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Ashlen Renner

Writer, Multimedia Storyteller

Seeking to leverage my expertise in blending creativity with research to produce thought-provoking essays that connect stories from a distant past to the present. Dedicated to journalistic inquiry and delivering engaging content that draws on deep research to shed new light on a variety of subjects.

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 taught a course on forms of nonfiction storytelling, focusing on ideas of essential truth and narration. Encouraged students to engage critically with global narratives and perspectives.

Summer 2022

Alan Cheuse Center Travel Research Fellow
George Mason University 

Conducted independent study in Germany of the 12th Century Abbess Hildegard von Bingen as part of a creative writing thesis and book project. Interviewed medieval experts and hiked a 135km-long pilgrimage trail from where Hildegard was born to where she died.


Video Producer, University Communications
Elon University

Produced and edited videos including motion graphics for marketing and promotion purposes. Helped Develop Facebook Live Q&A sessions with Elon Admissions for incoming students.  


Reporter, Regional Video Producer
McClatchy Carolinas, The State Newspaper

Pitched and wrote news stories and video scripts for seven regional newspapers. Produced multiple award-winning short documentary videos focusing on underrepresented communities in South Carolina. 


Nonfiction Editor of phoebe literary journal, a bi-yearly publication of creative writing.  Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines, while maintaining a high standard of quality and creating an open-minded and safe environment for exchanging ideas.

Awards and Publications

New Ohio Review
“Shed” — Creative Nonfiction Essay
Publication forthcoming Fall 2023

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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