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PATRICK L. FARENGA

13 Hume Avenue Medford, MA 02155 | 781.395.8508 | pfarenga@comcast.net | www.patrickfarenga.com

Career Summary: An editor and writer for online and print publications with expertise in technology, financial, and education publications.

• Published and marketed an international education magazine about homeschooling for 143 issues and moved its content online.

• Significant digital publishing experience, including creating books, email campaigns, white papers, using content management systems and website design tools.

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Farenga WordWorks, Medford, MA January 2001–Present

President

Organizes, markets, and speaks about homeschooling for the online Homeschool Plus Conference, 2014 and 2013: http://www.homeschoolconference.com/

Creates, edits, and promotes videos and webinars for johnholtgws.com’s YouTube channel about education.

Blogs about alternative education and manages the site, www.johnholtgws.com.

• Keynote speaker about self-directed learning and homeschooling at the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children, March 2014.

Co-edited and published The Legacy of John Holt: A Man Who Genuinely Understood, Trusted, and Respected Children (Sept. 2013) in print and digital formats.

Edited and published Escape From Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children by John Holt in print and digital formats. (April 2013).

Contributing writer about social media for www.theCMOsite.com.

Blogger about education and technology for www.Educational IT.com.

Wrote 12 technology articles for Staples’ EasyTech microsite.

Copyeditor for Cape Cod Compositors, Pembroke, MA. Edits academic, trade, and financial books for publication by John Wiley & Sons.

Copyeditor for Pyramid Consulting, Cambridge, MA. Edited research reports, charts, and graphs about the telecommunications industry. Published content online.

Researched and interviewed subject matter experts for software product case histories and white papers for Ardence/Citrix.

Author of two books and nine book chapters on education topics.

Expert author for articles about homeschooling for the online edition of Encyclopedia Britannica and The International Encyclopedia of Education (Elsevier).

 

NameMedia, Waltham, MA January 2008–June 2010

Copywriter and Marketing Consultant

Create advertising media kits and other marketing collateral for Enthusiast Media Network.

Produce SEO content for Mommy.com, Gardens.com, and other enthusiast websites.

Entrusted with developing editorial calendars for new websites.

Write and edit monthly email promotions and articles for Afternic.com and BuyDomains.com.

 

PetEdge, Beverly, MA November 2006–December 2007

Copywriter and Editor

Establish in-house style guide for print and web use.

Develop SEO web content for online store, on-hold messages for call center, and other marketing collateral.

Update content management system components daily.

 

Holt Associates Inc., Cambridge, MA September 1981–October 2006

President and Publisher

Contract and edit books and articles on general education topics.

Create and publish a bimonthly newsletter, original books, and quarterly mail order catalogs.

Successfully market and sell Holt Associates publications to national bookstores, book wholesalers, libraries, charter and private schools.

 

Education

Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison, in English literature.

Bachelor of Arts, Boston College, in English literature.

Trinity College, Dublin—Spent year abroad studying Irish literature.

 

Technical Expertise

Advanced user of all Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word.

Proficient in QuarkXPress.

Very proficient using web page creation and content management system software.

Proficient using Adobe Acrobat Pro, scanning/OCR, and image editing software.

• Advanced user of Amazon's CreateSpace and Smashword's ebook creation tools.