Samantha Ladwig is a staff writer for The Culture Trip, reader for the Portland based literary journal, The Masters Review, and instructor at the Imprint Writers' Workshoppe 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. 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 gathering clips and saving up, she moved back to the Pacific Northwest to write.
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 online and print magazines like New York Magazine, Birth Movies Death, SYFY, Bust Magazine, Film School Rejects, Bitch, Screen Rant, and IGN Entertainment.
Additionally, Samantha has written a number of personal essays about estrangement, eating disorders, and adjustment, as well as more lighthearted topics like wall-to-wall carpet. These works can be found in or at Vice, Bust Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Six Hens, Girls at Library, Hellogiggles, and others.
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Her 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, AFI Fest, Telluride Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival.
Looking to break into writing or refine your skills? Samantha teaches quarterly workshops on personal essays and pitching, and offers one-on-one consultations at the Imprint Writers' Workshoppe in Port Townsend. Find out more about these opportunities under the Workshops tab and get in touch.