Testimonials
Hear what freelancers and the employers who hire them have to say.
Send us your stories.


Freelance Marketplace Forum 17 topics
TIP ON PHOTO WEBSITE & COMPANY BEING RUN BY TEENS (1) 6/30/2014
Acento enfático agencia de diseño contratación (2) 5/13/2014
Returning to work as freelance proofreader (1) 5/1/2014
more... - post new topic

Have a question?
Read our FAQs or contact us by email or at 212-547-7934
  Stephanie Anderson Witmer
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I've written about food, home/garden, health & parenting for USA Today, Women's Health, Civil Eats, Better Homes & Gardens, Forbes Travel Guide, LiveLoveLux.com, Spirit, Susquehanna Style, and more. Profiles are a specialty.

I also do copywriting, copyediting and proofreading for print & the web.

In 2007, Chronicle Books published my cookbooks, KILLER PIES and KILLER CHILI. I'm also a former magazine managing editor. I taught college-level writing and journalism courses for 10 years.

What do I bring to the table? Stylish wordsmithery. Meticulous editing. Compelling storytelling. Strong reporting and research. An ear for quotes. Work that's clean and on time.

I freelance full time, and I'm ALWAYS looking for new projects. I have a flexible schedule and am close to Philadelphia, D.C./Baltimore & NYC.

E-mail: stephanieawitmer (at) gmail (dot) com

Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 11 Years
Editor 13 Years
Writer 17 Years
Specialty
Food 14 Years
Health 17 Years
Home & Garden 17 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
17 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Susquehanna Style magazine (11+), LiveLoveLux.com (11+), FEAST magazine (copyediting, fact-checking) (11+), Fig magazine (writing & proofreading) (11+), DailyParent.com (6-10), USA Today custom magazines (6-10), The Penn Stater (3-5), Pennsylvania Pursuits magazine (3-5), ExplorePAHistory.com (copyediting) (3-5), Central Penn Parent (3-5), CivilEats.com (1-2), Better Homes & Gardens (1-2), CakeSpy.com (1-2), Forbes Travel Guide/Startle.com (1-2), Punchfork.com (1-2), Women's Health (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Electrolux (11+), Parragon Books (6-10), ExplorePAHistory.com/WITF, Inc. (3-5), Moxie House (copywriting) (3-5), Downtown Carlisle Association (PA) (1-2), Keybridge Communications (copyediting) (1-2), Creative Vision (1-2), Volvo (1-2), Yoga at Simply Well.com (copyediting) (1-2)
Other Work History
blogger, freelance writer, freelance editor, copywriter, copyeditor, proofreader, fact-checker, managing editor, online magazine founder/editor, cookbook author, writing instructor/professor
Computer Skills
Mac, Windows, MS Office Suite, Dreamweaver, Quark XPress, HTML, Photoshop, InDesign, SoundSlides, SEO
Technical Skills
Photography, photo editing, blogging, podcasting, magazine design, multimedia story packages, digital storytelling, SEO, copywriting
Equipment
MacBook Pro laptop, printer, DSLR camera, fax machine, scanner, copier, podcasting equipment, digital voice recorder, iPad, iPhone
Awards
Gold Award for feature-writing, International Association of Business Communicators (2001); nominated for CRMA Feature-Writing Award (2001); nominated for PSU English Dept. Teaching Award (2005)
Associations
Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Editorial Freelancers Association, Association of Food Journalists, Freelance Success, NAIWE
Other
I graduated from Penn State University's M.F.A. program for nonfiction writing. I taught creative-writing courses at Penn State University, Harrisburg Area Community College, and now at Shippensburg University. I have extensive knowledge of and experience in magazine writing. I've been freelancing for 16 years, and worked as a magazine editor for 4 years before grad school, first as an assistant editor, and then 2 years as managing editor. I founded, designed, and edited an online magazine, Evil Genius magazine.com (now defunct).

I'm available for all sorts of freelance writing and editing jobs. I live close to Philly, Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore & NYC.

I've appeared on TV (baking pies on a Comcast InDemand cooking show) and on radio (on MSL's Sirius morning show and during WITF-FM's coverage of the 9/11 attacks in 2001).
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
HEALTH + WELLNESS  
(Women's Health , 9/5/2013)
(Women's Health, 9/1/2013)
A look at the possible promising benefits of aspirin
(Central Penn Parent 2012 Maternity & Baby Guide, 12/1/2011)
The benefits of exercise -- in particular, prenatal yoga -- during pregnancy
(Better Homes & Gardens, 3/1/2011)
Food experts -- Mark Bittman, Melina Jampolis, David Kessler, Brian Wansink and the Real Food Moms --- weigh in on the easiest ways to improve you & your family's eating habits
(Central PA magazine, 10/1/2005)
As the title says, migraines are more than just headaches.
HOME + GARDEN  
(LiveLoveLux.com/Electrolux, 7/16/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 12/9/2013)
Corral clutter, make a meal plan, and more
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/25/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 9/3/2013)
No more cubicles and no more overhead fluorescent lighting. Design your home office right.
(LiveLoveLux.com, 5/20/2013)
Integrating emerald, Pantone's Color of the Year pick for 2013, into your home and wardrobe
(SusquehannaStyle.com, 3/1/2012)
A roundup of Easter craft ideas from around the web
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 3/1/2011)
Kid-friendly room and closet design
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 9/1/2010)
An inside look at a funky city warehouse-turned-loft & the super-stylish couple that inhabits it.
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 9/1/2009)
What's one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to freshen up your space? A new coat of paint!
(Central PA magazine, 9/1/2005)
A Pennsylvania family and their English-style cottage prove that less is sometimes more.
(Central PA magazine, 9/1/2004)
A tour of the kitchens of two restaurateur couples
BOOK REVIEWS  
(Rain Taxi, 7/1/2004)
A review of Amanda Stern's novel "The Long Haul" (Soft Skull Press, 2004).
FOOD + ENTERTAINING  
(Civil Eats.com, 9/9/2014)
(Civil Eats.com, 8/7/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com/Electrolux, 7/24/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com/Electrolux, 6/26/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 4/11/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 4/10/2014)
How to use the whole plant --- scraps, peels and all
(LiveLoveLux.com, 2/12/2014)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 12/18/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/11/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/8/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/8/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/6/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 11/5/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 10/18/2013)
Vinegar, or shrub, cocktails are arguably one of the oldest of the vintage-cocktail trends, dating back to the Colonial era. They fell out of fashion for many, many years, but they're back---and tastier than ever.
(LiveLoveLux.com, 10/11/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 9/17/2013)
Versions of homey favorites that are elevated enough for a dinner party or special occasion but still deliciously familiar
(LiveLoveLux.com, 9/5/2013)
A cheesemonger's advice for picking the perfect cheese and wine to create an amazing cheese course
(LiveLoveLux.com, 9/3/2013)
New takes on the classic
(LiveLoveLux.com, 8/30/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 8/13/2013)
Sometimes couples want to keep the wedding part of a wedding to themselves and throw a reception later. Here are some tips to avoiding hurt feelings and social faux pas in the process.
(LiveLoveLux.com, 8/6/2013)
Lobster has a reputation for being decadent and fancy, which may spook some home cooks into attempting to make it themselves. You don't need to leave it to the pros - just keep it simple.
(LiveLoveLux.com, 7/23/2013)
(LiveLoveLux.com, 7/13/2013)
Throw a great gathering in no time flat
(Fig West Chester, 6/1/2013)
Short profile of artisan cheesemaker Kristian Holbrook of Doe Run Farm (Pa.)
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 6/27/2012)
Getting kids to eat their veggies, starting with the summer's bounty of squash and zucchini
(Susquehanna Style.com, 6/27/2012)
Recipes and ideas for food that kids will actually want to eat
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 3/1/2012)
A look at Easter food traditions, including a family recipe of my own.
(CakeSpy.com, 12/17/2011)
A family favorite: Christmas chocolate-crinkle cookies
(Punchfork.com, 8/26/2011)
A round-up of unusual ice cream flavors, including candied bacon and duck fat caramel soy sauce
(Pursuits magazine, 9/1/2010)
Food article about Harvest, a environmentally focused, local-foods restaurant in Hershey, Pa.
(Spirit magazine, 5/1/2008)
Great pie spots from around the country
(Killer Pies (becker&mayer!/Chronicle Books), 3/1/2007)
Raspberry-rhubarb pie from Cascadia Bakery in Victoria, BC, Canada
(Killer Pies (becker&mayer!/ChronicleChronicle Books), 3/1/2007)
Old-fashioned apple pie from The Little Pie Company, New York City
(Central PA magazine, 1/1/2007)
(Central PA magazine, 10/1/2006)
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 1/1/2006)
Ideas and recipes for planning a more "the-more-the-merrier" kind of Valentine's Day
FEATURES + PROFILES  
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine, 10/18/2014)
Treatment for breast cancer often means surgery, and women find their bodies irrevocably changed as a result. No one understands this better than a survivor herself. Here are 4 women, all breast cancer survivors, who created companies to meet the specific needs of a woman's body after breast cancer.
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine, 10/11/2014)
Tattoos provide healing power for breast cancer survivors
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine, 10/8/2014)
Profiles of 4 fashion/jewelry designers who live and work outside of NYC, the world's fashion capital
(The Penn Stater, 6/15/2014)
(USA Today, Special Edition, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 3/20/2014)
A look at some of the Corps' most unusual jobs and the six compelling people who do them
(USA Today Modern Woman magazine, 10/20/2013)
Profiles of 4 fearless women: Mindy Budgor, Anna Chatten, Niki Nakayama and Rebecca Chopp
(Fig Magazine-Lancaster, Fall 2013 Issue, 9/1/2013)
A short profile of the indie-folk trio Vulcans, the WXPN Voices pick for Fall 2013.
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 11/1/2012)
Short profiles of the winners of the magazine's kids' photography contest
(Central PA magazine, 8/1/2004)
(Evil Genius magazine.com, 7/1/2003)
Profile of David Rees, creator of the cult-fave, critically acclaimed comic strip "Get Your War On"
(Evil Genius magazine.com, 1/1/2003)
Q&A with Seattle filmmaker/musician/juggler Greg Bennick
(Central PA magazine, 2/1/2002)
(Central PA magazine, 11/1/2001)
(Central PA magazine, 5/1/2001)
A summer camp for kids grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or other family member
(Central PA magazine, 5/1/2000)
Feature about the Carlisle Indian School, a boarding school for Native American children. Won IABC Gold Award for Feature Writing. Nominated for CRMA feature-writing award.
PARENTING + FAMILY  
(DailyParent.com, 12/1/2014)
It's this time of year, when all of the attention is on gifts and holiday feasts, that parents can introduce children to the concepts of gratitude and giving.
(DailyParent.com, 11/12/2014)
In a perfect world, our children would enthusiastically comply with requests to clean their rooms and eat their broccoli every time we asked. Alas, we parent in the real world, where our appeals may more frequently be met with a "No way!" instead of the cheery "OK!" we crave.
(USA Today | Back to School 2014, 7/15/2014)
(USA Today | Pet Guide 2014, 5/6/2014)
Your pet's well-being depends on how carefully you keep toxic substances out of reach. Here's how.
(DailyParent.com, 1/28/2014)
Four tips for raising more confident kids
(USA Today Guide to Kids' Health (Summer/Fall 2013), 8/1/2013)
Profiles of 5 mompreneurs who are making life easier for other moms
(Susquehanna Style.com, 11/1/2012)
A web round-up of kid-friendly Thanksgiving recipes and other fun holiday diversions
(Susquehanna Style.com, 10/1/2012)
A web round-up of fun (and spooky) Halloween activities to do with the kiddos
(Susquehanna Style.com, 1/5/2012)
A roundup of the best Valentine's Day crafts and treats for kids
(Susquehanna Style.com, 11/1/2011)
Roundup of great gift ideas from around the web
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 9/1/2011)
Tips from photographers for getting perfect family photos
(SusquehannaStyle.com, 9/1/2011)
Roundup of spook-tacular (yep, I said it) Halloween ideas from the web
(Central Penn Parent, 9/1/2011)
The challenges and triumphs of single parenting
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 5/1/2011)
Planning guide for kids' birthday parties
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 1/1/2011)
Choosing the right doctors for your child
(SmittenBlog.com, 10/31/2010)
On toddlers and the word "no"
ESSAYS  
(SmittenBlog.com, 2/3/2012)
How yoga has made me a better mother, wife, person, and the lessons its taught me about balance, strength and peace
(The Bird Sisters Blog, 12/30/2010)
I was invited to be a guest blogger on novelist Rebecca Rasmussen's blog, for which I wrote about motherhood, writing and finding some time for myself.
TRAVEL  
(Forbes Travel Guide/Startle.com, 11/15/2012)
A destination guide for the Laurel Highlands region in Pennsylvania
(Susquehanna Style magazine, 5/1/2012)
Tips for traveling with kids by car, by train and by plane
Contact Info
  Stephanie Anderson Witmer
Harrisburg, PA 
USA

Tel: 717-713-5730  
E-Mail: stephanieawitmer@gmail.com
Website: http://www.stephanieandersonwitmer.com