Keyanna Butler is a 2013 graduate of our Professional Writing program. She works for Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Brothers, where she writes about The Vampire Diaries and live tweets that show and other favorites. She also maintains an indie author assistant service, reviews books on a blog, and recently started a freelance editing service. Here are Keyanna’s reflections on the program and what she does now:
“I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Prep Charter High School in South Philadelphia. Many of my teachers were Kutztown University alumni and that is how I heard of the school. I opted to go to community college for a couple of years and then transfer to a university when I was ready. When that time came, Kutztown University was the college I chose. I had friends from high school there so I wouldn’t be alone and the English program sounded amazing. I felt like I could get a great education there.
My predictions about Kutztown ended up being right on the money. The English department was filled with professors who loved their craft and were eager to share their teaching and experiences both professionally and personally to help their students grow. Some of my favorite classes were classes that helped me realize talents and skills I didn’t know I had such as Magazine Writing and Screenplay Writing. Others helped me revisit things I had always loved but lost somehow in the shuffle of life, like my love of reading while taking classes such as British Literature and Black American Literature. There were many projects that stood out to me like taking Advanced Composition with Dr. Folk and doing a project on the art of FanFiction and creating my own blog page. Also, taking writing classes with Professor Nurczynski. It was a paper from her class that won me an award from KU and another that won me an award and also led to my first publication as a writer, which ended up being a highlight of my college career.
Currently, I am a freelance writer for Alloy Entertainment, writing pieces for vampirediaries.com themed around their shows The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. I also live tweet during my favorite TV shows and have a very interactive twitter account where I am followed by many network social media accounts. In addition to that, I am finding my love of reading again and have a book blog where I review books I read and promote authors. I am giving personal assistant services to authors by running their social media and things of that nature. And lastly, I am launching my own freelance editing business that I hope will take off soon. All of these careers are skills and passions that I never would have found if it weren’t for KU’s English and Professional Writing programs.”