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  Elisa Ludwig
Professional/Personal Overview
  Efficient, versatile and highly reliable, I'm a one-stop shop for strong, concise writing and solid reporting. I work quickly and deliver results for my clients. I've been working as a self-employed journalist, fiction writer and copywriter for a decade. My contracts have been diverse: I have edited a cookbook (At Home by Steve Poses), written children's books and YA fiction; reviewed fiction and cookbooks; penned magazine features; reported on the pharmaceutical industry; contributed copy for newsletters, websites and annual reports; and covered the Philadelphia dining and art scene for a variety of publications. I have extensive experience in custom publishing, advertorial copy and ghost-blogging. Areas of special interest include food, dining, medicine and health, books, travel and the Philadelphia region. My debut YA novel, PRETTY CROOKED, was published in March 2012 by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. For more information, see http://clearcutcopy.com.
Work Info
Copywriter 10 Years
Editor 11 Years
Writer 12 Years
Health 10 Years
Arts & Humanities 12 Years
Food 12 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
13 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Philadelphia Inquirer (11+), Publishers Weekly (11+), Signature Brandywine (3-5), eMusic (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Crozer-Keystone Health System (11+), Frog Commissary Catering/At Home by Steve Poses (11+), Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania (11+), NetDiligence (11+), Signature Communications (11+), University of Pennsylvania (11+), Viking (11+), Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (11+), Lion's Share (6-10), Dunwoody Village (3-5), Globe Pequot Press (1-2), Wharton School (1-2)
Other Work History
Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor, Philadelphia Weekly
Staff Writer, Philadelphia Weekly
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Quark, OS 10, Powerpoint, Prezi
Foreign Language Skills
Keystone Association, Feature Beat Reporting, 2002
Residency, Jentel, 2004
Residency, Vermont Studio Center, 2004
Honorable Mention, RRohife Trophy for Short Stories, 2006
Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
BA, Vassar College, 1996
MA, Temple University, 1999
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Philadelphia, PA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Writing Samples  
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/22/2012)
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/19/2012)
On the lifecycle of restaurant trends.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/19/2012)
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/8/2010)
A feature looking at a CSA offering medicinal herbs and highlighting their kitchen uses.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/29/2010)
A feature exploring the diverse brunch options of South Philly
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/15/2010)
A feature delving into the foods and health benefits of the anti-inflammatory diet.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/17/2009)
A feature about the seven fishes Christmas Eve tradition and how to update it for the busy modern home.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/19/2009)
A feature about culinary uses for pumpkins.
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/7/2009)
Investigating natural alternatives to sugar and how to use them
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/28/2008)
A feature about a multicultural community garden in Northeast Philadelphia.
(eMusic, 7/8/2008)
(City Paper, 8/10/2006)
A cover story on the 100-Mile Diet and local eating.
(EatingWell, 4/1/2006)
A feature on SVO-fueled cars.
(City Paper, 3/30/2006)
Philadelphia Film Festival feature
(City Paper, 3/16/2006)
Review of Sovana Bistro
Writing Plus  
(GPTMC, 6/10/2010)
A website devoted to local food resources aimed at both residents and tourists. I contributed much of the copy and developed all of the featured recipes.
A home entertaining cookbook and website I co-authored with caterer/chef/restaurateur Steve Poses.