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Clare Kolewski

Freelance Writer & Article Writer

Location:Westland, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
Clare A. Kolewski

Professional Summary
• Articulate writer and proofreader, proficient in technical, feature, editorial, copy writing and journalistic genres using a variety of style guides, including the Chicago Manual of Style, AP, APA and MLA. Portfolio available at
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with over ten years of experience in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Outstanding organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines


Proofreader/Editor GEO Support Services January 2009 to Present
• Proofread and edit Cengage reference directories, researching Internet for updates and /or new entries
• Edited and/or created tag files as required, until changeover to FDR in 2013
• Edit or create database entries in Cengage FDR
• Often work under tight deadlines

Book Manuscript Editor/ Writer Freelance November 2004 to Present
• Wrote feature and editorial column for several online publications, including The Examiner, Flaimahmy and The Four Marks (currently writing monthly column for Four Marks
• Edited book manuscripts using The Chicago Manual of Style and Track Changes
• Created PowerPoint presentation for author's lecture tour
• Wrote chapter for author's book, including interviews
• Continue to freelance on part-time basis

Web Content/Technical/Ghostwriter Freelance November 2004 to Present
• Wrote content for web sites
• Created brochures and flyers for businesses
• Wrote personal proposals, business correspondence
• Ghostwriting

Proposal Manager Lakeshore TolTest Corporation May 2011 to Aug. 2012
•Employed as a proposal manager for Lakeshore TolTest Corporation, headquartered in Detroit, MI, working primarily with DoD OCONUS and small business projects. Proposals brought in over $50M in construction work for the company.
• Chaired kick-off meetings with BD Manager, Graphics Artist, Estimator, Scheduler and Ops to discuss requirements of each proposal and glean information from the team for preparation of the proposal
• Led, planned, organized, monitor and control proposals throughout the entire lifecycle from receipt of draft/final solicitation through final proposal delivery
• Analyzed government solicitations (RFPs, RFIs, etc.) identifying all requirements and criteria for evaluation
• Prepared detailed proposal plan, schedule, outline, guidelines, compliance matrix, and document templates
• Collected and edited proposal materials to ensure compliance

Madonna University Student Sept 2009 to December 2010
•After leaving SDE, went back to school to finish BA in English/Journalism with a minor in chemistry
• English/Journalism classes included: newspaper writing, copy editing, public relations, feature writing, photography, technical writing, folklore, English literature, Photoshop, English grammar
• Attained senior level in biochemistry curriculum
• Biochemistry classes included: organic and inorganic chemistry, calculus, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, physics, biology
• Overall GPA: 3.52; major GPA: 3.9; graduated with honors; dean's list 2009 and 2010

SDE Business Partnering Buyer April 2005 to December 2008
• Buyer for Detroit Diesel MRO parts
• Initiated cost savings program, saving Diesel $250K
• Maintained parts spreadsheets with thousands of entries
• Created procedure manual for expeditors
• Responsible for written intradepartmental communications
• Company went out of business

Senior Lab Technician Johnson Controls, Inc. March 2003 to November 2004
• Performed textile testing for potential seat coverings
• Submitted lab reports of test results using Access
• Maintained samples database on Excel spreadsheets
• Created training manual for testing
• Responsible for training textile engineers in testing procedures
• Developed standardized layout procedure for testing pattern pieces

Materials Coordinator (Buyer) Johnson Controls, Inc. February 2002 to March 2003
• Responsible for the purchase and tracking of seating parts for the Nissan ZW/WZW program
• Maintained parts records on Excel spreadsheets
• Interacted with suppliers and seating engineers as required

Executive Assistant Johnson Controls, Inc. May 2000 to March 2002
• Maintained highly-complex schedule
• Arranged all travel
• Interacted with high-level executives and various suppliers
• Planned internal and external meetings
• Created PowerPoint presentations as required
• Maintained continuous improvement records on linked Excel spreadsheets
• Organized off-site meetings for up to 900 employees

Madonna University BA English/Journalism Sept 2009 to Dec 2010
• Originally pursued BS degree in Biochemistry including classes in: biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, organic and inorganic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus
• Returned to Madonna University to complete degree in English/Journalism
• Included creation and presentation of PowerPoint presentations, interviewing and writing of profiles, feature stories, press releases, newspaper articles, grant proposals, literary critiques
• Graduated with honors
• Dean's list 2009 and 2010
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Article Writing