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At What Point is Past Work Embarrassing to Include?

Hi! I am shifting from adjunct writing teaching to freelance writing, editing, and proofing. I want to put together an online portfolio, but I am not sure what to include.

My first job was as a music reviewer for a fairly large paper’s teen section. From 15 to 17, I was published 2-3x a month (plus, I got to review a Kris Kross concert and My So-Called Life).

Is including 20 year old work sad? It feels like I should have enough present clippings, but I have been working in academia and don’t have another 2 years worth of writing from that. I am not putting graded student work in a portfolio.



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