Mary Beth Swayne

Freelance Article Writer & Writer

Location:Hatboro, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills


? Ability to make tight deadlines while still producing clear and concise articles
? Easily adapts to changes in audience and different tones that may be required
? Able to multi-task and work on a team to create a strong, readable publication
? Refined written and verbal communication skills
? Proficient in Microsoft Office
? Proven ability to learn quickly
? Strong editing skills


The Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA Graduated May 18, 2007
Major: English, with a minor in publishing, GPA 3.64
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor’s Fraternity), Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society

Freelance Projects Nov. 2009 – Present
? Demand Studios – choose and write articles by deadline according to the guidelines set by Demand Studios. Create and add internet searchable key words in the article. Write concise articles demonstrating basic knowledge for various third party Web sites.
? Pennsylvania State University – worked with a professor at Penn State to develop a comprehensive description of her philosophy of teaching. Proofread and edited the final document.
? Currently proofreading and content editing a manuscript for publication.
? Working with many Web sites to produce concise, detailed articles, which will be read by many people and easily searchable on the internet.

Greater Philadelphia Newspapers, Horsham, PA Aug. 2008 – Sept. 2009
? Proofread and formatted obituaries and legal notices to fit the style of the newspaper
? Communicated with funeral homes and private parties to discuss errors and prices regarding obituaries
? Entered advertisements into the database to reserve space for the required day
? Helped with the marketing and promoting of the first bridal fair GPN attended
? Created a mailing, inviting recently-engaged couples to visit our booth at the bridal fair
? Write the weekly “How They Met” column

TEVA Pharmaceuticals, North Wales, PA June 2008 - July 2008
? Proofread inserts and outserts for grammar, punctuation and spelling for production
? Compared drafts of documents to ensure document equivalency after the design process had taken place
? Quickly learned comparison software used as a back up to manual proofreading

The Advertising Specialty Institute, Trevose, PA Oct. 2007 - April 2008
? Wrote for seven magazines, each with a different audience and voice
? Took on a variety of extra projects including maintaining databases, creating buyers’ guides and editing portions of the magazines
? Learned five new industries to write intelligent, concise articles that would appeal to the readership
? Won the Star Achiever Award for interdepartmental work with the Buyers’ Guide

Penn State Abington, Abington, PA Dec. 2006 - May 2007
? Edited speeches, articles for the alumni newsletter, and press releases
? Wrote articles, press releases, and slides for the TV monitor system
? Trained incoming workers on stylistics and the TV monitor system
? Communicated with other departments and outside people to answer questions

Montgomery County Newspapers, Fort Washington, PA Aug. 2006 - Dec. 2006
? Edited and wrote for “Ticket,” the arts and entertainment section.
? Wrote many articles covering topics such as musical artists, exhibitions, and authors
? Maintained the “Stepping Out Guide” using Quark Express
? Proofread “Ticket” before deadline every T
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing