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Chicago freelance writer for hire. Freelancer. Copywriter. Technical writer. Vegan blogger. Blogger. Journalist. Article writer. SEO. B2B. Ben Durham. Benjamin Durham. B.A. Durham. badurham. writers. Chicago writers. 


Freelance writer and content strategist specializing in SEO, blog posts, articles, technical writing and more. My niches include luxury writing, science writing (engineering, robotics, and physics), and vegan-lifestyle. I run my own vegan blog, grumpygrape.com, and I am the primary blogger for DIY-Robotics.com.


I am happy to take on all types of work and can write in a tone suitable for any audience. I am available for journalism, whitepapers and technical writing in addition to everything mentioned above. Thanks to my background in education, I am adept at communicating with my client and the audience 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 audiences than your average freelancer. I have been on archeological digs, achieved certification in primate handling, 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 proud member of the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) and I am honored to serve as an auxiliary member on the Board of Directors. I am also a member of the Chicago Writers Association.


Erin McMahon, founder of SavoryFork.com

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!

Andrew Kiefer, Independent Spirits, Inc. 

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.

Jeff Solin, Solin Systems Consulting

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