We are writing backstories and bios in Digital Media this week to put on our school portfolios.
The general gist of the process is to write two things in two different voices. One piece of writing would be the conversation you would have with a stranger over coffee and you are just getting to know one another. This portion answers "Who am I and how did I get here?" from a basic-facts perspective. This is written in first-person and can be very conversational and casual. This is your "Backstory."
The second portion is your "Bio." This would be the introduction someone else would read before you step on the stage to teach a workshop or perform for an audience. It is written in third person. Bragging is expected and allowed in this section, as it is "someone else" talking about you. You are building credibility here. This writing answers the question of "Why should I listen to you?"
Some tips when writing copy for the web:
You can check out my "About Me" page right here on this blog if you'd like.
Lisa Gottfried is a CTE teacher with 20 years experience as CEO of her own Video and Motion Graphics Production house. She currently teaches Intro to Digital Media, Video Production and Game/3D Design. She loves her job and her students!