About

Writing, for me, is a process
of growth,
of self-discovery
or recovery.
A reminder to keep an open mind,
but most of all, an opportunity to change a life.
— An excerpt from my poem, "About Writers"

Hi! I’m Erielle Samantha Tolentino, but you can call me Elle. Welcome to my online writing portfolio! As a California State University, East Bay graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Creative Writing), I find myself brainstorming and people-watching in quiet little coffee shops around the San Francisco Bay Area by day, and writing, reading, or gaming by night. Throw in coaching little ones in tennis, photographing, catching flicks with the family, or going to concerts with friends, and you get a little glimpse into my life away from pen and paper. If you like what you read, please connect with me! Let’s write something that can change a life.

 

 

Résumé

KNOWLEDGE:
Adobe Lightroom
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Customer Service
Leadership
Memorizing Music Lyrics
Microsoft Office
Photography
Quoting Movies
Research
Social Media
Story Editing
Time Management
Wordpress

EXPERIENCE:
2015 - Present: Wordpress Blogger
EST. AT 3A.M.: Create and actively maintain personal website while also editing, writing, and researching topics for publication. Through this site, I have been able to discover my voice as a writer and showcase topic versatility.

November 2013 - Present: Social Media Manager
ToriKellyUpdate: Oldest and largest fan update account on Twitter for two-time Grammy-award winning artist, Tori Kelly. I, along with two friends, manage both Twitter and Instagram pages to promote artist Tori Kelly and maintain a cumulative following of over 14,000. Through this page, I have had the opportunity to write and be interviewed by WizRadio for their Tori Kelly tribute show.

April 2016 - January 2019: Bkstg Application
Street Team: Bkstg was a mobile application which gave musicians and fans an opportunity to get closer. I was among the few chosen to participate in their Street Team, where I provided feedback and improved in-app experiences from a fan’s perspective. In addition, I assisted in running fan-meet ups at local concerts in which I devised trivia questions and ice-breaker games to offer a friendly environment at concerts.

2011 - Present: Personal
Arora Tennis & Fitness, Top Spin Tennis Academy, Five Guys Burgers & Fries: While going to college and building my brand as a writer, I have been fortunate enough to work with different companies to build interpersonal skills. I am currently working as a part-time tennis coach through the cities of Dublin and San Ramon.

EDUCATION:
June 2016
BA English (Creative Writing Option)
California State University, East Bay
Hayward, CA

HONORS:
2019
KurrentMusic.com - Featured Contributor

2016
CSUEB Juried Art Show - Selected to Exhibit