What do you need? Feature, web copy, profile, report, fundraising instrument, news release, marketing collateral, recruitment material, white paper, newsletter, presentation, speech…
What you get: Engaging copy, zero headaches.
Who I am: A versatile freelance writer for higher education with a couple of decades of communications experience, and a broad professional and liberal arts background. In my work for colleges and universities I’ve interviewed scientists, financiers, physicians, artists, writers, college presidents, inventors, athletes, major donors and others. Among the topics I’ve written on are art, epidemiology, sustainability, medical research, African development, archeoastrology, theater, conservation biology and cow herding.
Some recent clients: Antioch University Midwest, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, Hanover College, Harvey Mudd College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Lehigh University, Lycoming College, Marymount California University, Miami Book Fair International, Miami Dade College, New England College, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Minnesota-Morris, Upper Iowa University.
What they say:
“Chris is an excellent writer, and is a valued extension of my home team. He consistently receives rave reviews from my faculty and alumni who say that he is highly professional and personable, and that he really captures the essence of the subject. I trust Chris to discover the slant of a story when so often I only know ‘there’s a story in here somewhere,’ and advise me as to an appropriate length to adequately tell that story. He always delivers a first rate product and always meets or beats deadlines.”
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
University of South Carolina Aiken
“Chris has been writing for Lehigh University’s alumni magazine and its engineering research journal for the past three years. I am impressed by the intelligence and the imagination with which he writes on a variety of topics, from ancient Chinese astronomy to the startling behaviors of tiny particles in suspension. He routinely goes the extra mile to do his job as well as possible. I look forward to working many more years with Chris.”
Editor, Resolve magazine
Associate Editor, Lehigh Bulletin
“I give high marks for Chris Quirk’s copywriting. He did outstanding work on our university’s President’s Report. His ability to research and understand our culture, grasp our accomplishments and synthesize them into copy was so appreciated. His work is creatively fresh and at the same time appropriate to the institution. In addition, he provided frequent communication so that I knew where we were with the project all along the way.”
-Kelly Curtis Intagliata
Chief Officer, Public Relations and Marketing, Marymount California University
“Chris is a quick, agile writer with a flair for making articles pop. Just when it seems there is no new angle to a perennial favorite topic, he finds one and makes the story sing. Working with Chris is a breeze. He’s a master of the higher ed beat and knows exactly how to tweak a story to meet the needs of different publications and readers. Best of all, he’s fast, so there’s no worrying about deadline pressures.”
Editorial Director, Miami Dade College
“It is always a delight to work with Chris. He is professional, competent and easily understands the scope of work that is assigned. He always keeps me up to date on the projects that I assign to him, which is great for me.”
Marketing and Communication Team Lead, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College