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About me

Hey there! 


My name is Courtney Ray. I am an Alabama native with a passion for writing. I've been a writer for most of my life — throughout my childhood, I would craft short stories and creative pieces as an outlet for my boundless imagination. After high school, I attended Jacksonville State University and earned a Bachelor's degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration, as well as a minor in Professional Writing. I am currently residing in the Birmingham area.

When I'm not writing, I like spending time outdoors, crafting, reading, and hanging out with my cat, Willow! 

Fun Fact: I love music! I play multiple different instruments, and even played the oboe in concert ensembles throughout my college career. I've also had the pleasure of singing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event — Go Barons!! 





English, B.A.; Professional Writing Minor 

Jacksonville State University

August 2019 - April 2023, Jacksonville, AL

  • 3.95 GPA

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude April 2023

January 2023 - April 2023

Internship — Social Media Content Strategist  | Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), All in Alabama Campaign

  • created content and copy for social media posts 

  • managed content calendar & scheduling of social media posts

  • measured KPI's & campaign growth across multiple social media platforms

  • oversaw ordering & production of branded merchandise

  • represented ACHE at Alabama Governor's Summit on Talent Retention & Work-Based Learning

Fall 2022

Project Manager — All in Alabama Campaign

  • managed a team of 18 students in creating content for the "All in Alabama" Campaign, led by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE)

  • implemented team/individual schedules, timelines and deadlines to be followed throughout the project

  • led workshops and "brainstorm" sessions among peers to generate new content ideas and strategies

  • communicated with ACHE partners on behalf of creative team

Spring 2023

Venecia's Foundation — 501c3 Nonprofit

  • developed client's overall brand, voice, and style

  • created guiding brand documents to assist client in developing a cohesive & recognizable online presence 

  • compiled social media guide documents to aid client in the proper utilization of social media platforms

Spring 2021

Internship — Editorial Assistant | Gigantic Sequins: A Literary Arts Journal

  • managed projects & schedules of editorial team

  • managed submissions & communications from magazine patrons

  • revised and edited final copies of Gigantic Sequins literary magazine (13th Issue)

  • assisted in management of social media platforms 

Fall 2019 - Spring 2023

Various Projects in collaboration with Jacksonville State University

  • redesigned Faculty Commons web page to be more accessible & user friendly 

  • redesigned the Gigantic Sequins: Teen Sequins web page

  • designed multimedia promotional materials for JSU English Department

  • created accessibility documents for faculty and staff in conjunction with JSU Disability Services

Awards & Distinctions

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude / Jacksonville State University

  • Outstanding English Major in Professional Writing / Jacksonville State University

  • Excellence in Creative Writing / Jacksonville State University

  • Sustained Excellence by a Senior English Major / Jacksonville State University

Indeed Assessments

  • Social Media - PROFICIENT 

  • Marketing - PROFICIENT 

  • Written Communication - PROFICIENT 

  • Work Style: Professionalism - PROFICIENT 

  • Proofreading - PROFICIENT 

  • Project Timeline Management - PROFICIENT

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