COPYWRITER / TECHNICAL WRITER / INSTRUCTOR


Dynamic writer with proven skills creates documents in clear and concise English.

Transforms technical information into well-structured documentation.

Produces marketing communications that motivate readers to action.

Edits graphics and creates attractive layouts in all formats.

Makes difficult material painless and easy to remember.

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User Manuals Installation Guides Help Files
API Guides White Papers Technical Briefs
Presentations Brochures Data Sheets
Articles Newsletters Web Copy
Corel Applications Adobe Applications MS Office


For a select portfolio of writing samples, see http://johnlittle.us/sample-portfolio/


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance, Technical Writer and Copywriter — Indianapolis, Jerusalem and Taipei, 2005-present
Currently provide freelance copywriting and technical writing services via three web sites, and through EditFast, TEKsystems and SmartIT. Previous projects include white papers, business plans, non-profit marketing campaigns, database driven web sites (Joomla), blogs (WordPress), manuscript editing for fiction and non-fiction, and technical consulting.

Professional Websites

  • johnlittle.us — freelance copywriting and technical writing services.
  • thewritegroup.com — not-for-profit initiative to promote writers in Israel.
  • israeloutlook.com — foreign policy and global security from the perspective of Israel.

Sample of Current and Past Projects

  • editing — certified by EditFast for editing technical and non-technical documents.
  • print media — involved in four book projects: fiction, foreign policy, and religion.
  • teaching — lead class on current events and religion, using own course materials.

Vsus Technologies, Technical Writer and Copywriter — Jerusalem, 2003-2005
Created all user guides and provided interface text. Produced marketing materials such as press releases, customer presentations, web copy, technical reports, competitive product analyses. Developed new product marketing initiatives.

Olive Software, Technical Writer — Kfar Saba, 2002-2003
Produced online help, interface text, press releases, sales letters, presentations. Helped company president draft and edit official correspondence.

Banter (now iPhrase, IBM), Technical Writer — Jerusalem, 1999-2001
Created and maintained documentation for software originally developed for Israel Military Intelligence. Created API guides, installation guides, and user manuals. Developed style guides for writing team, QA department, and programmers. Played role in helping Banter acquire their largest client.

New Dimension Software (now BMC), Technical Writer — Tel Aviv, 1998-1999
Maintained OS/390 API guide. Edited installation guides and user manuals.

Freelance, Web Designer — Jerusalem, 1997-1998
Created and maintained websites for private individuals and The Jerusalem Zoo.

Marathon Investments, Copywriter — Jerusalem, 1996-1997

Wrote and edited The Marathon Investment Letter and The Marathon Portfolio for this small investment company. Managed small mutual fund specializing in emerging market equities.


PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Marathon Investments, Financial Advisor — Jerusalem, 1994-1996
Transition to Israel, Hebrew language studies — Jerusalem, 1992-1994

TFN, B2B Sales (computer networks) — Indianapolis, 1989-1991

Indiana University, Computer Consultant — Indianapolis, 1987-1989


EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS and PUBLICATIONS

Masters of Business Administration, Butler University — Indianapolis, 1991
Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University — Indianapolis, 1989
Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage, Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. — Indianapolis, Fall 1990
Heat-seeking Missile Award, TFN, sales growth award — Indianapolis, Dec. 1990
Council on Foreign Relations, past member — Indianapolis, 1990-1991
Published articles on investments for The Jerusalem Post — Jerusalem, 1996-1997
Previous proficiency in older computer languages
(Intel 8080/85 Machine Code, Pascal, BASIC, Visual Basic 6, VAX/PDP Command, C++)


SELECTED ENDORSEMENTS

John gives 110% to every project and is a great team player. We miss his skill and professionalism. When a project needs to be done quickly and accurately, John has been there for us.
  — Adina Taragin, Technical Communications, iPhrase (IBM)

John is a highly talented and highly skilled professional. I believe that few people have John’s combination of business knowledge, computer skills, and writing ability.
  — Daniel Zahavi Asa, President, ZahaviNet