One of the most important tools a freelance writer or editor can have when it comes to networking online is a well-made writer website. Twitter is a great place for making new connections and finding out about gigs or a potential client, but a professional online portfolio is a must when you’re reaching out to pitch new article ideas or apply for jobs.
A great writer website doesn’t have to be complicated. Your online portfolio can be as simple as a biography introducing you and your work and a list of links to published clips. Or you might want to go more in-depth and include a CV of your accomplishments, some personal projects and job to give your website more personality. You may also share a blog post or two that you’ve published to showcase your writing.
Whether you keep your writing portfolio brief or decide to make it more detailed, good design is key to ensuring that your work shines. We’ve put together a list of some of the best writer websites built using Format to help get you inspired. Take inspiration from their website to think about any topic or piece you may want to add to your own portfolio. These writers cover everything from journalism to fiction to fashion, and all of their online writing portfolios stand out just as much as their work.
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Brooklyn-based writer Jennifer Fernandez uses a grid-based theme to showcase a range of links to writing samples, including a thumbnail image and title for each one. Fernandez has been on staff at Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, and Martha Stewart Weddings, and has worked for business clients including Zappos and Brooklinen. She organizes her writing website into categories of Design, Travel, and Lifestyle content to make browsing easy and to showcase the type of writing she has experience in.
Award-winning Igbo and Tamil writer and artist Akwaeke Emezi keeps things simple on their writing portfolio with a text-focused design and lots of information about their work. Their debut autobiographical novel FRESHWATER was critically acclaimed by publications like The New Yorker and NPR, and they also have two new books forthcoming from Knopf and Riverhead Books. Their website is a simple way to put the main focus on their work.
Kristen V. Bateman
Fashion and culture writer and editor Kristen V. Bateman keeps her online portfolio visually interesting with a theme that introduces each of her published clips via an image and title. Bateman’s extensive portfolio can be browsed by publications (which include Vogue, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more), as well as by category.
Elise R. Peterson
The work of New York artist and writer Elise R. Peterson has appeared in Paper Magazine, Lenny Letter, and Elle, among other publications. Her recent book with Feminist Press, How Mamas Love Their Babies, explores an inclusive idea of motherhood along with co-author Juniper Fitzgerald. Including a link to pre-order her book right on her sidebar menu ensures that visitors to Peterson’s site will be up to date on her latest work.
Freelance journalist and writer Rebecca Hobson introduces her online portfolio with a professional photograph of herself and links to different sections of her writing website. Based in Bristol, Hobson has also lived and worked in India. She has written for publications including the BBC, Vice, and The Times. Organizing her writing portfolio into different sections such as Content Marketing and Current Affairs, her freelance writing portfolio allows viewers to explore all the different facets of her work.
Award-winning and widely-published journalist Alice Driver includes a detailed yet concise biography introducing who she is and what she does, a great way of allowing visitors to her site to quickly understand the focus of her work. An additional page of recent clips, organized with titles and thumbnail images, makes further reading of her published projects instantly accessible. Based in Mexico City, Driver’s work focuses on migration, human rights, and gender equality.
Los-Angeles based photojournalist and scholar Tara Pixley was a recent Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, and has published her photography and writing on media in a range of publications such as Newsweek, New York Times, and ProPublica. Pixley’s online portfolio features a selection of her photojournalism as well as a section showcasing some of her published writing.
A photographer and writer based in New York City, Max Campbell balances his photography and writing work on his website with a brief portfolio of images and a page that points visitors to examples of his published work, mostly for The New Yorker and Aperture.
Writer Elaine Bleakney introduces her works on her website with images of the book covers and recommendations from peers and critics. Her simple layout keeps the focus on her work, easily allowing visitors to follow links to her published work or consider purchasing one of her publications.
Scott Broker’s writing website features a headshot and brief biography right on the homepage, instantly giving visitors a feel for who he is. Based in Ohio, Broker is currently an MFA candidate at Ohio State University, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His writing portfolio includes a selection of publications with a brief description of each one.
Now that you’ve reviewed the writer portfolios for inspiration, you can set up your own portfolio. When putting together your portfolio, make sure you choose a website builder that is easy to use and has plenty of templates to choose from. Website builders, like Format or Wordpress, allows for customization. Get started with your portfolio and put your website together with Format.
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