Samantha Ladwig is a writer, bookseller, and new instructor at the Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend.
Samantha began her freelance writing career during graduate school at Western Washington University (MA 2015) where she studied Archives and Records Management, focusing primarily on film archives. It wasn't until she moved to Los Angeles immediately following her graduation to work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as a Moving Image Cataloger, that she decided to pursue writing full time. After three years of cataloging classic films, gathering clips, and saving up, she moved back to the Pacific Northwest to write full time.
The bulk of her writing centers on film. From its history to recent reviews to interviews with filmmakers like Lynn Shelton and Emily V. Gordon, these pieces have been published by - or featured on - New York Magazine, Real Simple, The Verge, Birth Movies Death, Huffington Post, SYFY, Bust Magazine, Film School Rejects, Bitch, The Culture Trip, Screen Rant, Business Insider, PopOptiq, and IGN Entertainment.
Additionally, Samantha has written a number of personal essays about estrangement, eating disorders, situational depression, and other topics. These works can be found in or at Vice, Bust Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Six Hens, Hellogiggles, Girls at Library, Puritan Magazine's The Town Crier (forthcoming), and others. And no, they're not all emotionally intense.
Photo by Seth Longborn
Over the years, Samantha's work has landed her spots on podcasts like Tell Me About Your Mother and Historical Hotties, as well as presented her with opportunities to attend, and sometimes cover, events like the Academy Awards, Telluride Film Festival, AFI Fest, and Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2018, Samantha began selling books and teaching workshops on creative nonfiction and personal essays at the Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend.
If you're looking for film coverage, a writing consultation, information on future workshops, or anything else writing related, email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org