Hello! My name is Siel (pronounced like the initials C.L.), and I’m a freelance writer. From books to blog posts, op-eds to online marketing campaigns, I’m available for projects big and small.
My qualifications in brief:
My work for The Los Angeles Times, public radio station KPCC, and environmental network MNN.com has been syndicated to Forbes and other major publications. I’ve served as a ghostwriter for a Hollywood nonprofit, a featured blogger for Brita, an editor for Blogher, and book reviewer for Los Angeles Review of Books. I’ve taught writing at a number of colleges and universities including University of Southern California, where I earned my PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. My first book, a novel-in-stories titled Cake Time, was published by Red Hen Press earlier this year.
At the moment, I’m available for remote, freelance and/or short-term contract projects (both full or part-time), though I’m happy to entertain in-office work for the right opportunity.
My qualifications in more detail:
Copywriter & Ghostwriter
My three biggest strengths as a writer: researching complex topics (from working on that PhD dissertation), putting things in simple, layperson’s terms (from my journalism background; see below), and crafting creative prose (did I mention I wrote a novel-in-stories?). Basically, I like learning the hell out of a topic then breaking it down into easy-to-understand sentences that people actually enjoy reading.
My niche specializations are healthy lifestyle, environment, the arts, and literary culture—but I’ve written about everything from beauty and fashion to online piracy too. I’m enthusiastic about learning new things. Much of the work I do is ghostwriting—which more often than not, has other people or organizations’ names attached to them—so I can’t include those clips here, though I’m happy to send some upon request. I especially enjoy writing op-eds and think pieces.
I also write and ghostwrite longer-form creative nonfiction. Memoirs and other book-length projects eventually need to go through my literary agent, but do contact me with any initial ideas or questions you may have to get started.
Journalist & Editor
Once upon a time, I wrote a blog called green LA girl, an environmental lifestyle blog that got me featured and quoted as an environmental expert in NPR’s Weekend Edition, GOOD magazine, KNBC’s yourLA, and other media outlets. However, I let the green LA girl domain expire back in 2011, when I decided to teach full-time.
Now, I’m back to writing full-time. I pen essays, articles and blog posts. I also have a new blog: sielju.com, covering literary culture in Los Angeles.
And in between, I’ve blogged, edited blogs, and built online communities for a number of organizations—so I’m great with tight deadlines, familiar with most popular content management systems, and adept at analyzing web traffic, SEO, and social media opportunities. Some past longer-term projects:
- Wrote and managed MNN.com’s Lifestyle channel from 2008-2011. Many posts were syndicated to Forbes.com and other media outlets.
- Wrote daily blog posts for KPCC’s environmental blog Pacific Swell from 2010-2011.
- Served as Channel Editor to Blogher.com’s Green section (now part of SheKnows media), recruiting contributors, editing freelancers’ copy, and writing blog posts from 2008-2011.
- Launched an environmental blog called Emerald City for The Los Angeles Times, writing daily posts while recruiting and managing guest bloggers from 2007-2008.
- Helped launch a Los Angeles blog for Worldchanging.org, recruiting, managing, and assigning topics to both regular and guest bloggers from 2006-2007.
Author, speaker, & educator
My novel-in-stories, Cake Time, won the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award and was published April 2017. It got nice blurbs and nice reviews, which you can read here. You can also buy and read the book! I’m also the author of two poetry chapbooks. My creative writing has received awards and residencies from the Academy of American Poets, Vermont Studio Center, and Anderson Center at Tower View.
I’ve taught writing classes at University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, Otis College of Art and Design, and Santa Monica College—but left full-time teaching so I could spend more time writing. Now, I speak and give presentations (past appearances: Commonwealth Club, Bindercon, Blogher conference, Associated Writing Programs Conference, and many colleges and universities), teach writing workshops (upcoming appearances: UCLA Extension, San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival), and give literary readings. Here’s my calendar of events.
Siel was a valued editorial contributor at both LIME.com and Whole Life Times magazine because she always delivered engaging, playful, technically precise copy, always under deadline (usually earlier!). She is the rare combo of being a passionate, knowledgeable writer AND being 100% reliable. I wholeheartedly recommend Siel Ju for any writing project.
— Jessica Ridenour, past editor at LIME.com and Whole Life Times magazine
Siel was not only a pleasure to work with, she was also hard-working, open to suggestions and not afraid to take chances and speak/write her mind. Her ability to balance studies and stay on top of her blogging duties always impressed me, and her bright, sharp manner should be more than enough to impress anyone.
— Marina Levario, Features Copy Editor at Los Angeles Times
Don’t be afraid to get in touch—I like both big and small projects and consider all inquiries. I’m curious to hear what you’re working on and how I can help.