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Ashlen Renner

Writer, Multimedia Storyteller

I am an award-winning multimedia storyteller with five years of writing and communications experience with an expertise in crafting compelling narratives and content creation. Well-versed in communication support across diverse projects, I offer a unique blend of leadership in collaborative teams and self-sufficiency. I am passionate about making complex subjects accessible to a wide audience through simple and accurate writing.

Skills & Abilities

Proficient in various aspects of media creation and communication, including writing, journalism, research, and video producing and editing. Adobe Creative Suite certified.


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
George Mason University

May 2024 

BA in Media and JournalismUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

May 2017  



Graduate Teaching Assistant, English Literature
George Mason University 

●    Developed and implemented a comprehensive curriculum for teaching forms of nonfiction storytelling, engaging students in with global narratives and perspectives.
●    Led a team of creatives to produce a promotional video for the GMU Writing Center to be used across social media and in campus-wide information sessions, gaining over 1.5k views in 1 year. 


Summer 2022

Alan Cheuse Center Travel Research Fellow
George Mason University 

●    Awarded one of three fellowships focusing on research abroad.
●    Conducted an independent study in Germany focusing on the life and writings of 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen as part of a creative writing thesis and book project. 
●    Interviewed researchers from both the U.S. and Germany to create a comprehensive narrative of 12th-century female mystics. 



Video Producer, University Communications
Elon University

●    Produced and edited videos and motion graphics, marketing toward potential students and university donors.
●    Optimized video projects for various platforms, such as Facebook Live Q&A sessions with Elon Admissions, increasing undergraduate applications by 15% in 2021.
●    Served as a liaison between the social media and design teams to create streamlined production timelines.



Reporter, Regional Video Producer
McClatchy Carolinas, The State Newspaper

●    Produced award-winning reporting and videos for McClatchy Carolina's seven newspapers across North and South Carolina. 
●    Developed informational videos aimed to allow audiences to quickly absorb breaking news events, explain complex local issues, and help visualize datasets. 
●    Produced multiple award-winning short documentary films focusing on underrepresented communities in South Carolina, such as women escaping human trafficking.



Currently, I am the Nonfiction Editor of Phoebe Literary Journal, a bi-yearly publication of creative writing. 

Awards and Publications

Pushcart Nomination
“Shed” — Creative Nonfiction Essay
The New Ohio Review

Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize Finalist
“Abundance and Thirst” — Creative Nonfiction Essay
North Carolina Literary Review
Spring 2023

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest Finalist
“the time i brought a pie to a gun fight” — Prose Poem
Winning Writers
August 2023

“Reckoning with Systems and Running Slowly: An Interview with Lacy Crawford” 
April 2023

First place “Best Video Awards”
South Carolina Press Association
2018, 2019, and 2020


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