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Stephen R. Clark, CleverSmith™ Writing

#Writer #Christian #Introvert

Oreland, PA

Writing • Editing
Editorial Project Management

Serving businesses, non-profits, higher ed, faith-based organizations, and individuals









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"An award-winning writer,
                    & communications pro."

I believe it's important to know something about the people you work with. So let me tell you a little about me.

It isn't unusual for people to comment on how broad and diverse my background is. These comments are always made in the context of how valuable it is to possess such a far-ranging experience.

My varied experience allows me to quickly grasp new situations, make connections others miss, and provide unique insights.

In other words, I'm well-rounded, well-seasoned, and well-equipped to serve businesses, non-profits, higher education, faith-based organizations, and individuals with their writing, editing, editorial project management, and communications needs.

I am able to translate technical information into readable content accessible by the not-so-technical. I've worked successfully in telecommunications, finance, higher ed, aerospace, manufacturing, security, religious, media, news, advertising, sales, marketing, publishing, non-profit, and other contexts.

And it doesn't hurt than I'm very organized and able to wrestle chaos into clarity.

I grew up in New Castle, Indiana, home of the world's largest high school fieldhouse. As someone once called me, I'm a "Hoosier hayseed." I'm fine with that. I've got a fair amount of redneck, among other things, in my DNA.

As a kid, faith was central to our lives. Still is. Our little church, First Assembly of God at 18th and E, was founded by my maternal grandfather. Many of the members were aunts, uncles, and cousins.

I attended and graduated from Walter P. Chrysler Memorial High School which now is known as New Castle Chrysler High School. The Chrysler plant that once was the heart of the town is no more so there've been mixed emotions about retaining references in the name of the school.

My next stop was Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where I earned a B.A. in English and Biblical Studies, with a minor in Psychology. Like many students, I shifted my major more than a few times, but settled on English because, via the wizardry of great literature, it encompassed all the things I was interested in, from art to history to sociology to politics to business, and more.

Since then, over the past 40 or so years I have developed nearly every kind of written communication for print, broadcast, and online. I've done marketing communications, social media, PR, community relations, corporate and employee communications, and developed many other kinds of communications projects.

For the titles pictured above I provided writing, editing, or editorial project management services.

I served as the Editor of Christian Bookseller Magazine in Carol Stream, Illinois (now Christian Retailing) and as the Managing Editor of Bridge Publishing, Inc. in South Plainfield, New Jersey (now Bridge-Logos Books) .

For nearly eight years I held positions in employee communications, proposal development, technical writing, quality & process management, and more in various units of AT&T in New Jersey.

I returned to Indiana working for Rolls-Royce Aerospace (formerly Allison Engine) in Indianapolis, Indiana doing proposal development, and later served as the Corporate Communications/PR Manager with Best Access Systems (formerly Best Lock and now owned by Stanley Works).

I was a Project Editor, Consumer Dummies (www.dummies.com) with Wiley Publishing, Inc. (www.wiley.com) in Fishers, Indiana.

I moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 2008 to take on a role in higher education as the Executive Director of Communications for Chancellor University.

Member: Evangelical Press Association MemberI'm currently a member of the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). I have also been active in the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), Society for Technical Communication (STC), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

In the midst of my "professional career," in-between "real" jobs, I did a variety of other kinds of work. These include call center tier 2 technical support for Verizon DSL, factory work as a spot welder, office administration, home construction, greenhouse labor, janitorial, lumber yard labor, direct home sales, directory keylining, graphic layout, and menswear sales.  And, of course, I had a newspaper route as a kid, as well as a lemonade stand in the summer.

I also taught a continuing education course for IUPUI in business writing.

I am joyfully married to BethAnn (Laub) Clark. We reside in Oreland, Pennsylvania and are members of Huntingdon Valley Presbyterian Church (EPC).

I also walked on fire. Once.

And I am most definitely an introvert.

Here are other places you can visit with more information about me:

As an award-winning writer and communications professional, I have authored business articles, features, online content, ad copy, scripts, speeches, proposals, direct mail, and more. I've also ghostwritten several Christian books and contributed chapters to compilations, devotionals, and other books, including technical manuals.

Awards include: Evangelical Press Association (EPA) Award of Excellence for Single Author Blog, 2012 and 2014.  WestBow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), New Look Writing Contest, Grand Prize winner 2015.


Listed below are former and current clients:

American Bible Society • Accurate Tax Management • Aearo Company • Adams Media • Alpha Books Penguin Putnam • Ambassador Consulting • The Anchor Group • AT&T WorldNet • Rev. Don Aycock • Best Access Systems • Bluffton University • Rev. Bob Hoskins • Bookstore Journal • Bridge Publishing, Inc. • Business & Professional Exchange • Chancellor University • Christian Camp & Conference Association / InSite Magazine • Christian Herald • City on a Hill (Milwaukee) • Cleveland Metropolitan School District • COMMUNICO • Customized Learning, Inc. • Evangelical Press Association • Farm Bureau • Findlay Area Arts Council • First Christmas Present • Fishers Freedom Festival • Gary Mitrik Ministries • Geist Christian Church • Good Samaritan Home • Grand Canyon University • Hancock County Children's Services Board • Harper & Row Publishers • Here's Life Publishers • Home Therapy System, Inc. • InChrist Communications Inc. • In Touch Ministries • Indiana Society of Enrolled Agents (ISEA) • InterAmerican College (now United States University) • Jack Welch Management Institute • James Peter Associates • Rev. John Anderson • Kuss Corporation (now DLM Plastics Corporation) • LAN Management Consulting, Inc. • Macmillan Computer Publishing • Main Street Power Mail • Moody Press • Name-It Creative Naming Group • Newport Creative Communications • OurFinest.org • Outcomes Magazine • Outreach Magazine • Pete Philhower • Prentice-Hall Publishers • Sales UP! • Shank Public Relations • Sallie Mae • SignificantFederation • SignificantVentures • Stephen Zyzanski, M.D. • Terry Law Ministries • Time Life • Transformational Leadership Forum / Dr. Robert Fomer • Turning Point Associates • Tyndale House • Union Gospel Press • WTLW-TV 44 • YMCA of Greater Indianapolis • Zondervan

"Stephen R. Clark is an award-winning writer who possesses experience spanning multiple disciplines, markets, and industries, combined with skill and talent to help you achieve your writing, editing, editorial project management, or communications goals."

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>> One who makes or works at something specific. Often used in combination: A wordsmith (a fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally; an expert with words.)

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What others say about Stephen:

"[He was] always keeping an eye on where we were in the overall process we were working on. He has a
keen sense of sequence.”

Technology is easy. Creative advertising is not. I’m grateful for Stephen’s assistance with my business brochure."

"I’ve figured out why I enjoy working with Stephen. First, he makes the effort to fully understand a project before he starts. Second, he delivers a project that doesn’t just meet expectations, it exceeds them. It’s a pleasure to work with a pro!"

"He is a creative, versatile, and prolific editor whose talents include original writing and strong computer and design skills. Stephen has worked hard at staying on the cutting edge in technological innovation and has an amazing ability to consult, write, edit, and design In a range of media and a wide array of markets. I continue to count on Stephen to execute top-quality creative projects, sometimes under tight deadlines. Place Stephen at the top of your list when you need to depend on consistent professionalism and communications services."




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Stephen R. Clark, CleverSmith™ Writing | Oreland, PA

#Writer #Christian #Introvert