Rick Skwiot, Freelance Writer:
Narratives That Work
Telling your organization’s story with verve and emotion can change or support key audiences’ beliefs about your products, services, operations, or ideas. Rick has been doing just that over more than thirty years for businesses, universities, nonprofits, government, media, and individuals.
He brings to any writing or editing task a keen intellect, creative spirit, and sensitivity to the issues and emotions involved. He’s comfortable with scientific, technical, political, legal, artistic, and nuanced subject matter—as well as with tight deadlines and budgets.
Deep Writing Experience
Rick has penned award-winning feature stories, annual reports, newsletters and releases, marketing materials, executive speeches, and more in industry, healthcare, education, politics, law, and the arts.
He’s also edited or ghostwritten books on public education, legal issues, marketing, and Latin American history for organizations and individuals.
He formerly taught business writing at the University of Missouri and Webster University.
- Content writer for external and internal corporate communications, including web copy, annual reports, white papers, newsletters, feature stories, mission statements, advertising copy, etc.
- Speechwriter for Fortune 500 officers and other executives on topics ranging from hazardous-waste siting to marketing strategy, from corporate restructuring to world hunger, for annual stockholder meetings, commencements, legislative meetings, national sales conferences, and other venues.
- Public relations counselor with corporate and agency experience: crisis communications, media relations, employee relations, business-to-business marketing, direct marketing, lobbying, and more.
- Past clients include Ford Motor Company, AT&T, Express Scripts, Edward Jones, Bayer (Monsanto), Anheuser-Busch, Purina Mills, and others in wide-ranging industries.
- Penned scores of feature stories and research updates for schools of medicine, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and others.
- Former editor and writer for school of medicine magazine.
- Authored consumer health articles on fitness, back pain treatment, diet, cancer treatment advances, and more for St. Louis Magazine.
- Covered education beat as staff writer for the Virginian-Pilot’s weekly magazine PortFolio, producing award-winning features on public schools, universities, and their people.
- Editor and consultant for two books published by the Independence, Missouri, School District centering on the annexation of schools from the Kansas City School District and implementation of the 21st Century Model education program.
- Extensive feature-story writing and internal document preparation for Washington University at St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Maryville University, and other institutions, on wide-ranging educational issues and activities.
- Author of the urban mystery Fail (Blank Slate Press, 2014), dramatizing educational malpractice in inner-city public schools.
Law and legal marketing
- Branding and website marketing-content writing for scores of corporate law firms nationwide.
- Editorial consultant and ghostwriter of nationally distributed books on legal marketing, immigrant employment law, and consumer credit reporting law.
- Author of numerous feature stories for law school publications.
- Former marketing director for The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, overseeing highly successful season-ticket subscription campaigns and the production of marketing materials and advertising.
- Author of numerous published book reviews and essays.
Rick has published four novels and two memoirs, including the Hemingway First Novel Award winner Death in Mexico, the Willa Cather Fiction Prize finalist Sleeping With Pancho Villa, and the critically acclaimed Christmas at Long Lake: A Childhood Memory.
He has taught fiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis and Old Dominion University. In 2004 he served as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, teaching graduate seminars in novel and short fiction writing. Additionally, he has served as book doctor, writing coach, and literary advisor for numerous published authors.
Read more on Rick’s Amazon.com author page.
Rick’s extensive portfolio of commercial writing, feature writing, and journalism likely contain samples that show how he approaches jobs similar to yours.
Three brief writing samples are linked here:
- An essay for Forest Park Forever on appreciating nature there.
- An apolitical interview with then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, before his recent national notoriety.
- An overview of recent cancer treatment breakthroughs for St. Louis Magazine.
- Additional samples provided, upon request.
Write Rick at RickSkwiot@gmail.com or call/text him at (314) 448-9339.