Beautiful online portfolios for writers

Writer's Residence was created by me, Monica Shaw, to make it easy for journalists and writers to create a beautiful online portfolio. I created Writer's Residence after my own experience starting as a freelance writer, where I observed a real lack in simple easy solutions for writers to get their work online in a marketable form.


My goal with Writer's Residence is simple

  • To make it effortless and hassle free for writers to showcase their best work with a beautiful website.
  • To give writers a valuable tool that they can use to market their careers.

A Little History

Every writer has to start somewhere. For most of us, that somewhere is among the throngs of unpublished writers trying to make a go at the business. This is where I found myself when I decided to quit my job and become a full-time freelance writer.

I quickly realised that I needed something to promote my new career - a website was the obvious vehicle. I couldn't find an easy solution, so I hacked away at WordPress and made do with a blog/portfolio type thing. In truth, I would have rather spent the time pitching articles and writing stories, however, the effort paid off. I got my first commission, for a national newspaper, after sending my website to an editor who asked to see some writing samples.

After this experience I figured there were lots of writers out there who wanted a fancy website, too, but didn't have the knowledge or the patience to put one together. So I enlisted the help of some savvy software friends to create a service that would help writers get a website going quickly and easily. Hence, Writer's Residence was born!

More about Monica Shaw

I started Writer's Residence alongside my own journey as a professional writer in 2004 (check out my own Writer's Residence portfolio). Today, I continue to work as a writer among other side hustles that contribute towards my freelance lifestyle. I write for other businesses - white papers, research reports, web content, and other forms of copywriting - as well as for pleasure on my two websites, Eat Sleep Wild and SmarterFitter. You can learn more about my professional background over on my LinkedIn page.

Get in touch

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