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MARGARET MAY

WRITER | COPYEDITOR | CREATOR

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SIMPLY PUT, MARGARET IS A CREATIVE CLOSE-LOOKER.

She graduated cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in writing, and double minored in art history and nutrition & food science.


Originally from Wilton, CT, Margaret returned to the Fairfield County area post undergrad, where she worked as an English and electives teacher/mentor at Fusion Academy Fairfield, an individualized private school with a one-to-one teaching model. During her time teaching, she also started freelance copyediting, working as a contributing copyeditor for Golf Magazine, a position she still holds.


Margaret is currently based in the Tri-State area, where she continues to expand her skill set and gain interdisciplinary experience across numerous industries. Along with her continued copywriting and copyediting contributions, she self-publishes a series of personal essays on her Substack: Here, There, Everywhere.

Last minute need-to-knows about Margaret: She's down to eat any and all Asian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; she loves a clever pun; art history factoids make her giddy; and she is a passionate proponent of the Oxford comma. 

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"[Margaret] is smart, professional, and hardworking. [She] undertook any research or writing task I threw at her—often on short notice—without complaint, and delivered excellent results every time.... Her writing style is fluid and informative and editorial suggestions were accepted with grace.


Margaret is also a very organized and thorough individual with excellent communication skills. She knows how to prioritize, has a keen eye for detail, and is able to anticipate editorial needs." 

— Megan Smith-Harris, Former Editor of Wilton Magazine

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WORDS | WRITING & COPYEDITING PORTFOLIO

FREELANCE COPYWRITER/EDITORIALIST FOR MARQUIS WHO'S WHO

August 2023 - Present

"Marquis Who’s Who was established in 1898 and promptly began publishing biographical data in 1899. More than 125 years ago, our founder, Albert Nelson Marquis, established a standard of excellence with the first publication of Who’s Who in America."

As a contracted copywriter by Marquis Who's Who, Margaret crafts 10-15 comprehensive press releases (at roughly 1,200 words per piece) per week for persons of note, writing to highlight their education, career, civic engagements, awards and achievements in their field. She self edits and incorporates feedback from others to ensure clarity of meaning, adherence to AP style and the in-house style guide.  

COPYEDITING FOR OFFLINE TIME

January 2023 - Present

Offline Time (formerly Pet Hair on Everything), written by Lee Tilghman, is a newsletter "...sharing space for practical offline practices and critically looking at our digital lives." It was also a 2022 Substack Featured Publication.

HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

November 2022 - Present

"Writings from a young woman as she travels abroad (and back home), into the recesses of her own mind, and down rabbit holes. In other words, a newsletter with so many foci, it's here, there, and everywhere all at once."

Check out Margaret's self-publication, born of her desire to embark on a writing project and grounded in her traveling abroad and into the recesses of her own mind.

COPYEDITING FOR GOLF MAGAZINE

2021 - Present

Margaret is a contributing copyeditor for GOLF Magazine, a publication of EB Golf Media LLC. It has a readership of over 1.2 million people. To view the publication that Margaret contributes to, check out the magazine below.

COPYEDIT OF MACHADO DE ASSISTHE WORLD KEEPS CHANGING TO REMAIN THE SAME BY MARIO HIGA

Book release: 2022
Copyediting contribution: Mar. - Aug. 2021

Margaret supported Higa in the early stages of his manuscript writing. She was contracted to provide heavy copyediting and reader feedback on the academic manuscript to ensure a clean a copy was received by publishing house.

To view (and purchase) Higa's book, along with Margaret's acknowledgement, click the button below.

"WHERE CAN I SHOP LOCALLY AND SUSTAINABLY?"
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"HOW CAN I LIMIT MY EXPOSURE TO RADIATION FROM MY PERSONAL ELECTRONICS?"

Wilton Magazine
March/April 2019 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Two sidebars that appear in the "We've Got Answers" section, responding to questions on sustainability and the environment.

"CONTEMPORARY REVISION"

Ridgefield Magazine
March/April 2019 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Featured article: Fine art re-designs a Georgian-style manse.

"HISTORICAL FINDS"

Wilton Magazine
Wilton Town Guide 2019 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)


"WORKOUT BLAHS?"

Wilton Magazine
Wilton Town Guide 2019 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)


"ADULTS CAN PLAY TOO!"

Wilton Magazine
Wilton Town Guide 2019 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)


"DESTINATION WESTPORT"

Wilton Magazine
November/December 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Exploring the other "W".

"SABREUSE GALYA PUNDYK"

Wilton Magazine
September/October 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Featured article: The evolution of an Olympic fencer.

"SHOWTIME"

Ridgefield Magazine
September/October 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Performing artists glam up locally to take on the town.

"THEATER MAGIC"

Ridgefield Magazine
September/October 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Featured article: What happens before a musical opens.

"UNCOVERING UNDERCOVER"

Ridgefield Magazine
September/October 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Info on local event at Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.

TRUE OR FALSE?

Education Issue
September 2018
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

FAQs about private and independent schools.

ROLEXES & ZOMBIES

Education Issue
September 2018
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Four wacky yet wonderfully helpful scholarships.

"GATHERING PLACE"

Ridgefield Magazine
July/August 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Featured article: A historic home pulses with all things old, local, and new.

"FROM SCREEN TO ROCK"
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"MAMMA MIA!"

Ridgefield Magazine
July/August 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

"From Screen to Rock" (Sidebar): Celebrity bands at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

"Mamma Mia!" (Blurb): Info on the when & where of a local production of Mamma Mia! at ACT.

"HEY, MICKEY"

Ridgefield Magazine
July/August 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Fun fact blurb accompanying the main article "Where the Wild Things Were".

"RUN TO THE RACKS!"

Ridgefield Magazine
July/August 2018 issue
Published by Moffly Media (formerly TownVibe)

Blurb spotlighting local store.

"I LIVE LIKE A CARRIER PIGEON"
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"FAMISHED"

Vantage Point

Spring 2018 issue

Two poems featured in The Gist (formerly Vantage Point), UVM's Literary and Visual Arts Journal.

"I live like a carrier pigeon": p. 45

 "Famished": p. 54

Issue Citation: 

Point, Vantage (2018) "Vantage Point: Spring 2018," Vantage Point: Vol. 4 : Iss. 1 , Article 1.

Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/vantagepoint/vol4/iss1/1

"CHIAROSCURO"

Vantage Point

Fall 2016 issue

A poem featured (on page 23) in The Gist (formerly Vantage Point), UVM's Literary and Visual Arts Journal.

 

Issue Citation: Point, Vantage (2017) "Fall 2016," Vantage Point: Vol. 2 : Iss. 2 , Article 1. 
Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/vantagepoint/vol2/iss2/1

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ART | VISUAL PORTFOLIO

To see what Margaret is creating in her free time, visit the hashtag #visualsby_mm on Instagram.

Interlaced

Interlaced

Originally featured in The Gist (formerly Vantage Point), UVM's Literary and Visual Arts Journal. Issue Citation: Point, Vantage (2017) "Fall 2016," Vantage Point: Vol. 2 : Iss. 2 , Article 1. Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/vantagepoint/vol2/iss2/1

The Canvas Out There

The Canvas Out There

Originally featured in The Gist (formerly Vantage Point), UVM's Literary and Visual Arts Journal. Issue Citation: Point, Vantage (2017) "Fall 2016," Vantage Point: Vol. 2 : Iss. 2 , Article 1. Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/vantagepoint/vol2/iss2/1

Nature Administers a Rorschach Test

Nature Administers a Rorschach Test

Republished in the November 2019 Issue (Nonfiction, Volume VII) of Plain China, Virginia Commonwealth University's online anthology of the best undergraduate writing nationwide (https://plainchina.org/2019/11/01/beauty-sleep/). Originally featured in The Gist (formerly Vantage Point), UVM's Literary and Visual Arts Journal. Issue Citation: Point, Vantage (2018) "Vantage Point: Spring 2018," Vantage Point: Vol. 4 : Iss. 1 , Article 1. Available at: https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/vantagepoint/vol4/iss1/1

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FREELANCE SERVICES

From contracted creation to collaboration to instruction, Margaret offers a wide range of services to meet your needs.

Note: Rates can be offered on a sliding scale. Contact Margaret to discuss the nature of your project and needs.

CONTENT CREATION

Magazine article? Promotional writing? Slogan? You need it, Margaret will write it. Contact her to discuss your content vision and needs.

PROOFREADING, COPY EDITING, CONTENT EDITING, & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

For all your proofreading, copyediting, content editing, and developmental editing questions and needs, Margaret's got you! Press the button below to read the service descriptions and rates.

TUTORING
(WRITING, ENGLISH)

Do you want to sharpen and fine tune your written communication skills?

Do you want your child to improve upon their current writing skills? 

Does your teen need support and feedback on their college essay?

Are you a college student looking for essay feedback from a certified CRLA writing tutor?

Want Margaret to host a writing workshop at your place of work, school, or community center?

One-one-one tutoring sessions start at $120 per hour or are offered on a sliding scale. For a customized quote, press the button below. 

CUSTOM CARDS

Birthday. Wedding. Get Well Soon. Just Because. Congratulations! Whatever the occasion may be, make it even more special with a custom card. 

Contact Margaret to get a quote. Most card creation requests start at just $10! 

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK
(DRAWING, COLLAGE, MIXED MEDIUM)

Looking for some wall art? With just one click, you'll be on your way to owning a one-of-a-kind creation.

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CONTACT

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