Writing

As a lawyer turned comic/writer/storyteller, my background enables me to bring extraordinary focus, discipline and creativity to every project – be it on the page, stage or video. Communication skills tested and perfected in front of live audiences…

Cross platform writing work covers all media: scripts for live world-class events or documentaries; story driven articles for a high profile educational nonprofit network; web content and production work for a health and wellness site; copywriting for tech and financial services companies; fundraising letters; advertising copy and editorial work; SEO articles and a real estate pitch packet. For samples, just click on select links below or go to gailthomas.contently.com for the latest!!

SPEECHWRITER. I’ve scripted over 30 LIVE EVENTS from awards shows, gala benefits to corporate conferences; crafting inspirational speeches and banter designed to entertain, motivate and educate. With clients such as the Tribeca Film Festival, Gotham Awards and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, my words have come out of the mouths of CEOs and celebrities like Martin Scorsese, Vera Wang and Kevin Spacey. Check out Fred Willard’s opening speech at the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising GALA.

CONTENT WRITER AND STRATEGIST.  For Veria Living, a health and wellness website, I worked with everyone, from the digital to the marketing department. Applying SEO principles, I wrote headlines, metadata, articles, as well as crafting content for their vendor signup page. On the media side, I helped develop an award winning web comedy series. Playful, conversational language comes easy, just read what I wrote for a life style websiteResolutionguru.

I also took many pages of very technical information and created a user friendly how-it-works page for an artificial intelligence website.  Other project include web copy for a financial services website, a pitch package for a NYC real estate investor and numerous gigs as a copyeditor and writer for large advertising agencies and direct marketing firms…

SCRIPTS. I wrote the documentary feature which launched Al Jezeera America, a major news channel. I’ve also developed animated shows, sitcoms, fake news, screenplays and treatments. For a few laughs, watch short comedy My BFF, shot with a loose script and lots of improvisation.

CREATIVE NONFICTION and PUBLICATIONS. I’ve written and published essays and articles.  The Villager, a NYC (Greenwich Village) paper published my piece We Cheer describing my neighborhood’s coming together following the tragedy of 911.  I wrote a humor column for Business Woman magazine.  

FUNDRAISING work is always rewarding, check out this sample fundraising letter for Shining Hope or this other letter.

STORYTELLING. I’m a Moth StorySLAM winner and have performed with RISK!, The Liar Show and a number of NYC storytelling shows. See storytelling work on my youtube page for Blinkfast Productions.

Variety keeps everything fresh. If you’re searching for your voice, stop – just call me. We’ll say what needs to be said and have a good time.