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  Fran Severn
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  A freelancer with the ability and interest to write about everything from a school for butlers in London to an engineering analysis of a dam collapse. My primary interest in travel and lifestyle, but I love writing for the trades because there is so much neat 'stuff' out there. I am fascinated by the unending variety of wisdom and wonders of the world. My business card reads "Eclectic Adventures & Traveler's Tales." That sums it up.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Coordinator 8 Years
Reporter 20 Years
Writer 30 Years
Specialty
Business (general) 20 Years
Lifestyle 25 Years
Travel 25 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
33 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Recreation News (11+), Chesapeake Taste (3-5), Maryland Life (1-2), Smithsonian Air & Space (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Insight Travel Guides (3-5), Am. Brd. Quality Assurance Physicans (1-2)
Other Work History
Author, "Art Drives on Delmarva;" PR Director, MD Office of Tourism; Consultant to Talbot County (MD) Office of Tourism; Community Relations Director, Upper Chesapeake Health System; Owner "Quick Trips Motor Coach Tours"
Computer Skills
Proficient in Word; comfortable with Vista's eccentricities
Technical Skills
Sony Vegas Editing; Adobe, Windows, and Canon Digital photo editing.
Equipment
HP Pavilion PC; Canon Rebel XSi; Flip Video; Sony Digital 8 Handicam;
Foreign Language Skills
I speak British, Australian, and American English.
References
Connie Yingling, PR Director, Maryland Office of Tourism; Nadja Maril, Editor, Chesapeake Taste: Holly Smith, Maryland Life; Joe Sugarman, Editor, Style Magazine; Marvin Bond, Editor, Recreation News Magazine; Debbie Dodson, Director, Talbot County Office of Tourism; Astrid deRidder, Insight Travel Guides; Kimberly Gorman, American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians
Awards
AP Radio Documentary on Teenage Suicides; NATJA Honorable Mention "Going, Going, Gone!" (Chesapeake Life); "Smoky the Bear" award for coverage of KY forest fires
Associations
International Food, Wine & Travel Writers; US Dressage Federation
Other
Courses in new media, copy writing, fact-checking. Experienced in special events planning and execution. Private Pilot. Avid horsewoman. Enjoy writing for trades because there's so much neat *stuff* to learn out there!
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Salisbury, MD. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Niche Magazine, 5/1/2000)
A look at the world of corporate gift-giving, primarily gifts from the high-end 'craft' world. Niche is a magazine for owners of high-end craft galleries.
(Chesapeake Life Magazine, 1/1/2000)
The weekly auction in Crumpton, MD is legendary for its size (3 auction areas), its length (9 am until sunset), its draw (dealers from as far away as Texas), and its longevity (since 1963). This piece won an Honorable Mention in the NATJA Travel Writing Contest.
(Recreation News)
It's a dark and gloomy night in Valley Forge. GW, LaFayette, and Von Steuben discuss where to eat. George worries about his teeth and there's this question about American Express Cards... Most of the places they discuss still exist and still serve visitors, tourists, even Tories.
(Recreation News)
First person account of trying both ice luge and street luge. Too much fun to be legal!
(Avid Editiing)
A look at creative ways Avid clients are using their product. This piece focuses on a production house in Ottawa, Canada that is using the product to move from commercial and advertising work into feature film.
(Delta Sky)
First-person account of participating in a clinical trial of a vaccine for cat allergies. Sure, clinical trials are important, but when you are hooked up to a device that measures the amount of dander in the air, then locked in a room with several shedding cats while techs watch to see if you can st
(Baltimore Jewish Times)
A fun piece about people who meet weekly to play their game of choice: Mah jonng, poker, pitch. There's some professional insight as to why people develop these long-term associations, with the profiles of the groups illustrating the principles.