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Hilary Iker, writer

I hold a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California, and a BA from the University of Virginia.  My publishing credits include SELF, Fit, Glamour, and Fit Yoga.  As a professional writer, I have worked at top names such as Vogue, Los Angeles Times and Disney Channel.  I studied fiction writing with many renowned authors, and currently teach writing at FIDM.  I am privileged to have shared my knowledge with, as well as learned from, students for over ten years, and I have been nominated multiple times for the Outstanding Faculty Award.

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HILARY JEAN IKER

EXPERIENCED WRITER WITH A FOUNDATION IN
Digital media | Wide-ranging content | College-level writing instruction

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)

(Los Angeles, CA) | Writing Instructor | 2010—Present

  • Instruct writing to over 100 students per semester across multiple classes at a well-known fashion school.
  • Teach four undergraduate writing and marketing courses: English Composition, Critical Thinking, Writing Skills and Beauty Brand Imaging; also taught a new course entitled Issues in Contemporary Society, part of the four-year business program.
  • Create course curricula and syllabi, adhering to strict academic standards.
  • Integrate digital technology into the classroom, such as a project to publish student writing on college WordPress.com (highlighted in FIDM’s Faculty Buzz).
  • Nominated multiples times for the school’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Freelance Writer and Producer

| 1998—Present

  • Write features and articles for consumer magazines and websites, specializing in health and fitness content.
  • Published articles of up to 3,000 words in outlets such as Fit Yoga, Self, FIT, Prevention, Glamour, Disney Channel and yellowpages.com, among others.
  • Wrote and produced content for the Disney Channel news ticker; researched pop culture trends; created a weekly online production calendar; drove substantial traffic to Disney.com.
  • Edited, produced, published, and marketed (via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) a children’s book,
    Little Fergen’s Fish Feelings.
  • Crafted press releases, pitch letters and marketing collateral for Yoga Force and for musician Jeanne Newhall.
  • Wrote Running Water, a 60,000-word work of literary fiction.

Art Institute of California

(Los Angeles, CA) | Writing Instructor | 2004—2008

  • Taught up to four undergraduate writing classes per semester at an institution with 2,000 students.
  • Created course concepts for classes such College English, Journalism, Literature and Transitional English.
  • Developed course syllabi and teaching materials.
  • Consistently rated by students as one of the best instructors in the school.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

  • Coordinated press openings and weekly events for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
  • Compiled research graphics and performed story research for the Metro section of The Los Angeles Times.
  • Edited the Reader Letters page, proofread galleys and covered health events at Vogue, reporting to the Managing Editor.

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

(Los Angeles, CA) | Master of Professional Writing (MPW)

University of Virginia

(Charlottesville, VA) | BA in English 

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