If I had to describe myself with one word it would be artist - a visual artist and an artist with words. My artwork is included in Ohio Online Visual Arts Registry. I'm working with various galleries in the Midwest to promote my oil paintings and abstract light photography.


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Becky Linhardt

Making each word work for you!

 TRAVEL WRITING – Becky Linhardt, MTWA

A member of Midwest Travel Writers Association (name change to Midwest Travel Journalists Association in 2017) since 2003, my travel writing has earned prestigious Mark Twain Awards, most recently in 2011 – Second Place, Short Copy. Since 1999 my specialty has been regional travel in the Midwest, specifically the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and nearby West Virginia and Tennessee. In the resume section below you will find links to a variety of recent stories.

STATE At the May 19, 2012 semi-annual meeting of the NFPW/Ohio Professional Writers in Columbus, Ohio awards were presented to the winners of their annual writing competition. I received FIRST PLACE – Specialty Articles, Travel. 

NATIONAL As a First Place award winner for the state of Ohio my submission was forwarded to the NFPW national competition where it won THIRD PLACE – Specialty Articles, Travel to be awarded at the September convention of NFPW in Scottsdale, AZ.

“Assignments that I have given to Becky have been well-written and on time, often submitted before the given deadline.”   Sarah Williamson, Editor, Over the Back Fence Magazine

2017 UPDATE:

In recent years, newspapers and even magazines have cut back or eliminated their travel sections. I continue to write for Long Weekends, Group Tour Magazine, and occasionally Buckeye Power’s Country Living. However, I have been doing more work within the visual arts community – have a studio at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center and exhibit and sell my photographs and paintings regionally. My newest adventure was participating as an extra for a film being produced here in Cincinnati. I am semi-retired and life is good.

LECTURES & SEMINARS – Becky Linhardt: Artist/Photogrpher/Writer/Designer

Assorted topics including travel, art, interior design, business practices, problem solving, motivational, etc.


Educated in communications and the visual arts, I find that I work/design with words. I am a successfully published writer with experience in the travel and leisure markets and an interest in a variety of other business areas.  My writing projects are organized, easy to read, and communicate effectively – clever and fun, too when appropriate to the project.


Solid Writing ………..Making Each Word Work!

Clear and simple words that work for your project may be all that you need.  I can provide good copy to effectively communicate your unique message.


Sometimes you need copy that is a bit unconventional. I can draw upon my many years in marketing, writing and a variety of life experiences to help find that unique or catchy word or phrase that works even better.


As a freelance writer I can offer you good writing at a good price.  I may not have all of the resources of a big agency but I may have just the right services for your project.


You can count on me to give you my best work as a writer, to be honest about my abilities, and to meet your deadlines.

That’s just the way I work – always!


2017 UPDATE:

Long Weekends continues as a semi-annual supplement to Ohio Magazine, sleeved with April and September issues. GLP has moved from archiving on their web site to providing access to an app platform that can be found through links at www.long-weekends.com. I have had an article with byline in every print  issue since 2009.

For Great Lakes Custom Printing, I wrote the Southwest Ohio section for the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide.

Assignments from Group Tour Magazine have been numerous though my byline may not appear on all articles.

I continue to receive some assignments from Buckeye Power’s Country Living.

As a volunteer I edit the monthly Midwest Travel Journalists Association members’ MTJA e-Newsletter.


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication)January 2014

            Mad River Mountain and Polar Frontier - online

Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) - December 2013

           One Dickens of a dinner in print p. 23 and Online Extras: Gingerbread giants and Lebanon: Ohio’s perfect ‘Christmas town’


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication)November 2013

         Behind the Scenes at KitchenAid – Greenville, OH (note: page 42 in print; page 52 online)


Long Weekends – Fall/Winter 2013

         Distant Past: Henderson Hall – near Parkersburg, WV


        Bike to Flight: Miami Valley Bike Trail – Dayton, OH


         Joy of Cooking: Culinary School at the Blennerhassett Hotel – Parkersburg, WV


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) - August 2013

         Nature Month on Kelleys Island – online extra – page 24I


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) – July 2013

Bicentennial without the brouhaha: Kelleys Island – Battle of Lake Erie events – page 26 print; page 34 online


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) - June 2013

West Virginia stories from the past- online extra – pages 24/25 online


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) - May 2013

Happy Birthday West Virginia! pages 32/33 print and online; A Family Divided – online page 26


Long Weekends – Spring Summer 2013

Water and Woodlands: The Parklands – Louisville, Kentucky – Outdoor Adventure


Cincinnati Magazine – April 2013

Inside Information: Tod Swormstadt - American Sign Museum

Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) - February 2013

Deliciously Yours: Goumas Candyland – pages 30-31 print and online


Long Weekends - Fall/Winter 2012

           Fun with Four Wheels


          Fall Foliage on the River


Cincinnati MagazineMay 2012

Inside Information - Theater Captain: Tim Perrino

Long Weekends – Spring/Summer 2012

Just Zipping By  Mega Cavern, Louisville, KY


Tooting Their Own Horns  Great American Brass Band Festival – Danville, KY


      Double Dose of Fun – Point Pleasant, WV


The Cincinnati Enquirer  Although I had been a regular contributing writer to the Cincinnati Enquirer (1999-2011 with 20-28 stories published each year), the Gannett IT systems only archived stories for 60-90 days. In 2011 the Cincinnati Enquirer began to use mostly wire service travel stories. Only two of my travel stories were published that year and in July the Enquirer discontinued publishing travel stories. Now archived articles can only be accessed for a fee.

Ohio Magazine – October 2011

     Homage to the Past


Long Weekends – Fall/Winter 2011

Bear-ing the Cold


     A Treasure Trove


     Bike to Basics


     Think Inside the Box


Country Living (Buckeye Power Publication) – September 2011

Savor the Flavors of Ohio’s Small College Towns


Long Weekends - Spring/Summer 2011

      Wildlife Watch


     Great Grains


Long Weekends – Fall/Winter 2010

     Outdoor Adventures: Nature on Kelleys Island


      Family Fun: Polar Frontier at the Columbus Zoo


Over the Back FenceFall 2010

     Blennerhassett Island

http://www.backfencemagazine.com/Main/Home.aspx   see pages 16-19

Long Weekends – Spring/Summer 2010

    Underground Secrets - Mega Cavern – Louisville, KY


    Oswald’s Bear Ranch – Newberry, MI (Upper Peninsula)


      Elk & Bison Prairie – Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky


      Falls of the Ohio – Clarksville, Indiana


Country Living (Buckeye Power) - June 2010 

     Fast Cars and Family Fun


Ohio MagazineMay 2009

     Music in the Night – Cincinnati


Ohio Magazine - July 2009

 Choose Your Getaway


 RESUME: Becky Linhardt, Writer

Freelance Writing

 BookKelleys Island: An Island for all Seasons, Kelleys Cove Press, 1995

 NewspaperThe Cincinnati Enquirer, contributing travel writer 1999-2011 (Travel Section discontinued)

MagazinesOhio Magazine, Long Weekends, Over the Back Fence, Country Living: Official publication of your Electric Cooperative, Midwest Foodservice News, Columbus Art, and AirFare: The Magazine of the WOSU Stations

Professional Marketing

Direct Sales, plus some catalog/advertising work – Blank Enterprises, Inc. - 13+ years

Retail Sales/Management – New World Bookshop – 2+ years

Home Fashion Marketing/Coordination – Lazarus/Macy’s – 1 ½ years

Corporate Business World

 ONESCO/Securities Principal 1998-2008: Ohio National Financial Services 11+ yrs. 

 Event Coordination Volunteer

DooDah Parade – “UnOrganizer” – 8 years, annual Columbus, Ohio July 4th event

Reynoldsburg Municipal Building Art Gallery – 2+ years – Curator/Manager/PR

Public RelationsVolunteer 

Artreach – Columbus, Ohio – 3+ years

 Education: University of Cincinnati:  BS Design, Interiors

Professional Memberships:  Midwest Travel Writers Association 2003-present


Publications listed above plus:

Miles Media Group, LLLP – Sarasota, FL

Sally K Palaian, Ph.D. – Bingham Farms, MI

        As a travel writer it is my responsibility to select the best places, events, and experiences to present to you. Most travel has been on my own though some has occurred on sponsored press trips. Travel listings here will be more informal than my published articles.


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