donn saylor

writer / actor


Donn Saylor is a freelance writer whose work ranges from educational and technical writing to poetry and creative nonfiction. Being a research nerd, amateur investigator, and lifelong learner, he has a special interest in content, SEO, and copywriting. He has extensive experience and expertise in the art of content creation, having written hundreds of content pieces on everything from plumbing repair to Amish romance novels (seriously!). As a working freelance writer with over a decade of experience, he crafts dynamic, informative, creative content while maintaining both affordability for the client and rigorous ethical standards.

Coming from a diverse background in corporate, small business, and philanthropic environments, Donn has a proven track record of success and creativity. He loves to tackle information on new topics, ideas, services, and products. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small, family-owned businesses, and startup nonprofits striving for the greater good. Donn has a special place in his heart for working with businesses owned by women, members of the LGBT community, and other minority populations. 

Donn is also a longtime poet and creative writer who especially enjoys penning essays and critical analyses. He is a regular contributing writer for Ranker and the official Barnes & Noble blog, B&N Reads. Previously, Donn was the theater critic for The Boston Examiner, as well as a regular contributor to Edge Publications, wiseGEEK, and eHow. 

Donn has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; he also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the University of Iowa. In addition to writing, he is an actor who has appeared on stages across the country. His one-man show, Pilgrim Soul: A Life of William Haines—which he wrote and performed—received critical acclaim in its world premiere production in 2013. For more information on Donn's acting work, click here. In between writing and stage projects, Donn is an aspiring meditation teacher, yoga enthusiast, and proud parent of two nutty felines.

See below for a brief portfolio. To obtain further writing samples, a detailed résumé, references, and/or client list, click here to contact Donn.

I see [my pen] as an extension of my musculature....
It’s the closest I can get to my breath.
— Spalding Gray


Here are a few samples of Donn's work. This is by no means a complete list, and he is more than happy to share other writing samples. Just contact Donn to request a more detailed portfolio.

Articles, Essays, and Interviews

50 Shades of Hay: 12 Things You Didn't Know About Amish Romance Novels — Ranker

Ample Riches of Every Sort: An Interview with Erica Jong — Barnes & Noble

Jackie Collins: An Appreciation — Barnes & Noble

Why I Am a Dude Who Proudly Reads Romance — Barnes & Noble

Reviews and Criticism

5 Reasons Romance Fans Will Love The Windflower  Barnes & Noble

Contemplations of the Heart: A Book of the Male Spirit (Book Review) — Edge Publications

Dear Mary-Louise Parker: 4 Reasons Everyone Should Read Your New Memoir, Dear Mr. You — Barnes & Noble

Erica Jong's Fear of Dying Searches for Answers to Life's Biggest Questions — Barnes & Noble

Web Content

What Is Minamata Disease? — wiseGEEK

What Is a Steller’s Jay? — wiseGEEK

© Donn Saylor, 2017.