Backstory

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Brandi Neal writer

A lover of words, classic-rock music, and travel, Brandi is a professional writer, editor, storyteller, podcast producer and content strategist based in Los Angeles.

Some of the stranger things she has done include walking on fire (twice), hiking to the top of an active volcano in the middle of the night, hanging from the wing of an airplane (and letting go) and participating in an impala dung-spitting contest, which is just as gross as it sounds. In a movie of her life, she wants to be played by Stana Katic.

A former lifestyle writer for the women’s website Bustle, and a travel writer for Far & Wide and Coast magazine, Brandi has more than 15 years of experience in editorial writing, editing, and management.

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Currently, she is director of content creation and marketing at Radical Candor. Watch the trailer for the workplace comedy series and digital learning platform she helped develop and launch with Radical Candor in partnership with Second City Works.

The Toolbox

Brandi’s expertise include developing and executing targeted email campaigns; global and virtual events promotion; editorial development, writing, and management; web development copywriting; marketing and content copywriting; user-experience testing; copy and content editing; and video scriptwriting (but, she doesn’t take herself too seriously — watch Brandi in this instructional skiing video. She doesn’t actually know how to ski).

She also has experience in strategic project management, executing social media influencer campaigns, and online marketing and content strategy for global B2B companies like New Generation Network, B2C companies like L.L.Bean, membership organizations such as millennial business-networking nonprofit YPO, consulting firms like The Dobbins Group and health and wellness clients like Beth Hardin Healing.

Watch videos developed and scripted by Brandi >>

Artistic Endeavors

A former fiction editor for the literary review The New Guard, Brandi was also co-editor of the  University of Southern Maine’s four-genre, graduate-student literary magazine, Stonecoast Lines, and founder/executive editor of the narrative nonfiction magazine The Blue Room.

She was a 2016 Idyllwild Arts Summer Writers’ Week Creative Nonfiction Fellow and a 2012 Summer Literary Series Workshop Fiction Fellowship finalist.

Currently, she is revising her memoir Night Swimming, the story of her tumultuous childhood navigating life with her eccentric Vietnam veteran father suffering from undiagnosed PTSD.

Read an excerpt of Night Swimming >>

Brandi is available for writing, editing and consulting. Please contact for rates.

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