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BoomWriter Media is redefining what it means to tell stories.

Our unique approach enables writers, in all areas of life, to collaborate and compete for pieces of stories.

Readers can follow projects as they progress and watch competitions happen in real time.

It is very addictive.

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BoomWriter Media is used in over 60 countries

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Over 2 million competitions have been run

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Over 2,000 titles were published in 2014

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Over 20,000 schools are using our solution

Skrawl by BoomWriter

Used by anyone who wants to write and engage with a community of writers, Skrawl is an online collaboration platform for generating ideas, stories, and other original content.

After two million projects, we have proven that we can generate faster and higher quality content, whether that be stories, articles, editorials - in fact, anything.

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Boomwriter in Education

Over 20,000 teachers can’t be wrong. BoomWriter in education is one of the fastest growing educational technology applications in schools today.

In the time it takes you to click on the link below and check out this fantastic solution for teachers and students, somewhere in the world, a teacher just signed up for this service.

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We work with some very cool people:

Pebbles

Pebbles

Susan Semedo ("Pebbles") is a radio presenter, personality, and voice-over artist in the Boston area.

www.thepebblesperspective.com
Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is the best-selling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which inspired the film by the same name and its two sequels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Kinney is also the creator of the child-oriented website Poptropica, as well as a cartoonist and game designer.

www.wimpykid.com
Adam Wolfe

Adam Wolfe

Adam Wolfe is the Director of West Region Solution Sales for Boston-based publishing house Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wolfe is responsible for working with school districts looking to implement a digital strategy, while procuring an education solution that drives positive learning outcomes. Wolfe has over thirteen years of quota carrying experience with sales in higher education, state and local government, and enterprise commercial accounts.

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Luis Ortega

Luis Ortega

Luis brings more than 30 years of management experience; including 20 years of CEO leadership, to the Boomwriter Media team. His experience has been in high tech, financial services, and manufacturing. A graduate in business and computer science, Luis began his career in high tech, and witnessed the evolution from legacy computing to modern day business software and technology-enabled services. Today, Luis divides his activities between managing a diversified international investment portfolio, while participating on several boards.

www.linkedin.com
Billy Costa

Billy Costa

Billy Costa is a radio and television host in the Boston area.

www.billycosta.com
Geoffrey Moore

Geoffrey Moore

Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor, who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Aruba, Cognizant, and Rackspace. Moore is known for his best-selling Crossing the Chasm, which has sold over one million copies.

www.geoffreyamoore.com
Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen

Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. is a partner at Cohen Gardner LLP, a boutique, Beverly Hills based law firm with an emphasis on transactions involving technology, entertainment, media, licensing and intellectual property. Cohen regularly authors articles for media outlets like The Huffington Post, CNBC, Backstage, and Lawyerist. A former child actor, Cohen starred in the classic Steven Spielberg film The Goonies.

www.cohengardnerlaw.com
Trisha Hershberger

Trisha Hershberger

Trisha Hershberger is an actress, model, and host. She is best known for her host work on the YouTube channel, Sourcefed, and for her vlog series "The Naked Truth".

www.trishahershberger.com
Jordan Knight

Jordan Knight

Jordan Knight is an American singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer in the boy band New Kids on the Block, and as an actor, who rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s.

www.jordanknight.com
Allan Kaplan

Allan Kaplan

Allan Kaplan is the co-founder of three successful technology companies and as a partner in a private venture fund, he has a proven track record in business development, institutional funding, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Awards & Accolades:

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2014

Ranked #7 on Tech & Learning Magazine's Top 100 Sites.

Cool Tool Award

2013

Cool Tool EdTechDigest: Collaboration Solution Winner.

MITX Innovation Award

2013

MITX Innovation Awards: Most Innovative Digital Creative Winner.

MassTLC Leadership Award

2013

MassTLC Leadership Awards: Start-Up to Watch Finalist.

MassTLC Leadership Award

2013

MassTLC Leadership Awards: Innovative Technology of the Year: Ed Tech Finalist.

SBANE New England Innovation Award

2013

SBANE New England Innovation Award Finalist.

Sandbox Summit Finalist

2013

Sandbox Summit Finalist.

Tech and Learning Magazine

2011

Ranked #13 on Tech & Learning Magazine's Top 100 Sites.

Kids Safe Award

2012

kidSAFE Certified.

The Boomwriter Media Team:

Chris Twyman

Chris Twyman

Cofounder / CEO

This is Chris’s second venture. After a career working for two of the largest software companies, Chris formed Zapoint, an HR technology company based in Cambridge, MA. Then, after a cold, long walk under an umbrella with Ken Haynes, he started BoomWriter.

Chris has an MBA and a Masters in International Marketing along with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying.

Ian Garland

Ian Garland

Cofounder / Head of UI

Ian has worked in the design and technology world for over 10 years. Solid experience in both web design and traditional print makes him ideal for the challenge of a web app that creates published books!

After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design, Ian has worked for a variety of agencies in London and more recently in the northern half of the UK. He matches strong technical abilities with a love of design and interaction, in his own words: "My favorite color is black which makes me a designer, but I do like Star Wars which makes me a coder, so I guess I'm somewhere in-between."

Keith Woodward

Keith Woodward

Chief Marketing Officer

Keith has over 18+ years progressive marketing and operational experience in high technology /enterprise software industries. Keith possess a consistent track record of growing revenue, market share and business valuation. He is a proven executive with demonstrated success with both venture-funded and large, public corporations (both software and hardware). Within those organizations, Keith has successfully created, launched and managed award-winning product lines, successfully positioned companies in hyper-competitive spaces and created innovative demand and lead generation activities which increased sales efficiency.

Keith has a B.A. in Communications & Political Science from San Jose State University and a MBA from The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

Ashleigh West

Ashleigh West

MARKETING MANAGER

Ashleigh graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A. in English, a Specialization in Creative Writing, and a Minor in Psychology. Her short story The Courtyard was featured in the English Department's Undergraduate Journal Jabberwocky. Ashleigh first joined the BoomWriter team in the summer of 2013 as a Camp Counselor for the Storytellers Camp, featuring Jeff Kinney. She is the author of The Great Treasure Hunt, an original story written specifically for the Writing Club.

Ashleigh enjoys knitting and crocheting, writing poetry, and cheering on the Patriots!

Ken Haynes

Ken Haynes

COFOUNDER / PRESIDENT BOOMWRITER EDU

Ken was the first teacher ever to use BoomWriter. Prior to meeting Chris, Ken was a middle school teacher seeking to infuse more technology into his students' learning experiences.

Ken serves as BoomWriter Education's domain lead, drawing from his years as a special education and classroom teacher, school administrator, and academic summer camp director.

Ken's not new to the technology startup scene, having been one of the founding members of the Seattle-based TechViews events that connected early-stage technology companies with prospective investors.

Ken received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and M.S.ED. from Wheelock College

Sammy Taylor-Holmes

Sammy Taylor-Holmes

UI Designer

Sammy had an interest in Web Design from an early age and after a placement at a top Sheffield Web Design agency, he went on to study Digital Arts & Technology at University.

Since joining the team over two years ago he has designed and build the UI for BoomWriter. He finds design and UI fascinating because "it's something we come across daily in every thing we use (good or bad!)".

Sergiu Truta

Sergiu Truta

Lead Developer

Sergiu works is in charge of development for BoomWriter. He's always working on improving our services, updating them to run faster and using less hardware resources.

Prior to joining BoomWriter, Sergiu has worked for several other companies both large and small, using a multitude of development languages like C/C++, Java and others.

Sergiu has a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunications, Digital Networks from the Technical University in Cluj Napoca, Romania.

Jon Edwards

Jon Edwards

Lead Designer

Jon is our Lead Designer, he has a Bachelor's Degree in design from The University of Salford in the UK.

He has worked as a designer in various industries including: Education, In-flight entertainment, the voluntary sector and corporate events.

Jon is responsible for how things look at BoomWriter. In his spare time he grows a beard.

Alexandra Daniel

Alexandra Daniel

Skrawl Community Manager

Alexandra Daniel, nickname "Allie", first came to BoomWriter Media as an intern back in January 2015. She worked aside BoomWriter Community Manager, Ashleigh West on a number of projects focusing on the launch of Skrawl.com. Soon after, Allie graduated Curry College with a B.A in Communication and joined the team as the Community Manager for Skrawl.com. Allie has over 6+ years of experience working in non-profit, social media, customer service and production (film/editing). Since joining BoomWriter Media she has worked to develop Skrawl’s brand, social media presence and user growth/engagement.

In her free time, Allie enjoys watching movies, photography, spreading the vegan message and making beauty and lifestyle YouTube videos.

Case Studies:

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At a glance:

What They Wanted To Do

Utilize technology-based tools to increase student engagement and participation, while encouraging collaboration on current and future assignments.

What They Did

Professor Ghoshal and her students created six group writing projects to elaborate on topics and themes introduced in the classroom.

What They Accomplished

Elaborated on key topics to dissect main ideas and build strong conclusions. Compiled responses to understand and rectify misunderstandings within the curriculum. Developed strong and supportive relationships with peers through collaboration. Gained an interest in applying technology-based teaching tools to future projects.

Background

Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college with 164 full-time faculty, 2,400 students and an average class size of 19. It confers B.A., B.S. and B.S.B.A degrees with 39 majors and 49 minors in the humanities, arts, natural and social sciences, business, education, and pre-professional advising programs.

Through its curriculum of liberal arts, Stonehill College has been nationally recognized for experiential learning and upholds a rate twice the national average of students finding a job prior to graduation. Stonehill has also retained an 80% rate of students studying abroad, completing an internship or performing field research. The college offers numerous academic programs that foster effective skills in communication, critical thinking, extensive analysis and problem solving.

Challenge

Anamika Ghoshal, Assistant Professor of Criminology at Stonehill College uncovered the need to rethink traditional methods of teaching based on the declining rate of student participation and engagement. Ghoshal’s goal was to determine whether or not implementing more writing-based technology in the classroom would prevent her students from neglecting to read and respond to assignments listed in the syllabus. The professor’s main caveat was that the solution needed to be simple, easy to navigate and cost effective. As the primary source of information, Ghoshal was faced with the task of informing and educating the students on the platform, writing the material for the students, monitoring the platform’s effectiveness and analyzing the result.

Professor Ghoshal, with the help of Skrawl’s community manager, created her own personal account and Page titled, “CRM 400a Crimes of the Powerful Spring 2016”, and numerous skrawls. The students were given required readings and questions to explain the main ideas, their thoughts, and references to prove it. They wrote their entries over the course of five days, then voted on their peers’ entries, for three days, to find which one best completed the assignment. At the end of the semester, the class wrote six skrawls in the same process.

Stonehill College Students

Solution

At the beginning of the project, Professor Ghoshal identified an interest the students had for incorporating a new dynamic in their current routine. They came to understood the effectiveness of viewing their own and peer written conclusions would be for comprehending the material. The collaborative aspect of the Skrawl’s platform also increased student’s willingness to participate and increase their effort level as the project continued throughout the semester.

"The students found the competition quite fun. It became less about submitting because they were instructed to, and more about working alongside their peers to create a strong discussion"- Professor Ghoshal

Future Plans

Professor Anamika Ghoshal will continue to use the platform in future classes. She plans on utilizing Skrawl Premium which will allow her to view statistical information and offer direct feedback on each student’s submission. In the Fall, she will introduce the platform to her colleagues to test and utilize in their classrooms as well.

Appendix

  • Skrawl.com, a free collaborative writing platform working to redefine what it means to write. One user submits a portion of a story, narrative, question or debate, that is called a ‘bit’. Other users have the ability to submit an entry of that they believe should happen next. The entries are then open to the community to cast a vote to determine the best. The winning entry then becomes the next part of the story and that process continues until the project is completed. All submissions that are voted on are anonymous to avoid bias.
  • Bits are chunks of a narrative (story, script, article and/or debate) that cumulatively group together to become a skrawl.
  • Skrawls are a series bits.
  • Pages work as an extension of a user’s profile to house similar topics, themes, stories and discussions. User can use it to serialize their work and build a separate community of people that find interest in that theme, etc. The exclusivity of the page is determined by the administrator and can be updated at any time.

At a glance:

What They Wanted To Do

The purpose of this challenge was to demonstrate the logical next step in publishing: moving from a few publishers and authors to a collaborative storytelling experience between both authors and readers (or fans).

What They Did

The Screenwriters Room Challenge brought together six diverse writers: five Hollywood and one aspiring writer to complete the script, “Unexpectedly”.

What They Accomplished

The challenge allowed amateur writers to experience a writer’s room in real time and collaborate with Hollywood’s writing elite while, proving that collaborative content can produce high quality and commercially viable content in the publishing world.

Skrawl Screenwriters’ Room Case Study

Skrawl’s collaborative online screenwriters’ room enlists six writers and emmy-award winner eric mccormack to create crowdsourced film script.

Screenwriters Challenge

Background

On November 12th, the pre-register stage of the competition began. Skrawl users registered by going to the Screenwriters’ Room landing page and signing up. The system automatically assigned each registered user to one of three “writing rooms”: Yellow room, Magenta room or Blue room. Participants were instructed to submit a 1000-word script (roughly 5-7 pages) on any genre or subject.

A total of 179 people, ranging in age, gender, location and writing style, participated in the competition. The Yellow Room registered 59 participants, Blue Room registered 61 participants and the Magenta Room registered 59 participants. Once the writing deadline closed, the voting process began and received 2,644 votes across all the rooms: The results were as follows:

Mary Krell-Oishi of the Yellow Room: 927 votes
Brea McCoy of the Blue Room: 1,106 votes
Cecilia Lee of the Magenta Room: 611 votes

On December 18th, the final three writers from the writing rooms were chosen. Carl Gottlieb, Honorary Writer in Residence (best known for his screenplay Jaws and its first two sequels, and The Jerk) for the competition, picked the final winner on January 5th. Brea McCoy was chosen as the sixth writer from the Skrawl community.

Carl Gottlieb also presented the premise and logline for the screenplay to launch the writers’ challenge. To foster enthusiasm and help monitor the project’s progress on social media, Skrawl engaged Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Eric McCormack as its celebrity ambassador. McCormack posted regularly on social media to find writers interested in alternative channels for producing good stories for film and TV.

"Have you ever watched a film, or your favorite TV show and wanted a say in how the story ended? Well now you can with Skrawl. Skrawl is a brilliant platform that engages writers and readers in the storytelling process." - Eric McCormack

On January 5th, the writers were provided with Carl Gottlieb’s premise and logline for "Unexpectedly". They were given five days to write a five page (roughly 2-3,000 words) version of what they believed should happen next. The challenge began on January 6th to March 17th to complete a total of 7 bits. The five Hollywood writers: Rob Edwards, Amiira Ruotola, Greg Behrendt, Jenna Laurenzo and Jess Kedward were given a writing period of five days. Readers voted for a period of 4 days, to determine which of the submitted bits would advance the storyline.

-Bit #2: won by Amiira Ruotola (510 votes)
-Bit #3: won by Rob Edwards (475 votes)
-Bit #4: won by Amiira Ruotola (435 votes)
-Bit #5: won by Jenna Laurenzo (493 votes)
-Bit #6: won by Jenna Laurenzo (517 votes)
-Bit #7: won by Amiira Ruotola (546 votes)

"The prevailing thought is the demand for new ideas and storylines is exceeding the industry’s ability to supply it effectively. But Skrawl provides an immediate solution. Connecting writers and fans into the story creation process has endless possibilities." - Carl Gottlieb
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The Challenge

The Screenwriters’ Room Challenge sought to prove Skrawl’s ability to contend with Hollywood’s current process of content creation. The success of the writing challenge was dependent on the writer’s commitment, audience participation and reader support. The result would ultimately decide the direction of the story and the final script’s potential to receiving funding for production.

"Skrawl is brilliant. It’s what the screenwriting world needs badly" - Jess Kedwards

Solution

The Screenwriters’ Room gave thousands of hopeful writers the opportunity to become a part of a project that was unlike what they had seen before. Since the Skrawl community consists of writers of all skill levels, anyone had the chance to contribute to the story and collaborate with Hollywood’s writing elite and celebrities such as, Carl Gottlieb and Eric McCormack.

In regards to the readers of the Skrawl, the project provided the general public with the experience of a writers’ room in real time. Each week, they were exposed to the writers striving to efficiently build on another writer’s previous creation and were given the responsibility of casting their vote on the narrative they liked most.

Over the span of 11 weeks, the six writers had less than 10 days to generate an idea and write a, 2000-word or less, entry to continue the logline started by Carl Gottlieb. They had no prior knowledge of what the other writers would conceptualize for the plot or characters, thus making the challenge unpredictable, challenging and fun.

The key to the success of the challenge was a result of the participation of the readers and the support of the writers’ fan base. However all of the submissions were anonymous to prevent bias and/or favoritism. To spark traffic to the challenge, the writers shared their participation in the project with their social media followings. The result was an influx of readers, likes, comments and retweets. Lastly, the competition sparked the attention of numerous press and social media websites such as PrWeb, Firstwriter.com, 50Wire.com and RobEdwards.net.

Future Plans

Skrawl.com plans to continue to produce writing challenges to help grow a large community of readers and storywriters, while also preparing to enter the publishing and film industry. "Unexpectedly" the short film is projected to go into production in mid-2017 through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Carl Gottlieb will join the production as the head screenwriter and Eric McCormack will take the role as director. To learn more about Skrawl, visit http://skrawl.com/help/writing_tour.

Eric McCormack

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