Emily Shwake

After graduating with honors from the University of Maryland English Department, Emily attended Columbia University’s crash course in publishing in order to prepare herself for a future in media. She spent two years writing for BuzzFeed’s lifestyle verticals before making the leap into freelance writing. After another two years, Emily took on her biggest project yet: building the Wix Restaurants blog from the ground up.

Columbia University, Publishing Course (2016)

  • Intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. 

University of Maryland, English Honors (2015-2016)

  • Participated in rigorous honors courses and seminars.

  • Developed a critical thesis under the mentorship of Professor Mary Helen Washington.

College Park Scholars, International Studies (2012-2014)

  • Studied political theory through seminar, formal discussion, literature, and film.

Education

Experience

Wix Restaurants Editor (2021-Present)

  • Founding editor of the Wix Restaurants blog.

  • Writes articles that help restaurateurs grow their businesses.

  • Manages editorial calendar and edits freelance writers.

  • Collaborates with the social media team on the promotion strategy.

  • Oversees the art direction.

Freelance Writer (2019-2021)

  • Reported for publications such as Gothamist, Retailsphere, and Forbes.

  • Wrote lifestyle and consumer-related content for BuzzFeed, The Goods by Vox, Martha Stewart, Allure, and Apartment Therapy.

  • Performed copywriting duties for companies such as Next Big Idea Club and Food Theory.

  • Transcribed for publications such as Eater and The Nation as well as independent journalists.

BuzzFeed Staff Writer (2016-2019)

  • Redirected Nifty toward more premium home content as the sole writer for the vertical.

  • Initiated a more fluid relationship between edit and video.