Colleen's practice as a writer spans over an entire decade. During her first year of undergrad, she wrote voraciously for hours when she should have been crunching numbers for statistics, memorizing formulas for Chemistry, or translating simple sentences for French. Her sophomore year, she abandoned the lucrative computer science major her parents pushed, instead choosing to take a wild leap for Literature and Creative Writing. By junior year, her short story â€śInglesâ€ť was published in The Eclectic, University of West Georgia's national award-winning literary magazine.
Colleen is working on her Master of Arts in Professional Writing at Kennesaw State University. Her curriculum includes classes in applied and creative writing. She has already attended courses on Screenwriting, Public Relations, Social Media, and Technical Writing.
Colleen also has strong and wide-ranging professional experience outside of academia. She works directly with the president and founder of a non-profit in Atlanta, writing and marketing content for the organization's social media pages, website, and blog. Last year, she worked as a journalist and public relations writer for Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, reporting on faculty research, policy news, community outreach initiatives, and stories about outstanding alumni. Last summer, she completed a content writing internship at an SEO company. As an SEO intern, she wrote blog posts for clients of various industries, including law firms, interior designers, real estate firms, financial advisors, medical practices, and landscapers. She learned keyword research and placement techniques along with other vital SEO skills. In addition, she occasionally writes freelance feature articles for a local magazine in Carrollton, Georgia, West Georgia Living Magazine.