WRITING PORTFOLIO

Select Projects and Pieces

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FOUR DOLLARS AND A DREAM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CINO CHEGIA

Author, Editor, and Publisher

The biography of an Italian World War II survivor who illegally immigrated to the U.S. and founded a youth soccer league. I spent 6 months researching the book - including translating Cino's handwritten memoir and spending one month in Italy - then wrote, edited, designed, laid out, self-published, and marketed the book. Nearly 500 copies sold to date, with articles in local and national publications!

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NECESSARY MEANS: "THE DIARY OF MALCOLM X" AND THE FIGHT FOR AN AMERICAN LEGACY

Cover Article - Newcity Magazine

A cover article I wrote for Newcity Magazine, a Chicago cultural weekly. Researched the story through primary and secondary sources, including Malcolm's unpublished biography; revised article based on editorial feedback. Published November 11, 2014.

OLDMAN, TAKE A LOOK AT MY LIFE

Book Review, Gary Oldman Is a Building You Must Walk Through - Atticus Review

A review of the novel Gary Oldman Is a Building You Must Walk Through, which I wrote for the literary magazine Atticus Review. An intellectual exploration of a dense, complex novel. Published February 26, 2018.

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IPADS AND ARTS EDUCATION: REWRITING CULTURAL NARRATIVES WITH THE 524 PROJECT

Blog Post - Edutopia

A blog post I wrote for Edutopia about The 524 Project, an educational initiative run by Young Playwrights' Theater and InsideOut Literary Arts to connect a high school classroom in Washington, DC with one in Detroit for artistic and cultural exchange via new media. I also helped run The 524 Project and managed its blog.

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2015 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL PAGE

Web Copywriting - Young Playwrights' Theater

The official webpage for Young Playwrights' Theater's 2015 New Play Festival. I wrote all the page copy (including play synopses), took the playwrights' photos, and designed the promotional image seen here.

1-800-CLOTHES MARKETING VIDEO

Scriptwriting

A marketing video for 1-800-clothes.com, a textile print-on-demand company. I wrote the script for this video, incorporating the client's vision and language, and took it through several rounds of revision.

Other writing highlights: The Laughing Mexican (screenplay rewrite; WGA #1411781); "Things to do in the Berkeley Marina" (BayArea.com); "The Kickstarter Chronicles" (Newcity.com); Film and Theater Reviews (KQED Arts)

Contact me for more information. Available for full-time, part-time, or freelance work!

CONTACT

SPANISH AND ITALIAN

Conversational in Spanish and Italian. Experience speaking, interviewing, reading, writing, and translating in both languages. Excellent accent and comprehension; comfortable conversing with native speakers.

COMPUTER SKILLS

Proficient in: Microsoft Office; Google Drive; Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Lightroom; Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram); Constant Contact

Conversant in: HTML5; Drupal; Wordpress and Tumblr; Final Cut Pro and iMovie; Final Draft; MailChimp

OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Skills: Music Performance (Voice and Piano); Acting (Stage and Screen); Dance Performance; Public Speaking

Interests: Environmentalism; Philosophy; Education; Social Justice; Theater; Literature; Sports; TV/Movies

LANGUAGES AND SKILLS

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS' THEATER'S FY16 ANNUAL REPORT

Designer, Writer, Project Manager

A 36-page, full-color booklet I designed and project-managed from end to end. In addition to writing all copy, taking most of the photos, and working with the printer, I commissioned a student to draw cartoon superheroes, which I used to guide readers through a year at YPT. I also produced YPT's FY14 and FY15 annual reports.

MY ART IS SO LOUD: POEMS AND PLAYS FROM THE 524 PROJECT

Editor-in-Chief

The final book of plays and poems from The 524 Project. I led the editorial process for this book, developing the book's thematic flow and managing editors in DC and Detroit. I also designed the book's cover and interior word-cloud graphics. 

THE 2016 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL - NIGHT TWO

Photographer

Night Two of Young Playwrights' Theater's 2016 New Play Festival. I photographed the performance on a DSLR camera, selected and edited photos in Adobe Lightroom, and posted a photo essay on Facebook. You can see more of my YPT photos at facebook.com/pg/YPTDC/photos - all albums from 2014-2016.

"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN..." COMPILATION VIDEO

Producer and Editor

A compilation video for Young Playwrights' Theater, of DC-area students and theater artists answering the question, "What happens when a young person realizes the power of her voice?" I sent out a call for videos, filmed several myself, and edited them into this promotional montage.

WOODBRIDGE WINE COMMERCIAL

Production Manager

Production-managed a spec commercial for Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, filmed on-location in Napa Valley. Oversaw shooting schedule, equipment, crew, and talent; assisted with pre-production; performed tagline voiceover.

THE GATHERING

Co-Founder

Co-founded an arts collective that held events geared toward collective self-expression through music, art, and language. Co-wrote mission statement; led multidisciplinary team; organized "Speak" and "Listen" events; raised funds; promoted events; managed personnel, budget, and logistics. Held five successful events in one year!

OTHER CREATIVE WORK

Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing, Photography, Video Production, Etc.

EDUCATION

English, Creative Writing, Philosophy

B.A. ENGLISH (FICTION WRITING), STANFORD UNIVERSITY

September 2005 - August 2009

Graduated with distinction (GPA in top 15% of class). GPA: 3.8. Member: Stanford Fleet Street Singers (singer/head of skits); The Stanford Daily (film reviewer/columnist); Ram's Head Theatrical Society (writer/performer, Big Game Gaieties); Stanford Cardinal Broadcasting Network (writer, The Dorm). 

M.A. HUMANITIES (FICTION WRITING), UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

September 2012 - June 2013

Studied fiction writing and philosophy. GPA: 3.7. Thesis: "The Tale of the Longnecks" (short story) + "Ishmael and Original Myth: A Study in Paradigm" (critical essay). Developed book of environmental fiction and philosophy; performed music for campus open mics. Completed post-graduation internship at the Illinois Humanities Council

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, PROJECT DRAWDOWN

April 2017 - July 2017 (Three-Month Contract)

Supported PR and editorial efforts for the launch of the best-selling environmental book, Drawdown. Created communications tracking system; arranged 25+ interviews; edited 85+ technical documents; wrote talking points and developed style guide; managed website; drafted op-ed, e-newsletter, and social media posts.

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE, YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS' THEATER

January 2014 - January 2017

"Official Storyteller" for arts education nonprofit. Managed website and social media accounts; wrote blog, e-newsletter, press releases, and feature articles; designed print and digital graphics; published 5 books and 3 annual reports; filmed and edited dozens of videos and thousands of photos. Visit yptdc.org for more.

PROJECT LEAD, LIVE DIBS

October 2010 - September 2011

Managed partnerships and marketing for a mobile e-commerce platform. Liaised with clients including Caesar's Palace and The Chicago Tribune; co-produced business plan, investor decks, sizzle reel, and MobileBeat presentation; ran live promotional event garnering 500+ listserv sign-ups. Winner of the People's Choice award in the Infrastructure category at MobileBeat 2011! 

COMMUNITY AND CONTENT MANAGER, SHOWBIZZLE

January 2010 - June 2011

Managed website and 3,000-member online community for digital Hollywood talent showcase. Updated Drupal-based website daily; ran online auditions; produced and marketed digital videos; liaised with media partners; wrote social media and blog copy.

ARTS AND CULTURE INTERN, KQED

June 2007 - August 2007

Summer intern at KQED, San Francisco’s public broadcasting station. Edited The Writers’ Block literary podcast for style and clarity.
 Updated website, wrote author bios and book synopses.
Wrote film and theater reviews for Arts & Culture blog.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Content, Communications, and Project Management

ABOUT ME

Born and raised near Berkeley, CA, I began writing at age 8, when my third-grade class performed my play, Home Alone 4: Lost in the Airport. Since then, I have written movie scripts, magazine articles, and much more; my first book, Four Dollars and a Dream, was published in 2016. My work has appeared in Newcity Magazine, Edutopia, BayArea.com, KQED.org, The Stanford Daily, and beyond.

An experienced graphic designer, photographer/videographer, and editor, I have produced several short films, crafted marketing materials for start-ups, written blog posts for arts nonprofits, and published six books. Check out my portfolio for more!

JEFF GILLILAND: WRITER, EDITOR, CONTENT PRODUCER

Welcome to my website. I am a published author and journalist with seven years of experience producing multimedia content for small businesses and nonprofits. An accomplished editor, photographer, and graphic designer, I have published six books, produced several short films, and executed integrated marketing campaigns earning over $30,000. Explore the site for examples of my experience and work!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

El Cerrito, CA

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