Freelance Writer at Conde Nast Traveller
Currently working on my first feature…
Freelance Writer and Editor at LOST iN
Author of the LOST iN Istanbul city guide, including choosing and writing city recommendations, selecting and interviewing locals, accompanying photographer on shoots, selecting and contacting local talent to be featured in guide, and proofreading final texts.
Freelance Writer at The Shopkeepers
Selecting and interviewing independent shopkeepers from Berlin and Istanbul.
Author at Luster Books
Researching and writing the 500 Hidden Secrets of Istanbul guidebook and doing updates for new editions.
Freelance Writer at Gestalten
August 2017-January 2018
Researched and wrote book project texts for: Hideouts (about unique architectural abodes around the world) and Farmlife (about farm-to-table culture and its worldwide proponents).
Freelance Writer at The Culture Trip
June 2016-May 2018
Responsible for all online content about Turkey, including the research and writing of around 30 monthly articles on sightseeing, travel, gastronomy, art, music, nightlife, events, shopping and culture.
Freelance Writer at Brownbook
November 2015-January 2018
Profiling of notable personalities from around Turkey including Recep Cesur, the former tailor to Saddam Hussein; Turkish psychedelic band BaBaZuLa; protest singer and songwriter Selda Bağcan; and Altuğ Çinici, architect of the Middle East Technical University campus, Turkey’s most renowned Bauhaus and Brutalism inspired structure.
Freelance Writer at A Book From Lind
April 2016-June 2016
Selected, researched, wrote and shot photos of 40 Istanbul venues in three neighborhoods for the foldout city guide Small Wonder of Istanbul.
Writer at World of Falconry
October 2015-January 2016
Scriptwriter for World of Falconry, a documentary series exploring the tradition of falconry around the world. Responsibilities included: preliminary research of countries and their falconry traditions; joining production team on shoots and presenting host with gathered information and necessary lines; writing the documentary script and voiceovers.
Content Editor at Soho House Istanbul
January 2015-July 2015
Responsible for: all Turkish and English content for Soho House’s members-only website House Seven’s Istanbul section, including researching, writing, commissioning, and translating features; preparation of monthly event descriptions in Turkish and English; preparation of weekly newsletter in Turkish and English; and translation of media coverage from Turkish to English. Also acted as producer for Istanbul Made, (a printed Istanbul guide for Soho House members) which included contacting interview subjects, setting up photo shoots, ordering products for photo shoots, and guiding the London team around the city.
Freelance Editor and Translator at Bone Magazine
June 2014-December 2014
Research and writing of short online articles regarding books, art, and culture as well as translation (Turkish to English) of Bone Magazine’s city guide apps.
Senior Editor and Writer at The Guide Istanbul
March 2012-May 2014
Responsible for: managing the editorial team; researching and writing magazine features and front of book content; editing magazine listings; editing magazine features and other content and implementing edits on InDesign; writing magazine advertorials; researching and writing articles for website (mainly restaurant reviews); attending press events; updating social media on a daily basis (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare); Google SEO training and implementation; translating necessary Turkish materials into English; keeping up to date with the city’s openings and news through media as well as independent city exploration; translating the annual The Guide Bodrum issue from Turkish to English.
New York University- Steinhardt (New York, NY, USA)
Master of Arts in TESOL, 2010-2011
Syracuse University- Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY, USA)
Master of Arts in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, 2008-2009
Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL, USA)
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Minor in Philosophy, 2004-2008