Michelle E. Rawlings (née Adams) is a contract writer and editor based out of the Washington, D.C. metro area. She currently serves as managing editor for the Conservative Institute—a publisher of premium news and analysis from a conservative worldview—and as a public relations rep for Virtual Vocations.
Michelle’s experience in publishing spans a wide variety of formats, including both print and digital, and both local and national, publications. She has a background in PR and digital marketing, and previously worked as a social media consultant and marketing video scriptwriter/producer.
Michelle’s work in political journalism, which has focused especially on state- and federal-level campaigns and gun policy, has been featured in national publications like Red Alert Politics (now part of the Washington Examiner) and HerCampus.
In addition to her work as a freelance journalist, Michelle has served as a copy editor and page designer for local newspapers, and she has experience line editing and ghostwriting both fiction and nonfiction projects. She has also been published in a number of print fiction and poetry anthologies.
Michelle graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where she won the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Journalism for her work as a student journalist while serving as the student newspaper’s editor in chief. Michelle was also the recipient of the S. Gordden Link Prize for Poetry in 2016.
She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Ryan, and their border collie, Dakota.