Kara Skruck Williams

Kara Skruck Williams

Travel Expert/Freelance Writer

Location
Grand Junction, Colorado Area
Industry
Writing and Editing

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Kara Skruck Williams's Overview

Current
  • Freelance Writer at Self Employed
Past
Education
Connections

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Kara Skruck Williams' Summary

I'm an award-winning freelance journalist who has covered topics ranging from business and babies to skiing and spas in my 23-year writing career.

Of the many editorial hats I've worn, I've been a corporate copyeditor, magazine editor, newspaper reporter and online-marketing writer.

Lately, my interests have turned to travel writing and blogging, but I continue to keep my toes in the corporate world, working with clients for whom I write newsletter copy and press releases.

My articles have appeared in Every Day with Rachael Ray, Ocean Home, Thomas Cook Travel, Working Mother, Interval World, Sunset, American Eagle Latitudes, 5280, Denver Life, Dallas Morning News and Mountain Parent. Online you can find my work at Away.com, Fodors.com, FamilyVacationCritic.com and PracticalTravelGear.com.

I pen a monthly travel column for The Denver Post, and I write regularly about worldwide destinations for the Expedia Viewfinder blog.

I have written for custom publications produced by Weaver Multimedia Group, Inspirato, The Broadmoor, Vail Resorts, AffordableTours.com, Aspen Chamber Resort Association and Glenwood Springs Chamber.

I have spoken about travel writing, social media and blogging at multiple conferences and events across the United States.

Specialties: Writing, editing, proofreading. Editorial articles, newsletters, press releases, advertorials, ad copy, brochure copy, blog posts.

Kara Skruck Williams' Experience

Freelance Writer

Self Employed

April 1999Present (15 years 6 months) Colorado

As a freelance writer, my clients include magazines, newspapers and online outlets. Current work can be found in The Denver Post, Expedia Viewfinder blog, AAA EnCompass, Luxury Las Vegas and MiniTime.com.

I am an experienced writer, editor and proofreader.

Communications Coordinator

Semester At Sea / ISE

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry

June 2014August 2014 (3 months) Summer 2014 Voyage - Europe & Scandinavia

Writing articles and taking photographs for "News from the Helm," the Semester at Sea blog; managing student workers; updating Facebook and Twitter.

Editor, PR Manager

Group Voyagers, Inc.

October 1995April 1999 (3 years 7 months)

Edited tour brochures, wrote advertising copy, coordinated internal newsletter, liaised with contracted PR firm.

Associate Editor

Aspen Magazine

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Writing and Editing industry

October 1994March 1995 (6 months)

Wrote, edited and fact-checked feature and departmental stories.

Assistant Editor

Working Mother Media

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Publishing industry

June 1991April 1994 (2 years 11 months)

Wrote stories, fact-checked articles, edited "Mother to Mother" section.

Kara Skruck Williams' Publications

Kara Skruck Williams' Skills & Expertise

  1. Writing
  2. Editing
  3. Proofreading
  4. Copywriting
  5. Travel Writing
  6. Brochure Copy
  7. Newsletters
  8. Blogging
  9. Freelance Writing
  10. Web Content
  11. Press Releases
  12. Editorial
  13. Social Media
  14. Feature Articles
  15. Copy Editing
  16. Magazines
  17. Journalism
  18. Magazine Articles
  19. Newspapers
  20. Blogger
  21. Content Management
  22. Media Relations
  23. New Media
  24. Fact-checking
  25. Social Networking
  26. Marketing Copy
  27. SEO copywriting
  28. Social Media Marketing
  29. Public Relations
  30. Live Blogging

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Kara Skruck Williams' Education

Dartmouth College

B.A., English

19871991

Activities and Societies: The Dartmouth newspaper

Kara Skruck Williams' Additional Information

Interests:

Travel, Social Media, Fitness, Outdoors, Parenting

Groups and Associations:

SATW, TBEX

Honors and Awards:

2012: Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
Gold: The Vacation Gals for Best Travel Blog

2011: NATJA Annual Awards
“Affordable Aulani” for Budget Travel – Internet

2010: NATJA Annual Awards
Silver: “A Perfect Day at The Broadmoor” for Resorts – Internet

2007: PPA Editorial & Design Awards Competition
Gold: "Lovin' Legoland," Mountain Parent, Travel Feature
Bronze: "Kauai with Kids," Mountain Parent, Travel Feature

2006: PPA Editorial & Design Awards Competition
Silver: "Labor of Love," Mountain Parent, Profile
Silver: "Doin' Disney," Mountain Parent, Travel Feature

2005: PPA Editorial & Design Awards Competition
Rookie of the Year: Mountain Parent, which I edited at the time
Bronze: "Goin' Places," Mountain Parent, Special Section

2004: Colorado Press Association Annual Awards
Third Place: "Boy's angel sighting leads to rescue of injured snowmobiler," Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Best News Story

See also: http://karaswilliams.com/awards/

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