Mark W
Writer #21897
Baden, PA
Joined 8/11/2017
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Mark is currently a Content QA analyst, editor, and contract writer for a digital curriculum company. He composes essays, poems, stories, and articles that are aimed at at unique audiences that comprise K-12. He prides himself in quick turn-arounds, often completing month-long assignments in three days with minimal editing required. For a time, he was hired full-time to the writing team to complete a backlog of peices, but returned to contract after the backlog was completed. During that time, he also wrote video scripts for educational videos.

Mark is currently a contributor for Bloomboard, a vast archive of educational "collections" free for public use. It does not require lengthy assignments, but must capture internet user's attention and interests.

Mark's formal education was writing-intensive, culminating in a Masters in Philosophy from Duquesne University. This degree not only demands an ability to understand some of the most difficult piece of the English language, but it also demands the ability to re-write such complicated work into an understandable, concise text. His ability to break down sophisticated ideas and explain them in popular forms of writing, from informative to satirical, is well-developed. Works are polished, free of grammatical errors and misspellings, sources are well-vetted, and required editing is minimal.

Between college philosophy programs, Mark ventured out as a website contributor for The Pittsburgh Dish. The Pittsburgh Dish was a site that highlighted events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and included, restaurant reviews, activities to explore, etc. His articles were well-received. Mark's works authored for The Pittsburgh Dish were unique- press releases that were satirically written but chronically true events. They were absurd, and appreciated enough to grant him his own category on the site's landing page. He stopped writing for the Dish upon marriage, work, and school, and the site was discontinued.

Undergraduate work at John Carroll University was dominated by credits in philosophy, history, literature, and education, all of which were writing-intensive and focused on different styles, audiences, and where graded by vastly different criteria.

In high school, Mark was a standout writer in the gifted program and took home awards in competitions including National History Day. His senior project was publishing an article in American Heritage magazine, but the publication had too many submissions on the topic of World War II to accomodate the peice.

Overall, Mark has written to very diverse audiences and is able to reach any ear and capture the attention of a target audience. His departure from philosophy had much to do with the form of the writing tuned only to students and professors of philosophy, turning down a TA position with the chair of the department. His interests and knowledge bases acquired in the last few decades are diverse and well-developed to the point of being an authority in his specialties and interests.
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Mark W's Education Industry Experience

120 Projects Completed

Mark has written many projects for elementary students from corrupted fairy tales to historical fiction as a contract writer. He was then hired onto the writing team for the client and created over 120 unique works over the course of the year for both primary and secondary audiences ranging from 100 to 4200 words. Despite the age range, minimal editing was required to adapt stories to unique age groups from first through twelfth grade.

Specialties

Philosophy, research, satire, educational, social issues, craft beer, DIY

Interests

Brewing craft beer, auto repair, gardening, arborist, computer manufacturing, philosophy, baseball, hockey, football, DIY, home construction/remodeling, education, research, non-fiction, historical fiction, fiction, childrens stories, politics, satire, pop-culture, social issues, techonology

Education

John Carroll University, Duquesne University

From 2001 to 2005 Mark attended John Carroll University, a liberal arts university in the suburbs of Cleveland. Despite the hardship of losing his brother in a 4th of July tragedy after the end of his freshman year, he returned to school and went on to complete a degree in philosophy with a minor in history. He had originally planned on majoring in history and education, but depression and uncertainty with the direction of the teaching profression pushed him to philosophy, which he pondered teaching at the college level upon graduation.

After applying and being accepted to the University of Pittsburgh elementary certification program, he found himself writing philosophy theses in the back of the classroom while taking pre-requisite coursework. The day before Pitt orientation, he bowed out of the program and decided to apply at Duquesne University armed with a great thesis on a new model of philosophical thought. In his first night class, learned that this great idea had was called phenomenology and it had existed for some time. This was punishing, but he floated through the program while working full time and playing amatuer sports. He has never been one to focus on one thing or another and is always in the middle of a score of different, unrelated tasks. He was offered a TA position with the chair of the department, but being young and stupid, he chose to work a very low paying job instead. He routinely palm-slaps his forehead for this decision. He graduated with flying colors and along the way had found great interest in Martin Heideggar. His notion of living authentical partially guides his vast array of interests and knowledge-bases that he ever seeks to expand.

Education

120 Projects Completed

Mark has written many projects for elementary students from corrupted fairy tales to historical fiction as a contract writer. He was then hired onto the writing team for the client and created over 120 unique works over the course of the year for both primary and secondary audiences ranging from 100 to 4200 words. Despite the age range, minimal editing was required to adapt stories to unique age groups from first through twelfth grade.

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25 Projects Completed

During a salaried position as a writer, Mark authored 25 video scripts focusing on mathematical topics in Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Despite not having a math class in 15 years, he had to re-teach himself these subjects, break down their complexity, and create scripts for instructional videos. He was never given a script back for revisions.

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1 Projects Completed

Mark was formerly a freelance contributor to since-discontinued Pittsburgh Dish, a online blog that chronicalled local events around Pittsburgh. His work was heavily researched and based upon facts and events, but was written purely for reader entertainment. His contributions to the site were worthy of his own index and direct link from the site's landing page.

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