An Online Portfolio Can Change Your Career: 11 Writer Websites We Love

An Online Portfolio Can Change Your Career: 11 Writer Websites We Love

Your online portfolio is the portal through which both clients and readers learn about you and your work, one of the best ways to land writing jobs.

That means that, for many of us, creating a writer website is hugely intimidating. I put off creating a writer website for months simply because I didn’t know how I wanted to put it together.

Luckily, you have options. There are as many types of writer websites as there are writers, and you don’t have to make your writer website fit any kind of preconceived template or mold.

Instead, use your online portfolio to reflect what makes you unique as a writer, and what you have to share with clients, readers and fans.

Need inspiration? Check out these online portfolio examples

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that creating your online portfolio has to be a massive project. We’ve showcased lots of portfolio websites that make it easy for you.

But before you build your own, we’ve got some inspiration to get you started! We found some solid writer websites to share, each with a unique focus and design.

Here are 11 online portfolio examples.

1. Elna Cain

Elna Cain’s writer website is bold, partly because she blatantly tells you she’s the freelance writer your business or project needs. To further convince you, a row of prominent publications are listed right above her introduction — that’s where she confidently states the problem clients have and how her skills can solve the problem. Then, the page ends with glowing client remarks. 

Elna’s online portfolio shares a variety of ways to get in touch with her for business opportunities and how to keep up with her work online. To assert her expertise in the field, Elna also links her popular blog that’s filled with tips on how to make money with writing. 

2. Manjula Martin

Screenshot of Manjula Martin's writer website

Manjula Martin’s site is a great example of a basic, straightforward online portfolio: a brief introduction with her resume highlights front and center, and lots of links to connect people who want to learn more. She built it on WordPress.

Manjula’s website works because you learn everything you need to know about her credentials and writing style at a single glance. It’s easy to follow the links and read her clips, and she also gives you many ways to contact her with writing or consulting opportunities.

3. Ann Friedman

Screenshot of writer Ann Friedman's website

Why not make your Tumblr blog double as your writer website? That’s what Ann Friedman did at first, adding her own logo and tagline as well a row of links to her completed work and contact information. What a simple and beautiful landing page!

One of the big advantages of having your Tumblr double as your online writing portfolio is that anyone who sees your posts reblogged on their dashboard has the opportunity to learn more about your writing and your work. Tumblr users who follow you will be reminded of your writing work every time you link to a new published piece, and will be able to easily share and reblog your pieces to new readers.

Tumblr also gives you the chance to connect person-to-person, which is one of the best ways to get both readers and gigs.

4. Nozlee Samadzadeh

It’s possible to create an extremely compelling writer website without a single photo, logo, or image. Nozlee Samadzadeh’s site lists her contact information, concise explanations for her professional experience, and links to her publications, all on a single page.

Nozlee’s site also includes a short statement of her “primary beats,” which is key info for anyone looking to hire her for a writing job.

5. Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire’s writer website instantly immerses you into her urban fantasy world. Her latest release is prominently featured, and the header image and colors help establish her genre to new visitors. The left-hand navigational column provides easy access to important information.

If you write fiction, especially genre fiction, let your writer website reflect your fictional worlds. Open the door to your fiction by giving readers the chance to see what might be hidden within the pages.

6. Francesca Nicasio

Copywriter Francesca Nicasio’s writer website aptly showcases her expertise in writing B2B content around retail, eCommerce, technology, and more. The entire website is structured around one goal: informing readers about her capabilities the very moment they get to her site. 

What’s the goal of your writer website? Are your skills and services clearly explained?  When users visit your site, do they know what to do if they want to work with you? With her email address displayed largely on the front page, Francesca makes it easy for clients to get in touch with her. Your writer website should do the same.

7. Kayla Hollatz

“Inviting” is the best way to describe Kayla Hollatz’s writer website. The big, bold words that immediately greet you are enticing enough to make you want to keep exploring her trendy online portfolio. And without needing to scroll too far, Kayla’s concise and effective introduction appears, placed evenly below a prompt to take her brand style quiz. 

Wherever you go, Kayla’s writer website accomplishes one major thing: she pulls you in by subtly emphasizing her savviness. From spelling out the details of how you’ll work together to sharing impressive client success rates, it’s evident that this writer knows her stuff — and she wants you to learn it, too, hence her quiz and email course. 

8. Brittany Berger

How often are you intrigued by an unpopular opinion? Probably almost always, because, well, you just have to find out how you could possibly be on the wrong side of the truth. That’s what’s awesome about Brittany Berger’s approach to her writer website — she offers a solution that most companies think is the problem. 

Her conversational tone guides you into understanding her logic, and she offers a number of valuable resources to help you learn about being mindful about content creation, and how to be more productive as you do. 

She created her website on WordPress.

9. Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner’s writer website is one of those slick, beautifully designed sites that intimidate the rest of us. It’s the type of site that looks like it requires the assistance of a web designer, which means that it’s aspirational for a lot of us, especially those of us who are just getting started as freelancers. In actuality, Sarah’s website was created with the help of WordPress and Themely. 

However, design isn’t the only aspect that makes Sarah’s writer website great. Her opening sentence clearly highlights her writing niche, how she can use her skills to improve your business in the health industry — the key goal of any resume or website — and includes a direct call to action. 

You can include a similar paragraph and call to action on your own writer website, no design firm required.

10. Erin Steiner

Screenshot of Erin Steiner's writer website

Erin Steiner’s website is gorgeous. Her tagline tells you exactly what she does — “I put words on the Internet” — and the use of photography and typography makes you want to learn more.

Erin’s site breaks “the rules” by forcing users to click through her splash page to learn more about her portfolio. It’s a risky move, since some people are going to leave without getting the chance to see Erin’s work, but her splash page is so inviting that it effectively draws in the right people and lets them know right away that she’s going to be both charming and professional, with a writer’s eye for good design.

She built this on WordPress.

11. Nicole Dieker (yes, that’s me!)

My writer website serves two purposes: it’s a place where people can learn more about my freelance and teaching work, and it’s also a blog that focuses on the art and finances of a creative careerI include “where I got published this week” roundups every Friday and finance roundups on the first of every month, along with daily insights on work-life balance, how to earn money for your creative work, the process of writing a novel and more. I also pay writers for guest posts, so pitch me!

I set up my site through WordPress using a pre-designed template.

Do you have a writer website you’re proud of, or are you working on one now? Share your experience with us in the comments!

This is an updated version of a story that was previously published. We update our posts as often as possible to ensure they’re useful for our readers.

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22 comments

  • Marcy McKay says:

    Amazing. Each of these websites is both beautiful and functional. Definitely something worth aspiring to — thanks for sharing!

  • Wish I’d seen this before tackling my new pressfolios site. I have a lot to learn. (Why are the mugshots cropped horizontally? All I get is my eyes and nose!)

  • Wow, thanks Nicole, I’d never heard of a lot of these sites. They’re all in my bookmarks now.

  • Glad you enjoyed them, Hugh!

    Heather
    TWL Assistant Editor

  • Amber Adrian says:

    Wow! Thanks for including me! I’m actually at a writer’s conference right now and this helps me feel a wee bit more legit amidst thousands of Fancy Published Authors. 🙂

    Filed in the Things I Wish I Knew Earlier folder: While I absolutely adore my site (because Jamie at Shatterboxx is a genius), I’ve often wished that it was a bit easier to change. I’m often rotating projects and since I can’t adjust the site myself, it feels a bit outdated. I’m currently trying to figure out how to keep the design while making it easier for me to switch out content. If anyone figures this out, please let me know.

    Looking forward to browsing through the other sites for ideas!

    • Happy to include you, Amber! Thanks for sharing one of the drawbacks of a fancy site — it’s great for readers to be able to consider the pros and cons of each of their options.

      Hope you’re enjoying the conference!
      Heather
      TWL Assistant Editor

  • Divya says:

    I am a 16 year old school girl. I am fond of writing articles. I want to earn money by sending my own articles and also want to get it published in newspapers

  • Shanon says:

    Nice examples! Always, always, always host your article links (and pdf’s) on your own site. I have logged on several times and my Contently portfolio has been down (as recently as last week) and their metrics are not accurate. Sometimes, I have to delete and repost the url, which is a hassle. If I have an article that has 1k shares, I would like it show that – not 3 shares, lol. I actually refer people to muckrack now. Use it in conjunction with your website, not as your website.

  • Amy says:

    Hi Nicole! Thanks for the great article. May I ask, do you just feature your best work on Contently, or do you use it to gather ALL your clips? I’m getting started with Contently and I love its capacity to share the full scope of what I’ve published, but I’m not sure how to narrow this down to feature the clips most relevant to specific prospective employers. Thanks very much!

  • Yolanda says:

    Thanks for sharing! This has helped me analyze my own website.

  • I love Contently, but my marketing writing is not online so it doesn’t work well for me. Any tips on using the platform if one is not writing for online publications?

  • Charles Waters says:

    Hi Heather
    Currently researching before I create my writer’s site – this is gold dust. Glad I found it in time

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  • My writer’s website has helped me land travel writing assignments from my query letters, after editors check me out on my website. Since I posted my writer’s website, my acceptance rate went up past 90%. http://www.Roy-Stevenson.com

  • Virginia Tanna says:

    Hello Nicole,
    I’ve really enjoyed your updated post.
    Keep posting great, current content!

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