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Amanda Surowitz is a storyteller by trade. She writes food and travel articles, business profiles, and science fiction/fantasy. Using her years of experience as a journalist, public relations writer, and digital content specialist for websites and social media, she simplifies the basics of branding and marketing for creatives.

In addition to the free educational resources she provides on her blog at ajswitz.com, Amanda offers content strategy services. Learn more at amandasurowitz.com.

How Does Someone Like Me Become a Writer and Content Specialist?

  • 2008-2011

    For most of high school, I planned to work professionally as a graphic designer and just write in my spare time. I wrote for the school newspaper, served as editor of the arts & entertainment section, and had some poetry published in the school literary arts magazine. In 2010, I started blogging to chronicle my journey as a hobbyist writer who wanted to have a book published.

  • 2011-2015

    In my first year at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), I realized writing was my true passion. I worked as the chief copy editor for the award-winning, student-run literary arts magazine and the online newspaper. In 2015, I graduated with a degree in Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

  • 2015-2017

    After a 3-month internship in SCAD’s PR & marketing department, I received an offer for full-time employment as a writer. When I wasn’t running the university blog or writing and editing social media content, I worked on press releases and media coverage reports. This was also when I experienced all my celebrity encounters, interviewing big-name artists, actors, and titans of fashion on the red carpet!

  • 2017-2019

    I worked for a small tourism publishing company and did just about everything that falls under the umbrella term “content specialist.” I took photos and videos for social media and web articles. I wrote print and digital articles and advertorials on local businesses. I managed and mentored freelance writers. I provided information, recommendations, and customer support via phone, email, and social media. I assisted in providing website management and maintenance. And I managed all 14 of their social media accounts. Whew!

  • 2019-2020

    At first, I was a full-time web content specialist for Georgia Southern University. I worked closely with other writers, the marketing team, and degree program heads on a major copywriting overhaul for over 100 program pages. Then in 2020, my job became a remote contract position as I moved with my husband from Georgia to Indiana.

  • 2020-NOW

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, I took some time off from social media and normal 9-5 work to focus on my own writing and mental health. I formed connections with other creatives and discovered they could benefit from my knowledge and experience. In 2021, I decided to get serious about helping creatives.

You can find out more about how I help creatives define and market themselves as a brand at amandasurowitz.com.

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