ABOUT ME

Nice to meet you

Ryan Maskell is a freelance writer and editor who has had a passion for gaming, stories and technology since early childhood. Previously a commissioning editor at milk. magazine, he now uses the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree to report on the things he loves and write his debut novel.

Ryan Maskell
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EDUCATION

Bath Spa University

I graduated with a 2:1 in Creative Writing and Publishing with an overall mark of 68.29

It was during this time that I began work on a number of projects, both with clients and as part of a larger team.

In my first year, I collaborated with children, colleagues and internationally best-selling authors to design and edit a charity booklet for The Children’s Society. I also created several posters and leaflets for Illuminate Bath and wrote articles for a variety of different audiences.

During the second year, I created Immerse, an ambitious gaming and soundtrack magazine that came from a two-man team. Using skills gained in Adobe InDesign, I designed the 32-page issue, wrote many of the articles, and edited the ones I didn’t. I also began my position as commissioning editor of games at milk. magazine, where I wrote, edited, planned and marketed content.

The third year was dedicated to putting my skills into practice. I designed and created website for indie film Sixteen, also taking care of promotion via social media. I also began working on this portfolio site and wrote a significant portion of my debut novel.

Modules

Copywriting and Editing

Copywriting and Text Editing [70]: Fundamental writing and editing skills,  responding to a brief, and creating a return brief, sourcing, assessing, re-working, and correcting text competently, to suit its end use, project and time management skills, portfolio presentation skills.

Digital Publishing [66]: App creation using Adobe Experience Manager, e-book creation, website creation including use of content management systems (WordPress).Collaborative problem-solving and project management for creative content (e.g. new product development/ online promotions).

Professional Writing [71]: Developed non-fiction writing skills and learned to apply them across a variety of contexts. Covered copywriting, speechwriting, online journalism, press releases, advertising, long-form nonfiction, travel writing and more. Particular focus on clarity, concision, audience and tone of voice.

The Business of Publishing [70]: Developed a variety of traditional and web publications to learn specific skills in the publishing process. Magazine production, research, understanding the business of publishing, brand management, marketing and market research, project management, presentation skills.

The Editor [62]: Covered critical thinking; sourcing, generating, selecting and pitching ideas. Project management and scheduling. Focused on shaping text: cutting and rewriting where necessary, structuring text for clarity and readability. Proofreading fiction and non-fiction to house style.

 

 

 

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Design

Digital Natives [71]: The design process, from start to complete product. Design principles, layout design, colour theories, reaching different audiences, technical aspects of design and promotion, promoting design material via social media, presentation techniques.

Digital Publishing [66]:App creation using Adobe Experience Manager, e-book creation, website creation including use of content management systems (WordPress).Collaborative problem-solving and project management for creative content (e.g. new product development/ online promotions).

The Business of Publishing [70]: Developed a variety of traditional and web publications to learn specific skills in the publishing process. Magazine production, research, understanding the business of publishing, brand management, marketing and market research, project management, presentation skills.02

Fiction

Genre Fiction [71]: Analysis and writing of a number of different genres, including fantasy, horror, dystopia, romance and thriller. Developed skills in genre writing, analysis, presentation and different writing styles and techniques.

Introduction to Scriptwriting [73]: Learned a variety of scriptwriting conventions and styles. Experimented by putting ideas into practice. Developed a range of techniques involved in writing for performance. Planned and produced a video game script and soap opera episode. Improved creative and analytical skills.

Writer’s Workshop I [73]: Introduction to the writer’s workshop and processes. Individual genres, with emphasis on generating ideas and approaches to composition and revision: lifewriting, scriptwriting, poetry, performance poetry, the short story, and writing for young people. Development of a group creative project, from an initial proposal, to the project’s completion, to a reflective report.

Writer’s Workshop II [66]: Development of writing, confidence as a practitioner, possible markets or outlets for writing, identification of the needs of publications. Ability to write new work, or rewrite, edit or otherwise adapt existing work for a specific publication or outlet. How to approach editors, including networking, query letters, and telephone pitches. Understanding good business practice: professional correspondence, timeliness, responsiveness, courtesy, delivery.03

EXPERIENCE

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