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Sheila Sheppard | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jul 22, 2015

Sheila Sheppard

Professional Writer
   United States
  |   Cape Charles, VA

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $80

A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in English, I spent half a decade in the nonprofit sector. I learned many lessons from the charitable trenches: the power of the written word to gather momentum for a cause, the importance of building trust, and the value of knowing my audience. As a former small business owner, I understand how important it is to invest in communications.

In my spare time, I play the violin (sometimes the fiddle). When exactly the right words are on the page, I can hear the music of it. A wrong word...

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I brainstormed with the team of doctors and PR specialists to determine the accessible...
I crafted keyword-optimized copy to improve website usability and highlight the...
I brainstormed angle by researching client's existing online presence, and wrote the...

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Service Description

I deliver exceptionally polished, on-target products, whether advertorials, articles, press releases, brochures, or website copy.

I have written dozens of press releases for a variety of nonprofits and businesses, from arts organizations to publishing firms to health care providers. I have created web copy, brochures, and marketing copy for a small eco-friendly landscaping and construction company as well as for an urban planning nonprofit.

My last job, as Program Director of a writers organization, truly tested my strength and attention to detail: in a group of writers, a stray semicolon or a cliché hook was not acceptable.

Hire me and I will apply my hard-won expertise to help you communicate with your audience as effectively and professionally as possible.

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Employment

James River Writers
Program Director
2013 - 2014
- Develop, implement, promote, and evaluate nonprofit programming, including annual writers conference attracting speakers and attendees from across the country - Implement communications strategy,...
Backyard Farmer
Co-owner
2011 - 2014
- Assisted with marketing of small business offering eco-conscious home and property improvement, community outreach, and team-building services - Created copy and blog articles for...
Arts Enter Cape Charles
Communications Director
2011 - 2012
- Wrote press releases and handled print publicity - Managed website and social media - Wrote a successful grant for the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program
Partnership for Smarter Growth
Executive Director
2008 - 2011
- Managed all aspects of nonprofit organization dedicated to better land use and transportation solutions and community involvement in the Richmond region - Wrote newsletters and press releases -...
Virginia Eye Consultants
Executive Coordinator
2007 - 2007
- Supported management of recruitment, legal, contractual, administrative, accounting, publicity, and human resources matters? for a large ophthalmic practice
Town of Cape Charles
Planning Department Intern
2007 - 2007
- Assisted Planning Director with population study, community charrettes, and mapping projects

Education

The College of William and Mary
Bachelor of Arts, English Major
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articles
press releases
blog
brochure
website copy
sales copy
advertorial
creative writing
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