Sharyn Kopf

Freelance Creative Writer & Editor

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Location:Sunbury, Ohio, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/sharynmkopf
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$50
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SUMMARY

Award-winning creative writer with an eye for description and an ear for dialogue. This outgoing communicator enjoys working with and relating to a variety of people. Other skills include script-writing; approaching a project from a serious or humorous perspective, depending on the subject; brainstorming unique ideas; a quick turnaround on assignments; and professional copy- and line-editing expertise.

EDUCATION

B.S., Communications, Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter, Radio Advertising Bureau

Continued education in writing and public speaking at numerous writers conferences over the past two decades, including the Write-to-Publish Conference at Wheaton College (IL) and the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Writer/Editor, MORE THAN WORDS, Jamestown, OH 2010 – Present
• Wrote a novel and nonfiction book, both releasing Winter 2014.
• Editing a series of nonfiction books.
• Served as ghostwriter and editor for an autobiography, published by BookJolt.
• Edited a 400-page manuscript for Cedarville University, released by Kregel Publications.
• Created an original script, then cast and directed the drama portion of Cedarville University’s annual Junior Jam event for four years.
• Interviewed subjects, wrote articles and edited/compiled newsletter copy for Cedarville University.
• Wrote and edited articles for the Cedarville Opera House.

Senior Writer/Editor, CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY, Cedarville, OH 2007 – 2010
• Wrote print, web and advertising copy, with a focus on finding unique ways to capture the audience’s attention and keep it.
• Edited content for readability and creative value, from upgrading articles submitted by freelancers and Cedarville faculty to improving advertising and web copy.
• Interviewed staff, faculty and alumni for online and print articles.
• Brainstormed stronger, more effective ways to communicate, leading to a greater impact and response.
• Wrote original press releases and helped manage the student public relations interns.

Writer, BREAKTHROUGH, Canal Winchester, OH 2007
• Researched, wrote and edited copy for televised programming.
Senior Writer/Producer, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Colorado Springs, CO 2004 – 2005
• Wrote, directed and/or produced radio promos, PSAs, short- and long-form dramas, and product spots.
• Worked closely with sound designers to create effective and award-winning radio programs for stations across the country and around the world.
• Directed national and local voice talent.
• Performed a variety of on-air roles.

Senior Staff Writer, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Colorado Springs, CO 2001 – 2004
• Wrote radio promos, PSAs, dramas and product spots.
• Successfully managed and produced promotional CDs for events like the National Day of Prayer and provided radio stations with creative holiday programming.
• Directed national and local voice talent.
• Performed a variety of on-air roles.

Associate Staff Writer, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Colorado Springs, CO 2000 – 2001
• Wrote radio promos, PSAs, and image and product spots.
• Helped produce promotional CDs for several national events.
• Performed a variety of on-air roles.
• Worked with national and local voice talent.

Staff Writer, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, Colorado Springs, CO 1999 – 2000

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Fundamentals of Speech (two sections), CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY, Cedarville, OH
The Ins and Outs of Radio Drama, HIGH COUNTRY HOME EDUCATORS Enrichment Classes, Colorado Springs, CO
Basic Writing Skills, PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Colorado Springs, CO

AWARDS

Winner, Write Integrity Press 2012 One Hope Contest (fiction) — novel scheduled for winter 2014 release
Winner (writer/producer), Best in Radio, Pikes Peak ADDY
Winner (writer), Best Radio Drama, Tesla

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Christian Fiction Writers
Write-to-Publish Writers Conference
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival
Western Ohio Writers Association

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Theatrical experience consists of writing and producing numerous short- and full-length stage plays; directing several church, college, and community theatre productions; and three decades of acting in a variety of plays and musicals.

• Published two dramatic sketches with Concordia Publishing House.
Skills (2) Rating
Creative Writing
Editing