Stephanie Carmichael started writing online when she entered college in 2007 and hasn’t stopped since. While studying English literature, she blogged and contributed to smaller websites to build her portfolio, starting with the Girls Entertainment Network, a pop culture site made by women, where she reviewed comic books.
In 2009, she attended San Diego Comic-Con, America’s biggest entertainment convention, and got her first taste of covering live events. From there, she turned passion into profession, redirecting her focus toward freelance games journalism. She wrote and copy edited for publications such as GamesBeat, Fast Company’s Co.Create, Kill Screen, and The Mary Sue.
In 2014, Stephanie entered the gamification space by joining Classcraft. Over nearly five years, Stephanie has overseen content curation and community management. She’s written and edited product, marketing, and sales copy; organized webinars; produced video and blog content; contributed to thought leadership and story creation; shaped company values, voice, and tone; and attended industry events like ISTE and Games for Change, among other key efforts.
Stephanie’s love of pop culture is extensive. She’s reviewed novels for Kirkus Indie, acted as community manager for the successfully funded Kickstarter zombie card game “Z.”, consulted an indie game publisher on media relations, and even created her own video game zine for fun.
Her print work is credited in Bitch Magazine, the academic collection Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight, Kill Screen Magazine, and Hyper Magazine. Stephanie has also provided feedback and edits on fiction manuscripts, including In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak and Project Superhero by E. Paul Zehr.
Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing appeared in the campus literary magazine Backroads, and she presented an academic paper on spy fiction at an undergraduate conference.
At the moment, she lives with her two cats, dog, baby boy, and husband in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an aspiring novelist.