Do you have a way with words? Are you wondering how to parlay that way into a great career in advertising or marketing communications? Or, maybe you're already a professional writer, and you want to know more about the careers of your peers. Now's your chance.
At 5 Ways to Be a Writer, you'll meet five different people putting their words to work. From ad agency up-and-comers to in-house marketing experts and lifelong freelancers, each writer has a unique story. And you get to ask them about it. How did they get to where they are today? Where do their best ideas come from? What makes a good writer a great writer? What's it like to earn a living doing what you love? Join us and find out.
Associate Copywriter, GolfNow
A graduate of the University of Illinois' creative writing program, Jason Brown has worked in marketing and communications since 2004. Currently the in-house copywriter for GolfNow (a division of Golf Channel), his previous titles include on-air personality, podcast host, social media manager and content creator for governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, college and university divisions, and in-house marketing departments.
Junior Copywriter, MMGY Global
With an aspiration to emulate author David Sedaris and an allergy to every mammal on the face of the earth, Jillian kicked off her career as an intern at MMGY Global. Upon graduating from UCF in 2015, she snagged a junior copywriter position and now contributes to accounts such as Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Sequoia and Shenandoah National Parks, Sixt Rent a Car and St. Johns County VCB.
Founder, Creative Director & Copywriter, Right Creative
As a Freelance Creative Director and Copywriter, Jane has a reputation for raising the standards of the creative product. Her awards include: Communication Arts with Larry Moore, Promax Film & Television with BAD Studios, Atlanta, Communication Arts and Print with Lure Design, Step 100 with Juicy Temples, Print’s: Forty under 40 with Designer, Randy Hunt. Client includes Turner Classic Movies, Shutterfly, NBA City, CIBC (North America) and Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands).
Copywriter, Findsome & Winmore
Bringing creativity and storytelling to every task, Adam Rodriguez crafts witty and strategic content for the digital marketing agency's clients. He is also an active blogger who loves all aspects of digital publishing, and is obsessed with movies, music and video games. You can often find him filling out his craft beer passport at Redlight Redlight or perusing the plentiful LP selection at Park Ave CDs.
Copywriter, Evok Advertising
A journalist at heart, Brian started his career in daily newspapers and broadcast news. After growing tired of receiving a perpetual string of bad press releases, he moved into marketing and advertising, focusing on digital copywriting. Nearly six years since his first byline, the self-proclaimed “ad-man with a conscience” devotes most of his professional time to obsessively trying to find the best balance between writing for pithiness and pertinence.
DIANE LEVINE (Moderator)
Copywriter & Associate Creative Director, Think Creative
Diane Levine leads brand strategy, messaging and multimedia campaign development for clients such as Chamberlin's, the Central Florida YMCA, OUC and Park Pointe Hotel. Off the clock, she dabbles in poetry, writes for The Mighty, and maintains a blog, Operation Goosebumps, that follows her quest to do 40 daring deeds during her 40th year. Spoiler alert: she failed. But had fun trying.