Fritz Franke

Freelance Creative Writer & Book Writer

Location:Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
2 Skills

- Currently writing a second novel, the second book in a six book series. Continually take classes to improve my writing. Looking to fulfill my passion for writing by pursuing a full time writing/editing position.
- Highly motivated management professional with 14 years experience in managing private and public sector organizations. Recognized for strong leadership, communications and negotiation abilities.

- Proficient with MS Office products, WORD: track changes, markups, comments, layouts, etc., PUBLISHER: brochures, pamphlets, cards, etc., and EXCEL: programming.
- Proficient in network hardware and software, financial software, and other desktop and support software.

Writer/Author, Palmyra, VA 06/06 – present
• Presently writing the second book of a six book series.
• Member & Chair of the Heros Writers group. This group guides and edits the work of new writers and advises, edits, and critiques the members own work. Edited hundreds of chapters, papers, & articles using MS Word.
• Coursework taken in Creative Writing, University of Virginia classes and Charlottesville Writing Center workshops, to further develop writing skills, and to enhance journalistic endeavors. Reference books of first choice include The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, The Essential Writer's Companion by Houghton Mifflin Company, The Chicago Manual of Style, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, and the Dictionary of Word Origins by Jordon Almond.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – Milton Facilities Coordinator 03/97 – present
• Coordinate support for various users of the Milton facilities. (20 – 30 hours per week)

General Dynamics Inc., Charlottesville, VA – Station Operator (contractor) 02/02 – present
• Contract as a Radionuclide Aerosol Sampler Analyzer (RASA UNIT) Station Technician. ( 5 hours per week)

Gravitys Edge LLC, Palmyra, VA – IT/Network Help Desk Mgr (contractor) 11/11 – 06/13
• Contracted level 2 help desk phone support for residential and some business clients. (10-15 hours per week)

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – Business Mgr- Dept. of Dentistry 03/10 – 11/11
• Direct and maintain the Business Operations of the department

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – Systems Engineer-Dept of Med. 10/05 – 03/10
• LSP for the Department of Medicine’s help desk, supporting end users in all divisions with hardware, software, and network issues.
• Researched, developed, and edited policies and procedures for the department.
• Developed, documented, and implemented the QA program for the Dept’s IBI Financial Enterprise Reporting System for finance, clinical billing, and final report compilation. Wrote and edited Quality Assurance documentation in support of program testing.

Gravitys Edge LLC, Palmyra, VA – IT/Network company – Consultant 01/02 – 10/05
• Responsible for business to business service plan clients, directing network implementation team.

Broadslate Networks, Inc., Charlottesville, VA - Marketing Manager 10/00 – 01/02
• Edited marketing materials and assisted the Marketing Director in the design of the materials for use in satellite offices using Microsoft products. Managed and coordinated telemarketing campaigns.

VCU, Richmond, VA – Environmental Conservation Mgr 09/99 – 10/00
• Successfully revitalized and managed institutional environmental programs, staff of 12, budget of $750,000.

Environmental Systems of America, Inc., Charlottesville, VA - GM 03/97 – 09/99
• Designed, authored, and edited for final production all environmental educational materials for clients to educate their organizational populations on their various environmental programs available for use.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - Environmental Conservation Mgr. 09/91 – 03/97
• Created and managed a new division with a staff of 22, developed and managed a budget of $1,000,000, to meet state-mandated environmental programs.
• Designed, authored, and edited environmental educational materials using Microsoft products.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - Programmer (ACS) 08/88 – 09/91
• Designed, authored SAS and C programs to graph resources for Capacity Planning.
• Designed, authored, tested, installed, and maintained COBOL and BASIC programs.

Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Richmond VA - App Programmer/Newsletter Editor 09/86 – 08/88
• Wrote, edited, and produced company-staff newsletter.
• Designed, authored, tested, installed, and maintained COBOL and BASIC programs.

Word Merchants Inc., Charlottesville, VA - Marketing Manager/Editor 03/80 – 08/86
• Managed the design, layout, and production of marketing, promotion, and educational materials in the form of posters, brochures, pamphlets, and mailings.
• Authored, edited, and produced all marketing and business documentation for final production.
• Designed and implemented marketing strategies and advertising campaigns for three expanding businesses that were subsidiaries of this company. Only free-hand graphic artist on staff.

UVaa - Student Columnist:- University Journal Daily Newspaper 08/81 – 05/83
• Authored and edited weekly column about the music scene of UVa and Charlottesville including critiques of musical acts and venues.

• Bachelor of Science in Commerce, University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, Charlottesville, VA. May 1983. Double Concentrations: Management Information Systems & Human Resource Management. Relevant Coursework: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Statistics, and Management Information Systems. Extensive coursework in psychology and sociology.
• Coursework completed towards a Masters Degree in Management Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1986 - 1987.
• Further coursework taken in Creative Writing:
o The Writers Craft: Charlottesville Writing Center - Workshops for Writers - classes during January 2010.
Improving your Writers Craft: Positive writing techniques, breaking through writers block, workshop and critique other writers along with your own submissions work-shopped and critiqued.
o Writing - Making a Better Hero: UVa. - School of Continuing Education - Spring semester 2008. 36053 NCLE 017 The Nature of the Hero and How to Create One: How to develop the Hero of your story.
o Publishing - The Business of Writing: UVa. - School of Continuing Education – Fall semester 2008. 36050 NCPD 018 Book Publishing: Understanding Traditional Book Publishing & the business behind it.
o Workshop for Fiction Writers: UVa. - School of Continuing Education - Spring semester 2008. 16081 NCLE 018 Fiction Writing Workshop: Techniques for improving the depth, texture, and emotion of your writing by using writing workshop methodology.
o Art of Creative Writing: UVa. - School of Continuing Education - Fall semester 2007.
96014 NCLE 016 Introduction to Creative Writing: Elements and techniques of creative writing: style and plot, develop characters and setting, point of view, dialogue, and metaphors.

• Chair of the Charlottesville VA Heroes Writers group.
• Current member of the UVa LSPs (Local Support Partners – UVa IT Professional Group) current LSP/Pro in the program. Former Steering Committee member.
• Founder, past Chairman, and former member of the Board of Directors for Earth Systems Inc. (501-C3).
• Former member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Recycling Association.
• UVa Alumni Association, Civil Air Patrol of the USAF (2LT inactive), Youth baseball and basketball coach, former commissioner of Fluvanna County Adult Softball League.
Skills (2) Rating
Creative Writing
Book Writing