Samantha Ladwig is a writer, reviewer, bookseller, theatre manager, film archivist, and writing instructor in the Pacific Northwest. In short, she wears a lot of hats.
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Samantha began writing professionally during graduate school at Western Washington University (MA 2015). She loved studying moving image archives but was discouraged by how inaccessible academic writing can be, so she took to the internet to share her research and thoughts on movies, books, and pop culture. It wasn't until she earned a job as a Moving Image Cataloger at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in June 2015 that she considered writing as a full time career. 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's Vulture, Real Simple, Bust Magazine, Vox's The Verge (forthcoming), Birth Movies Death, Huffington Post, SYFY, The Culture Trip, Screen Rant, Business Insider, IGN Entertainment, Film School Rejects, and Bitch.
Additionally, Samantha has written a number of reported pieces and essays about estrangement, eating disorders, situational depression, and other topics. These works can be found at Broadly, Girls at Library, Bust Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Puritan Magazine'sThe Town Crier, Hellogiggles, and others. And no, they're not all emotionally intense.
Over the years, Samantha's work has landed her spots on podcasts like Tell Me About Your Mother, KPTZ Radio Port Townsend, 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 teaching workshops on memoir, personal essay, and novel writing at the Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend.
Find her on Instagram @anonymous.bookseller or email her at samantha [at] samanthaladwig [dot] com