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  • Chelsea ChristmanWriter, Editor, Tutor, Content Specialist

    EDUCATION St. Cloud State University: Bachelor of EnglishClass of 2015 Major: EnglishCreative Writing Minor: Communication Studies GPA: 3.96

    SKILLS Writing -Written and/or published pieces of creative, academic, and journalistic works -Creative: Novels (published White Lightning), short stories, fiction and

    creative nonfiction prose, poems, flash nonfiction/fiction, song lyrics -Academic: MLA and APA research papers, literature reviews, argument, analysis, compare/contrast, debates, speeches, essays, works cited, etc. -Journalistic: Articles, profiles, previews, columns, reviews

    Editing and Design -Developed experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)

    -Established proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Prezi -Selected, edited, and revised creative works in multiple formats

    -Reviewed peers work in creative workshop, tutorial, and publishing settings -Organized, reviewed, and designed textual/visual elements in journalistic, educational,

    and web publishing, designed infographics -Created an Omeka website, edited articles in Wikipedia, copyedited materials Communicating

    -Applied awareness of appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication -Worked in customer service roles, provided quality assistance to multiple people -Collaborated with students, faculty, and community members of diverse backgrounds

    -Organized, led, and listened to peers, co-workers, and supervisors -Used open discussion instead of full lecture in teaching scenarios, met with students

    and peers, approached by students with questions, comments, and concerns -Outgoing, open-minded, and optimistic personality to connect with everyone

    WORK HISTORY Intern for Common Reading Program SCSUWinter 2015 to May 2015 -Promoted novel Oryx and Crake to students, reading groups, and faculty -Read novel twice, wrote themes list for Teachers Guide, created vocabulary list -Developed Omeka website with links, videos, timelines, articles, etc. -Filmed and edited informational videos of professors speaking about themes -Created print and online version of linear timeline for novels plot

    Editor of Upper Mississippi Harvest Literary and Art Magazine SCSUSpring 2014 to Spring 2015 -Represented the organization as Head Editor, taught class, organized lessons

    -Read, selected, and revised/edited pieces for publication -Designed packets of submissions in specific formats, worked in small and large groups

    -Contributed to layout, decision-making, and problem-solving -Planned/marketed events using brainstorming, networking, fundraising, and publicity -Involved in staff meetings, business engagements, and class procedures

    Tutor at The Write Place SCSUFall 2013 to Spring 2015

    -Assisted clients at any stage in the writing process -Collaborated together in each tutorial to improve the writer, not just the writing

    -Taught key writing skills to clientsincluding grammar, spelling, organization,

    sentence structure, verb tense, expanding ideas, improving fluency, citing sources, etc. -Provided expertise in MLA and APA format, offered feedback for creative writing

    -Used unique strategies for various personalities and writing levels, such as free writing -Worked with many return clients and helped students from over 15 countries,

    including Saudi Arabia, Japan, Nepal, China, Ethiopia, Korea, Somalia, and Brazil

    Teachers Assistant SCSUFall 2013 to Winter 2014 -Assisted professors, led group discussions, graded papers, supported students -Corrected weekly papers, recorded and organized students grades, formatted outlines -Graded essay questions, critiqued/graded speeches, compared evaluations

    -Directed lessons in small group discussions (pod of 8-10 students) -Taught class three to four times throughout semester, led students through course

    material and class activitiesunder teacher supervision or alone

  • Freelance Writer for St. Cloud Times Media St. CloudFall 2013 to Current

    -Wrote articles for magazine outletsstories on local alumni, businesses, food, etc.

    -Published in College Guides, Golf Guide, Style, Women in Business magazines -Interviewed people, researched, used writing/revising techniques, met deadlines -Established networking and positive relations with interviewees and employer

    Employee at Crafts Direct Waite ParkSpring 2012 to Winter 2014

    -Worked as a cashier for six months before promotion to Customer Service

    -Assisted customers with returns, price adjustments, coupons, and complaints

    -Helped manage the department, direct and assist cashiers, minimize conflict -Offered new ideas to store policies and procedures, developed strong interpersonal

    relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and customers -Responded to phone calls, emails, questions, and concerns using multi-tasking skills -Wrote a manual for the Customer Service position

    -Showcased my positive, helpful, empathetic attitude

    Beat Reporter/Editor at The Chronicle Newspaper SCSUFall 2011 to Spring 2013 -Wrote two articles per week for the Marquee section as beat reporter

    -Promoted to Assistant Editor of Marquee second year -Interviewed/recorded multiple peopleartists, writers, gallery heads, theatre owners,

    film makers, actors, managers, teachers, and viewers/attendees -Wrote in journalistic style for articles, columns, and reviews -Wrote/revised, copyedited, and arranged materials for publication

    -Designed and laid out pages for Marquee using InDesign -Managed writers, editors, and sources for each story, attended to tight deadlines -Developed networking skills, established supportive climate in workplace

    HONORS AND ACTIVITIES Publications -Poems Too Raw and The Soul on Paper in The Upper Mississippi Harvest Literary

    and Art Magazine2014 Edition -Articles in St. Cloud Times Media resourcesFall College Guide, Winter College Guide,

    Golf Guide, Style, Women in Business magazines -Profiles, previews, reviews, and columns in Marquee and News of The Chronicle

    -Novel White Lightning published by Tate Publishing2006, age 12 -Poem Angel Eyes published in A Celebration of Young Poets2005, age 11

    Conferences and Workshops -Attended AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs)April 2015

    -Attended "Past, Present, and Future of English Studies" RRGSCMarch 2015 -Participated in The Loft From Idea to ISBN: Writing a Novel classNovember 2014

    -Participated in Mississippi River Creative Writing WorkshopJune 2013

    Academic Honors -Deans List award winner all eight semestersGPA of 3.75 or higher

    -Finalist at 2014 SCSU Student Research Colloquiumresearch paper on accents -Recipient of best board award at 2012 SCSU Honors Freshman Research

    Colloquiumresearch on storytelling power -Member of the National Honors Society of Collegiate Scholars2012 to current -Member of SCSU University Honors Program2011 to 2015 -Participant in Community Engagement Ceremonies, campus events, service projects

    -Recipient of SCSU Founder Scholarship, English Department Dr. James B. Anderson

    Scholarship, Road to Success Scholarship, Sartell Rotary Club Scholarship, etc.

    Leadership -Head Editor of The Upper Mississippi Harvest Literary and Art Magazine2014 to 2015

    -Teachers Assistant twice throughout undergrad degree2013 to 2015 -Assistant Editor of the Marquee section of The Chronicle newspaper2012 to 2013

    -Customer Service Team Leader at Crafts Direct2012 to 2014 -Tennis captain, CLC conference participant2011 season -Sartell Rotary Club Junior Rotarian of the MonthNovember 2010

    -Editor-in-Chief of The Le Sabre newspaper2010 to 2011 -Visiting author and inspirational speaker at multiple schools2006 to current