Allan Maurer

Allan Maurer

Previous Work

Freelance writer for magazines ranging from Modern Maturity to Playboy. Contract writer for OMNI from 1979-92, covering science news for Continuum; four books; long-running seafood cooking column; film criticism for a variety of publications; science and business reporting.

Currently:

Editor, TechJournal South (daily Web site, eWire, and monthly glossy magazine). Write a feature or breaking news article daily for the Web site, interviews, features and news for the site and magazine.

Worthologist, writing a blog and feature articles on movie memorabilia for collector's site, www.WorthPoint.com. This is a paid position.

Publisher, editor, writer: www.ncflix; www.bestfilmfests.com, www.Carolinasbest.com

Previous work history:

Press-Enterprise - Daily newspaper reporter, PA - 1969-'72Woodbridge Twp. - English teacher, NJ - 1972-'76, tenured. Resignation accepted "with regret."Monroe Enquirer Journal - Daily newspaper reporter and editorial writer, NC - 1976-'77King-Arthur Publications - Editor, 1976-'78Charlotte Magazine - Associate Editor, 1980-'82Carolina Business & Finance - Founding Editor; Charlotte Business Quarterly/Charlotte Magazine and Fortune Media - Senior Editor, 1982-'84Northeast PA Business Journal - Founding Editor, Bloomsburg, PA - 1985-'86Charlotte Magazine and NationsBank (now Bank of America) - Editorial consultant, Charlotte, NC - 1987-'88Charlotte Magazine, Riparian Media - Editor - 1990-'93. Also, for same company, Founding editor of Beaufort, SC magazine, and Charlotte UptownCharlotte's Best Magazine - Founding Editor - 1993-'98Creative Loafing, Charlotte's Best, Charlotte Magazine, and The Business Journal - Freelance writer and editor - 1999LocalBusiness.com and Digital South Magazine - Senior Correspondent - 1999-2001. Wrote daily news and feature stories about emerging companies, information technology and biotechnology in the Research Triangle and elsewhere in North Carolina; wrote monthly dispatches and occasional feature articles for digital south magazine. 2500 online articles published.

Adjunct professor, news writing, North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Current and recent positions

TechJournalSouth.com, Editor, cover venture funding, the entrepreneurial scene, technology business and university research for the monthly print edition, daily Web site and eWire.

North Carolina Magazine, Senior Editor, Web Editor, 2004-2007. Edited monthly business magazine published by the NC State Chamber of Commerce. Wrote up to 30 percent of each issue, did cover and interior photography, dealt with freelancers, budget, and art.

Localtechwire.com - Founder and Senior writer, 2002-2004. Won the North Carolina Technology Association Media award in its 2nd year of existence. Sold to WRAL (Capital Broadcasting, Raleigh).Metro Magazine - feature article writer.

Charlotte's Best Magazine, founding editor, feature writer, film critic.Triangle Tech Journal - columnist and reporter. Precursor to TechJournal South.University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communciation - news writing lecturer.CarolinasBest.com - Co-founder, editor and publisher. Web site gets 100,000  hits or more a month.

Bestfilmfests.com

Covers film festivals, primarily in the Southeast with excursions elsewhere, and other film-related articles and resources.Freelance for various clients.

Publications resume

ColumnsCo-wrote a seafood cooking column from 1985-92 in the national magapaper, Underwater USA.Wrote Media column for a variety of Charlotte publications, starting with Charlotte Magazine in the 1980s which resulted in months of daily talk radio debate.

Wrote ongoing columns for Charlotte Uptown, Charlotte Entertainment, and Charlotte's Best Magazines on film, entertainment, arts, and business from 1984-1997.

Created OMNI Magazine's first "Antimatter," column on contract; created Penthouse Magazine column, "Hard News," on contract. Wrote for OMNI's Continuum column from 1980-92.

Movie and Video review columns for Charlotte Entertainment Magazine, Charlotte's Best Magazine, and other regional publications since 1972. Also wrote about film for The New York Village Voice, OMNI Magazine, Underwater USA, National Trucker, Triangle Tech Journal, Starlog Magazine, and other publications. Science and Technology WritingI have extensive experience covering business, science and technology for publications that include: OMNI, Longevity, Science Digest, Next, Future, Impact, books, a planetarium, general interest publications such as Modern Maturity, and for the several online technology news services such as National Journal's Tech Daily, Localtechwire.com, and LocalBusiness.com (dbusiness.com). The later, from 1999 to 2001 gave me extensive online writing and research skills.Adjunct lecturer on News WritingFor the University of North Carolina Journalism School at Chapel Hill, and UNCC English department in Charlotte, a "free university" called "Super U," in Charlotte, and privately, with considerable success helping students sell major media, including Redbook, OMNI, and the NYTimes Book Review.

ScriptsOne-act play, "Professor Tar" produced by the Charlotte Grand Guignol Theater in 1987SF tale, "Battleground" produced by GA Public TV; Charlotte (promotional script for Hayley, Garland and Lahr, a Charlotte advertising agency).WordSmithingA wide range of copy writing for Riparian (a Charlotte advertising agency, 1990-93), and various media companies and corporate clients, including copy for brochures, speeches, newspaper and magazine advertisements, direct mail letters, slogans, and captions.ActingActed professionally in repertory theater in commercials, and nonfiction voice-overs from 1980-85, Charlotte, NC. Ocassionally thereafter, including brief stints at standup comedy.

Books

Lasers, Lightwave of the Future, Arco, 1982. Paid back advance first year, paid royalties eight years.OMNI's Continuum, Little Brown, 1982, Senior Writer. Reprints of many Omni Continuum stories.OMNI's Catalog of the Bizarre, OMNI Books, 1984. Reprints of all my Antimatter items.The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference, Writer's Digest Books, 1998. Co-wrote chapters on magic and witchcraft, which I don't practice, but I'm a wizard at research.The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference, Writer's Digest Books, 1998, hardcover, 2001, pb, from my book proposal. Co-wrote two long chapters with Renee Wright. Book sold extremely well in both hardcover and paperback.

Summary

Seasoned writer, editor, and  reporter with 30 years experience covering multiple beats for magazines, newspapers, radio/TV, in books, and online. Extensive teaching experience, including adjunct lecturer at University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Published in national, regional and local publications from Modern Maturity to Playboy.

Sold literally thousands of articles and stories to national, regional, and local media since 1978. Authored one nonfiction book and have work in three others.  Helped start five publications as founding editor. Served as editor of five different city magazines (four in Charlotte and one in Beaufort, SC). Can teach what I know. Take professional quality 35mm photographs and I can use graphics and professional publishing software.My extensive work for periodicals ranges from a decade long retainer contract with OMNI (1980-92) to produce monthly Continuum items and other stories long and short, to repeated features in top circulation magazines from Modern Maturity ("Torch of 1,000 Suns," 1987, "It Came From Space," 1988) to Playboy.Wrote extensively about business, media, art, music, festivals, dance, and food for a succession of Charlotte publications, beginning in the early 1980s and fulltime during most of the 1990s. Wrote a monthly arts/events previews and reviews column for Charlotte's Best Magazine from 1993-8 ("About Town"), along with interviews of major city figures in government, banking, retail and entertainment, as Editor at Large.

Education

Education

Masters Writing Seminar - one of the most successful of the midwest writing workshop programs - taught by: Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Harlan Ellison, Thomas Disch, and Robin Scott Wilson.

1974

Various

Graduate work in film criticism, art history, publication design, playwriting, fiction writing, and more.

1968 - 1972

BS

Dean's list, Day Men's Academic Scholarship, student government representative, publications editorial board, editor, student handbook, calendar, literary magazine, newpaper feature page, Public Speaking Award, Service Key - the University's highest award.