Dana Fine

Independent Writer and Editor, and Lover of All Things Aquatic and Reptilian

I am a Grand Valley State University alumni, with a Bachelors in writing and a minor in biology. I am an experienced writer in the creative and magazine fields, and have a background in environmental biology. Before transfering to a writing degree, I spent three years of college pursuing a degree in marine biology, and most of high school and middle school attending events and studying for a career in environmental marine biology. During this time, I learned that there are many writers, and many biologists, but few who are both and can forward their ideas with facts or good writing.

In my free time I love to write stories, edit peers work, and research new facts about reptiles and aquatic life. I love to use my knowledge to power my writings, using them to help educate people through stories. I also love grammar, and am the go to person to help edit documents for grammar, errors, and rephrasing.

Portfolio

Research Writing

November 29, 2012
Intelligence of the Octopi Research Paper

Research paper depicting the intelligence of octopi; spacial memory, stimuli, defense mechanisms. Included to show early recognition of research skills.

Grand Valley State University Herpetology
10/30/2016
Social and Play Behavior Among Crocodilians

A look at the life of crocodilians, and the way they interact with others of thier own species and outside stimuli. Included to show recognition of recent research paper.

Magazine Articles

The Thinking Hand
04/27/2018
Destruction of Our Coral Reefs

On page 66. An informational piece about coral reefs, history, biology and current issues. An article published in the The Thinking Hand, a class based magazine used to sharpen our skills for magazine editing, writing, and formatting.

The League for Animal Welfare
Health benefits of cat ownership

An article about the physical and mental health benefits of having a cat in the house. Will be published in the 2018 August Magazien sent out to gain awareness and donations for the League for Animal Welfare.

The Thinking Hand
04/27/2018
A Tale As Old As Time, Beauty and the Beast Revisited

On page 24. A movie review piece combined with comparison and short background on the 2017 Beauty and the Beast. Included to show skills in comparison and movie reviews. An article published in the The Thinking Hand, a class based magazine used to sharpen our skills for magazine editing, writing, and formatting.

Creative Writing

10/04/2017
Peer Critique 1

A peer critique on a story about a homeless man infatuated with the invertebrate occupants of his shelter, especially the spider Cassy. Included in portfolio to show skills as an editor, including feedback skills.

01/24/2018
Peer Critique 2

A peer critique on a story about a war in the fairy world. It takes place at an academy to train young fae, and the main character Nerissa is a water based fairy. Included in portfolio to show skills as an editor, including feedback skills.

League For Animal Wellfare Adoption website
Animal Biographies

A collection of cat and dog biographies for The League for Animal Welfare's adoption website. Included to show skils in creative writing, and ability in concise writing.

Awards, Resume, and Cover Letter

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