Writing Portfolio Samples
Portfolio Center of Columbia College / Writer’s Portfolios: here you can view samples of the creative writing portfolios of seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni of Columbia College Chicago.
Travelogue of an Academic: a portfolio in blog format; while this is not a writing portfolio, it is an excellent example of how one might utilize a blog format to create a portfolio that would be quite useful for writers.
Cranky Editor: The web portfolio of Tamar Love, freelance writer and editor. This site features copy, creative, marketing & PR, ghost, and feature writing, as well as editing. This is a great example of how a writer can organize a number of diverse writing talents/work within one portfolio.
Fiona Bayrock: Children’s author. Note the style of the website, which clearly speaks to Bayrock’s audience (potential clients).
JRWrites.com: creative non-fiction writer who specializes in essays and features.
Amy Lillard: a freelance writer’s website, featuring her services as a business and medical writer. Nice layout.
Joey Robert Parks / Wordsmith: this site is well organized, simple in design, and a great example of a writing portfolio. The image on the homepage is interesting and fun, but doesn’t distract from the content. Joey also frequently updates his site, so the material is fresh and relevant. Also, check out his “Round Table” — a neat idea for those who are interested in establishing writer’s groups.
Fuzz Head Creative: This is a perfect example of how the presentation of your site can determine your potential clientele, so make sure you think through your writer’s portfolio carefully.
Mridu Khullar: an international freelance writer with 200+ articles in print and online. This is a very nicely organized web portfolio of work and incorporates a blog, as well. Be sure to check out her main menu, as well, especially the “For Writers” link.
Persis Karim: A cool writer’s portfolio to go along with a very cool name. Also very well organized, this site has a very nice balance of images to text. The site is aesthetically unadorned, yet visually interesting and professional.
Al Young’s Net: this portfolio is quite easy to navigate, which is always good, and well organized. Aesthetically, it feels a little “too” template-ish, but overall, it works nicely as a web portfolio.
The Lisa Co.: This particular writer quite nicely highlights a variety of writing talents and experience. One thing that I like about the site is that while it contains a lot of information (which in some cases could be overwhelming), the author organizes her materials on the website very effectively. Also, images help the potential client very quickly recognize and access whatever information s/he is primarily interested in.
Roya Hakakian: What’s nice about this web portfolio is that the author has included video and audio examples of her work, as well as taped interviews, etc. This is a very sophisticated and professional portfolio. While new authors may not have nearly as much to include, anyone can utilize the video and audio formatting (even if it just includes some readings).
Esther Kamkar: this is also a nice, professional site, which is equally well organized as most above. Only problem for me is that the type is too small on the home page (within the body of link choices), but that just could be me . . . (and my failing eyes! ;-))
Jeanette Winterson: I’ve saved for last what I think is the absolute best example of a writing portfolio (at least that I’ve been able to find). This site has it all: a monthly column, video, audio, visual (and flash, too!), podcasts, and interactive opportunities for the person going to this site (like the discussion board, which allows people to not only post comments, but their own samples of writing). Those who come here have a difficult time leaving without feeling like they’ve really gotten to know this author.