Amanda Boldenow • Writer & Editor • Denver, CO • Contact
I'm Amanda, and I am a professional writer and editor living in Denver, CO. My parents were US military, so I grew up traveling the world, living in the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, and across the United States. I love experiencing everything the world has to offer, and incorporate those experiences into my writing. My career began in education, teaching high school English. I moved into non-profit program planning as a Boys & Girls Club Director, which led to non-profit development. I've raised over $3 million in grant funds for organizations with >$2 million budgets in less than five years. Through this trajectory, I've also learned and worked as a marketer, social media manager, copy editor, and web developer. I know basic HTML and am proficient with CMS systems. I built and maintain LearningWithTLC.org in addition to my own site using Squarespace templates and custom CSS. A keen interest in and eye for design has lent itself to both my professional work and my hobbies, which include fiction writing, book and food blogging, cooking, and cultural studies. I am a history nerd and animal lover, and can tell you all about the cultural significance of the sea in Basque territory, Spain, just as quickly and excitedly as I can discuss liquid to solid cooking ratios, the re-discovery of the thought-extinct land lobster on Lord Howe Island, and the symbolism in the latest work of Kazuo Ishiguro.
TLC Learning Center
November 2012 - Present
Title: Development Manager
o Compose marketing and fundraising materials (grants, reports, program budgets, blog posts, e-newsletters, press releases, brochures, and advertising copy for digital and print mediums). Raised over $200,000.00 in public and corporate grant funding each year for four years, in addition to contributing to revenue raised from special events (Christmas Tree Festival, 5k Fun Run, Kentucky Derby Party & Auction), and pledge drives, contributing to TLC’s $1.4 million annual budget.
o Research new funding opportunities as well as publications and studies relevant to early childhood education, pediatric health, and developmental disabilities.
o Maintain an organized grants calendar that tracks upcoming deadlines, pending awards, committed gifts, and grant requirements. Communicate grant needs and outcomes with TLC staff and Board of Directors. Ensure all contractual obligations for sources of funding are met.
o Manage donor development and major fundraising events.
o Update and monitor all social media platforms for TLC, including TLC web presence, www.LearningWithTLC.org, (built utilizing Squarespace and custom HTML code), TLC blog, Facebook, Twitter, and e-newsletters created with Mail Chimp and sent to 1,500 subscribers monthly.
o Moved TLC’s page from the third search result on Google to the first page for relevant keyword searches, directly resulting in increased student enrollment and a wait list for classrooms for the first time in five years. Monthly unique page views tripled, increasing from 400 in April 2015 to 1,182 in April 2016.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin
July 2009 - November 2012
Title: Resource Development Manager
o Researched, tracked, and composed all fundraising materials: grants, letters of inquiry, proposal documents, reports, and marketing materials. Raised over $1.5 million dollars in funding over the course of two years, contributing to a $5 million annual budget.
o Researched new funding opportunities as well as publications and studies relevant to youth development.
o Supervised contract Grant Writer. Communicated grant needs and outcomes with BGCAA staff and Board of Directors.
o Assisted in planning and executing major events (Black & White Gala, golf tournament, Spring Luncheon), and marketing campaigns.
Title: Club Director
o Director and grants administrator for East Austin’s Reagan High School Boys & Girls Club (200 members) and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Girls Club (80 members).
o Managed a staff of six BGCAA Youth Development Professionals plus fifteen external vendors.
o Oversaw program budgets based on grant funding from the Texas Education Agency (TEA); created scheduling that reconciled TEA grant requirements and Boys & Girls Clubs of America core programming.
o Developed unique enrichment curriculum tailored to the student population.
o Worked with high-risk youth in career, academic, and life skills development.
Cabot High School
July 2007 - July 2009
Title: English Teacher
o Instructed 10th and 12th grade English, covering literary theory and criticism, creative writing, composition, vocabulary, presentation technique, research projects, and term papers.
o Collaborated with The Arkansas Arts Council to bring sponsored poets into the classroom for workshop and instruction.
o Wrote unique curriculum in alignment with Arkansas state core standards that utilized the required texts, while creating an interactive approach to learning that incorporated each learning type. For example, students read Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants, and drew elephants divided in half to discuss overt and subtext in dialogue. Students designed and acted out tableaux from novels to recreate and understand scene structure while engaging kinetic learning styles. While reading Lord of the Flies, students participated in a “Survivor” style unit, where they were divided into “teams” that competed in challenges related to each chapter of the novel. Classic texts were connected to modern art including literature, film, and music to provide relevancy for students. For example, seniors read James Joyce’s Dubliners and watched the film Once to compose a compare and contrast essay.
Fiction Unbound Denver, CO October 2014 - Present
Fiction Unbound is a speculative fiction website helmed by writers from Denver, CO. Fiction Unbound’s mission is to celebrate great writing in the realms of speculative fiction through think pieces, news, listicles, reviews, and group discussion. I contribute pieces, copy-edit, and co-manage the website. Pieces I've contributed include a discussion of identity and origins as character and societal influence in The Queen of the Tearling, a review of Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle as an overhaul of traditional fairy tale tropes, a discussion of survivalism in Andy Weir's The Martian, and a regional look at speculative fiction in Iceland through Burial Rites and The Falcons of Fire and Ice.
Regent Property Group & Freelance Assignments Austin, TX July 2006 - October 2013
Ghost writer for the luxury real estate agency Regent Property Group blog. Created SEO driven web content for blogs, press releases, and marketing materials, as well as researched and synthesized market statistics for publication. While writing for Regent, I also developed and wrote English literature, creative writing, and poetry curriculum for the Austin Independent School District; published features in NCTE’s English Journal; wrote concert, album, book, and film reviews as well as artist interviews for Venus Zine, ghost wrote pieces for Absolute Love Publishing’s Women Will Change The World book, and worked as a contract grant writer for Whole Kids Adventure 501(c)3 of Austin, TX.
In February, 2015 I completed my first novel, In Waves. The book is a 130,000 word historical fiction and fantasy epic, and is the first book of a planned trilogy. This book was written under the mentorship of novelists Erika Krouse and William Haywood Henderson through the Lighthouse Writers Workshop two year Book Project program. I have received representation interest from two literary agents, and will submit the manuscript for final consideration in June, 2015. While editing the manuscript, I've begun work on a stand-alone fantasy novel, The Acute Melancholy of Citrus Groves.
Lighthouse Writers Workshops
The Book Project
University of Central Arkansas
Post-graduate: English Literature
University of Arkansas, 2007
Masters: Teaching, English
Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Honors College, full scholarship
University of Arkansas, 2006
Bachelors: English, Rhetoric & Literature
The George Washington University, D.C.
International Affairs, English
Naval ROTC, full scholarship