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Ben Durham


B2B | Education Writer | Technical Writer

About Me

Experienced freelance writer and consultant specializing in SEO, SMO, blog posts, and copy. My focus niches include education (robotics, computer science, and physics), engineering, and technology. I also run my own blog, grumpygrape.com. I am happy to take on all types of work and can write in a tone suitable for any audience. Most days I am working on assignments that require copywriting, fiction writing, marketing, or product reviews. I am also an expert grant writer. I am available for journalism, whitepapers and technical writing in addition to everything else I have mentioned. Thanks to my background in teaching, I am excellent at hitting tight deadlines and communicating with my client to ensure high-quality work that meets every expectation.

My background experiences are what set me apart from other writers by allowing me to connect to a wider range of audience than your average freelancer. I have been on archeological digs, achieved certification in primate handling and zoological disease prevention, performed as a drummer in Chicago's 90's punk revival, and enjoyed researching plasma physics at UW-Madison. For a while, I even pursued ASE certification and worked as an auto mechanic.

Most of my work experience is in education and extends back 14 years. I have taught courses in environmental science, ecology, robotics, and all levels of physics. Curriculum writing and design were also regular features of my job and I have created many courses for Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Clients of mine include manufacturing companies such as Tencom Ltd., and retailers like High Point Scientific. I have received over $100K in corporate and community grants from such organizations as Google, J.C. Penney, IDEX, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I am a member of the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) and the Chicago Writers Association.

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Education Management

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My Writing Samples

Gentelman or Genetics: the Science Behind the Infidelity Gene

Allele 334 and it's connection to male infidelity.


You Neanderthal! Traits You Share With Our Primitive Cousins

Written for Genetics Illustrated's website, this article looks at the alleles passed down to modern humans from the days where we mingled with ancient hominins.


Pultrusion vs Extrusion: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

An article written for an nDash client about the advantages of pultrusion over extrusion for their company.


5 Automotive Tech Features We Want to See in 2020

The 2020 line of vehicles is set to hit the market in just a few months. What are the most anticipated tech features of the upcoming year?


Writing in the Subjunctive

An article on writing in the subjunctive voice for an education/e-learning company


All About That Base: 21 Easy Meal Starters that Can Be Made Vegan or Omni

A blog post about meal starters for people who are sharing meals with others who have different dietary preferences.


Sample Press Release

Written to announce the startup of a new lifestyle blog.


Arizona's Naki Soul Breathers

Article about the end of life practices of the Naki Tribe in Arizona.


The Vegan South

Part 1 in a series of articles exploring unexpected vegan options at traditional restaurants in three major southern cities.


Breaking Down the Telescope: A Buyer's Guide to Stargazing

Written for a client, this is an educational article that describes everything you need to know before buying your first telescope.


The Vegan South Pt 2- Savannah, GA

Part 2 in a series of articles exploring vegan options in the south. This time we look at Fox and Fig restaurant in Savannah, GA.


You Can't Breathe This Air

A short story about the unsatisfying career of a police officer from Angelo, Texas.



Freelance Writer

Member of the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) and the Chicago Writer's Association. I write articles, blog posts, press releases, and technical papers. Clients include Tencom Ltd., High Point Scientific, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Content I Write


Highly Recommended!

A pleasure to work with and would absolutely hire Ben again.

Jeff Solin, Solin Systems Consulting

Professionally handled and responsive

Ben wrote an article for my purposes about the evolution of the martini as drink and concept. It was clever, precise, and prompt. Recommended for reliability, responsiveness, and quality of copy.

Andrew Kiefer, Independent Spirits, Inc.

Very Professional!

Ben was great to work with! Very professional, prompt and he did great work. He was able to use the tone I wanted for my blog and did excellent background research. I can't recommend him highly enough!

Erin McMahon, Chicago Public Schools