMBC English department, he is at work on a novel. He also works as a sales writer for a healthcare firm based in Columbia.
JAMAILA BRINKLEY (UMBC '05)
Jamaila Brinkley spent ten years writing technical documents for government clients before retiring to use all of her pent-up creativity to write fiction and raise her family. She is the author of historical romance with a hint of magic. Her first book, ‘Thieves’ Honor,’ released in May 2016 from Soul Mate Publishing.
STEPHANIE SHAFFER (UMBC '13)
A former English and French double-major, Writing Fellow, and Writing Tutor at UMBC, Stephanie is now an editor at iJET International, which provides intelligence-driven, integrated risk management solutions that enable multinational organizations to operate globally with confidence.
MEGAN HANKS (Lehigh University '11)
Now the STEM Communications Manager at UMBC, Megan held a full-time internship at a public relations agency outside of Philadelphia, then went on to work for a different public relations company. She got her first official job at a membership organization for physicians, where she did public relations, media relations and internal communications.