Karen Wirsing

Karen Wirsing

Work History

Work History
Mar 2003 - Present

Writer

Karen Wirsing
Dec 2011 - Present

Senior Editor/Writer

RockStar Learning

RockStar Learning, a partner of Google, is a startup company focused on creating educational tutorials for tablets. As the Senior Editor, my primary duty is managing content development. I am responsible for ensuring that all written materials are grammatically correct, as well as interesting, fun and historically accurate. RockStar takes subjects from the California state required curriculum for middle school, and uses conversational language to teach. We produce filmed discussion panels with experts who engage in debates about the given topics. Along with this feature, the apps will include colorful illustrations to run alongside the lectures to keep kids visually stimulated and actively engaged. I am responsible for deciding on illustrations that will be used for the product, and for crafting questions for the panelists that will ensure the conversation remains entertaining and educational.

Jun 2009 - Jun 2011

Senior Writer/ Editorial Assistant

Common Sense Media

My responsibilities at Common Sense Media include, but are not limited to: producing and editing web content in a timely manner, researching media usage and supply demands, managing databases and reviewing young adult novels, movies, websites and applications. Parenting Editor for the organization, Caroline Knorr, has asserted that I encompass an “incredible work ethic, positive attitude and wit.” 

Nov 2007 - Nov 2008

Senior Editor

IMAC

As the Senior Editor of IMAC, I created and edited copy that reached out to diverse audiences. IMAC draws people from all over the world and for very different reasons. My duty was to depict the center as an establishment that truly offers something for everyone. My responsibilities included creating brochures, weekly newsletters and articles. I was also accountable for assigning and editing projects. 

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Present

MA

San Francisco State University

Objective

My goal as a writer is to connect with my audience through compelling and effective storytelling. Whether I am providing content in the form of an advertisement, a blog or an interview, I want people to feel as though they are in complete solitude with whatever medium they are viewing. My expertise lies in tailoring material so that viewers leave feeling intrigued and informed, along with a strong desire for more.

Skills

Skills

Content Management

Media Critic

Online Writing

Copy Editing

content development

Certifications

Certifications

BA in English Literature

San Francisco State University

MA in English Literature

San Francisco State University