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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.

Megan Kensington

Megan Kensington

Director of Educator Innovation

Megan's passion has always been in exploring innovative teaching and learning practices, which led her to BoomWriter after four years of teaching high school English and interdisciplinary studies courses. She now uses her perspective as an educator to inform development of programs, products, and resources to support innovation in the classroom and at BoomWriter.

Megan graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.A. in English & Secondary Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. She also holds a Massachusetts Professional Educator License and a M.Ed. from Lesley University in Educational/Instructional Technology.

Case Studies:

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At a glance:

What They Wanted To Do

Increase student engagement and participation through collaboration amongst classmates and the integration of technology

What They Did

Dr. Anamika Ghoshal and her “Writing for Criminology” students used collaborative platform Skrawl to create six discussion projects on topics and themes introduced in the seminar

What They Accomplished

Inclusion of new technology and collaborative approach to writing increased students’ participation throughout the semester by 247 percent and provided students with a new opportunity to review the curriculum

Stonehill College professor uses new collaborative writing platform Skrawl to increase criminology students’ engagement

Background

Private, Roman Catholic, and liberal arts school, Stonehill College serves 2,400 students and 164 full-time faculty, offering over 80 academic programs in the humanities, sciences, business, education, and pre-professional advising programs. The College’s business program has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), amongst only 42 at undergraduate institutions worldwide. The average freshman retention rate at Stonehill is 88 percent, with the College’s graduation rate at 77 percent. Ranked by The Princeton Review as one of "The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition", Stonehill’s educational approach blends nationally recognized experiential learning with challenging courses to foster critical analysis and creative thinking.

Challenge

In Stonehill College’s Sociology & Criminology Department, the undergraduate Criminology program provides students with "knowledge in the theory and practice of the social sciences, research methodology, and law." In the Spring of 2016, Assistant Professor of Criminology Dr. Anamika Ghoshal sought to increase her students’ engagement levels through collaboration and introduce new technology for her seminar "Writing for Criminology: Crimes of the Powerful". Dr. Ghoshal needed a platform that would not only be interactive and collaborative for students, but that allowed her to track individual participation and assess her students’ understanding of key lessons. Most importantly, Dr. Ghoshal needed resources to be easy to use for students as well as herself, cost-effective, and flexible to work within the course syllabus.

Stonehill College Students

Solution

After researching various tools, websites, and options, such as creating a class blog for discussion, Dr. Ghoshal concluded that competitive, collaborative writing website Skrawl would be the best fit for her class and her needs as a professor. Skrawl’s platform makes traditional writing more social by having users start a portion—or "bit"—of a story, idea, or discussion and then users can open their work for collaboration, either with a select group of friends or the Skrawl community as a whole. All participating writers then submit their entries for what they think should happen next, and then everyone votes on the anonymous submissions to select the best next bit. This process continues until the "skrawl" is completed, and members of the Skrawl community have the ability to read along as the project develops. Skrawl also provides users with the opportunity to conduct this collaborative writing process on a smaller scale through Skrawl’s Writing Room. The Writing Room allows a user to create skrawls and projects in a closed, private environment with only their invited collaborators. The Writing Room creator is also provided with admin access and key features, such as the ability to see user participation and provide feedback.

Collaborative Competition Increases Writing Participation

Dr. Ghoshal created her class’s Writing Room, "CRM 400a: Crimes of the Powerful Spring 2016", and then invited all her students to register on Skrawl and join the Room. Over the course of the semester, Dr. Ghoshal and her students created six skrawls, where Dr. Ghoshal wrote Bit 1, posing a question or observation from the syllabus reading for students to respond and reflect on in the following bits. Students had five days to write and submit their entries before the three day voting period would begin, where students read over the submissions of their classmates and chose the entry they felt best answered Dr. Ghoshal’s points from Bit 1.

Throughout their semester the "Writing for Criminology" class of sixteen’s participation increased by 247 percent on Skrawl, from 17 recorded votes on "Skrawl 1: Definitions" to 59 recorded votes on “"Skrawl 6: Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide”, with a peak of 65 recorded votes for “Skrawl 4: International Criminal Justice". Students logged longer time on site as well as utilized their ability to read more entries and cast multiple votes, demonstrating students’ increased levels of engagement in the subject matter and the furthering of their comprehension of the curriculum through the thoughts and ideas of their peers.

Future Plans

Dr. Anamika Ghoshal gathered very positive results from her "Writing for Criminology" seminar’s use of Skrawl’s Writing Room. The inclusion of interactive technology and collaboration amongst classmates greatly increased student engagement and provided a new opportunity for students to review the curriculum being taught. Also, Skrawl’s unique voting process added a slight competitive edge that further incentivised students’ participation to write, not only the best piece they could produce for the analysis of their professor, but for the review of their peers as well. Dr. Ghoshal plans to continue using Skrawl’s Writing Room with future classes and will present the platform to colleagues to use with their own students in the upcoming fall semester.


At a glance:

What They Wanted To Do

Demonstrate Skrawl’s ability to produce high-quality, commercially viable content across varying levels of writing experience through its unique, anonymous collaborative platform

What They Did

Brought together six writers, five established Hollywood writers and one writer chosen from the Skrawl community, for the Screenwriters Room Challenge, with the first bit written by Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb

What They Accomplished

Created the collaborative screenplay "Unexpectedly", providing the Skrawl community with the experience of a celebrity writers room in real time, as well as the ability to share their creative voice and help evolve the screenplay in the process

Collaborative writing platform Skrawl creates crowdsourced screenplay featuring Jaws screenwriter, Will & Grace Emmy Winner

Screenwriters Challenge

Background

Skrawl, a unique, competitive writing website from BoomWriter Media, Inc., makes traditional writing more social by having users start a portion—or "bit"—of a story, idea, or discussion and then users can open their work for collaboration, either with a select group of friends or the Skrawl community as a whole. All participating writers then submit their entries for what they think should happen next, and then everyone votes on the anonymous submissions to select the best next bit. This process continues until the "skrawl" is completed, and members of the Skrawl community have the ability to read along as the project develops.

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The Challenge

In the Fall of 2015 Skrawl sought to demonstrate its ability to, not only create high-quality content amongst its users, but to produce quality writing across varying levels of experience by bringing together six writers, five established Hollywood writers and one writer chosen from the Skrawl community, to collaborate on a screenplay, with the first bit written by Skrawl’s Honorary Writer in Residence, Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. The Screenwriters Room Challenge would establish the effectiveness of competitive and collaborative storytelling in producing successful, quality content through Skrawl’s unique audience participation and anonymous crowdsourcing platform.

The Screenwriters Room Challenge began first with the quest to find the sixth writer from Skrawl’s community, from which Gottlieb would select from three finalists. Participating Skrawl users were randomly assigned into one of three separate writing rooms—Yellow, Magenta, or Blue—and invited to submit a 1000 word script on any genre or subject of their choosing. The Skrawl community then voted to determine the winner from each room. Out of hundreds of entries and thousands of votes, the finalists were chosen: Mary Krell-Oishi of the Yellow Room, Brea McCoy of the Blue Room, and Cecilia Lee of the Magenta Room. Honorary Writer in Residence Carl Gottlieb, chose Skrawl user Brea McCoy as the sixth writer for the Screenwriters Room Challenge.

Solution

Honorary Writer in Residence Carl Gottlieb provided the six writers—Rob Edwards, Amiira Ruotola, Greg Behrendt, Jenna Laurenzo, Jess Kedward, and Skrawl’s Brea McCoy—with Bit 1 and the log line for the screenplay "Unexpectedly": A couple, Mel and Cherie, are standing in the neatly trimmed yard. There's a hole freshly dug in the dirt, and a shabby bundle next to it. Mel is leaning on a long-handled shovel, Cherie is looking into the hole. In addition to Gottlieb and the fellow Hollywood writers, Skrawl enlisted producer and Emmy Award-winning Will & Grace actor Eric McCormack as Celebrity Ambassador for the Screenwriters Room Challenge. As Skrawl’s Celebrity Ambassador, McCormack promoted the unique screenwriting challenge across various social media platforms, engaging new readers and future writers with the story.

"Have you ever watched a film, or your favorite TV show, and wanted to have 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, Emmy Award winning actor, Skrawl Celebrity Ambassador

The Screenwriters were given five days to write roughly 2000 words on what they each believed should happen next in the story, and readers had a period of four days to cast their votes to help determine which of the submitted bits would advance the screenplay. Over the course of 12 weeks, the six writers competed to complete a total of seven bits, creating the collaborative screenplay, "Unexpectedly".

"Skrawl is brilliant. It’s what the screenwriting world needs badly"
- Jess Kedwards, TV and film writer, Screenwriters Room Challenge contributor

Anonymous Competition Creates Writing Opportunity for All Skill Levels

Skrawl’s community consists of writers of all skill levels, and with its unique, anonymous voting process, all participants had the opportunity to be a part of "Unexpectedly". Users also had the rare chance to collaborate with professional, Hollywood screenwriters and interact with celebrities from favorite movies and TV shows such as, Carl Gottlieb and Eric McCormack. For the readers of Skrawl, "Unexpectedly" provided the experience of a writers room in real time, as they witnessed the evolution of the story bit by bit. Readers were able to become a part of the process as well, by casting their vote on the bit they felt best forwarded the plot. With writers and readers alike having no prior knowledge of what the others would conceptualize, the Screenwriters Room Challenge was unpredictable, challenging, and fun for all involved.

"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 to the story-creation process has endless possibilities"
- Carl Gottlieb, Jaws screenwriter, Skrawl’s Honorary Writer in Residence

Future Plans

Skrawl’s engaging and interactive platform for both writers and readers demonstrates that collaborative content can produce high-quality and commercially viable stories in the screenwriting world. Skrawl plans to continue producing writing challenges, engaging new communities of readers and writers, while also preparing to enter the publishing and film industry with the Screenwriters Room Challenge’s "Unexpectedly". The short film is projected to go into production in mid-2017 through a crowdfunding campaign, and Carl Gottlieb is expected to join the production as head screenwriter, with Eric McCormack as director.

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