Section Two: What to Include in Your Portfolio

As I said before, your portfolio needs to be a mix of your best work tailored to the type of writing jobs you’re seeking. If you want to apply yourself across several niches, try to include a nice mix of what you’ve done. If you’re looking to become a niche expert, include examples that show off that ability and experience.

Note: We provide a portfolio checklist at the end of the course!

For Beginners:

Start with any pieces you’ve written for school, internships, or personal projects.

Include a variety of styles and formats if possible (blog posts, articles, poetry, copywriting samples).

We also offer guest post opportunities with Grammarist for those who complete this course and all the exercises. This is a great starting point for beginners to do real work that can be included in their portfolios. 

For Experienced Writers:

Highlight any key published work with your byline.

Share published work that’s featured on high-authority websites.

Showcase what you’ve done across different niches to demonstrate versatility or focus on your area of expertise.

Pro Tip: Only include work in your portfolio if you have permission to do so. If you’ve signed an NDA of any kind or performed work on a ghostwriting basis, you may need special permission to use them as work examples.