Stephanie Carmichael started writing online when she entered college in 2007 and hasn’t stopped since. While attending classes full-time, she blogged and contributed to smaller websites to build her portfolio, starting with the Girls Entertainment Network, a pop culture site for women.
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, delving into freelancing.
Blogging comes naturally (that’s why she can’t quit even on her busiest days), but she also writes and copy edits professionally for outlets like GamesBeat. Her articles have appeared on Fast Company’s Co.Create, Kill Screen, The Mary Sue, The Escapist, Pop Matters, Touch Arcade, G4@Syfygames, GameZone, and more.
Gaming is one of many fortes. Currently, Stephanie works full-time as the Head of Content (former community and social media manager) for ed-tech startup Classcraft. There she oversees a global community of teachers and serves as editor-in-chief of the Classcraft education blog. Classcraft partnered with the Games for Change 2016 festival team for the blog’s launch.
She’s written about books and comics for Kirkus Indie and Impulse Creations, blogged about science and technology for Electronic Component News, served as an impromptu community manager for the Kickstarter zombie card game “Z.” (successfully funded), consulted with indie game publisher Hunted Cow Studios on public 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.
She’s also provided feedback and editing help on fiction manuscripts, including In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak and Project Superhero by E. Paul Zehr.
Stephanie studied English at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated summa cum laude. Her writing appeared in the campus literary magazine Backroads, and she later presented a paper at an undergraduate conference, where she spoke about spy fiction.
At the moment, she lives with her two cats and financé in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is an aspiring novelist.