a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another of which it is an attribute or with which it is associated
In literature, metonymy is a device that calls something not by its name, but by something it's associated with. Grapes instead of Bacchus. Suits instead of businesspeople. At Metonymy Media, we know that today's brands need exceptional content to stand out—and that means associating with exceptional storytellers.
We’ve built our company on the skills and perspectives of creative writers turned professional content marketers. As creatives, we’re uniquely positioned to write in voices that aren’t our own, about subjects we haven’t yet explored, and with the skill to drive readers to understand, feel, and value exactly what our clients intend. As marketers, we embrace the science behind the craft to execute content marketing strategies that inspire, empower, and generate growth. Our clients, then, gain an entire team of empowered and supported creative writers to help them create consistent, genuine, and effective content.
Importantly, it is our philosophy that writers are most successful when working closely with other writers on a team. In such an environment, writers support one another, they sharpen against each other, and they produce stronger, more consistent, and more prolific work. For this reason, we do not hire freelance writers or contract our work out to the lowest bidder. When you work with Metonymy Media, you gain a dedicated team of storytellers with the skills to transform your marketing team into a world-class publisher. Your content becomes one more incredible thing your customers will associate with your already memorable brand.
Creative writers telling your story, helping you grow. That’s Metonymy Media.
We’ve focused on building our creative team exclusively out of writers with an abiding passion for storytelling. Our writers are authors, they’re teachers, and above all else they’re experienced content professionals. By mirroring the group model of advanced creative writing degree programs, we’ve cultivated a professional environment that encourages continued skill development, collaboration, and accountability in creative work.
Founder + CEO
Ryan is a writer and leader with over a decade of experience in content marketing. He's been published on leading industry websites speaking to the power of creative writers as bonafide marketing professionals, and has spoken at conferences and events around the country. Ryan graduated during the last recession with degrees in philosophy and English from the University of Indianapolis with a dream to actually pay the bills with his craft. He serves as the creative director and chief executive of Metonymy Media.
- Before getting into professional writing, Ryan was a guitar instructor.
- Can read and write Latin, and has all but forgotten how to do the same with Koine Greek.
- Was born on a U.S. Air Force station in West Germany.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jay has a passion for growing businesses and non-profit organizations to reach their full potential. His background is in information architecture and communications strategy. Jay consults with corporations all over the globe evaluating and implementing technology solutions and revenue generation. Jay specializes in development, growth, and systematic change implementation. He will challenge you to try things multiple times with slight calibrations.
- Speaks 2 languages proficiently; Spanish and English.
- Led the launch, acquisition, or development of over 200 start-up companies in 15 years.
- Traveled to 28 countries, 50 US States, 4 Territories, and has the goal of one country for every year of life.
Director of Operations
Kaylin has spent her early career developing leaders and the resources they need to succeed. Her master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University in Organizational Psychology has enabled a foundation in system thinking and organizational development. Kaylin’s passion for creating opportunities for people to take their potential to the next level led her to Metonymy Media. Her goal is to create a positive and collaborative environment where employees thrive and clients feel like friends.
- Has traveled to India to serve Dalit caste communities and providing leadership development training.
- Previously led an award winning publishing + communications team.
- Has unrealistic dreams of being a contestant on the hit FOX show Name That Tune.
Senior Content Manager
Amber graduated from DePauw University with a dual bachelor’s in Creative Writing and Philosophy and went on to complete her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Travel Indiana, and the Toad Suck Review, among other publications. Amber has worked as a reviewer for the American Library Association magazine Booklist, a professor of English at Ivy Tech, a freelance reporter, and in many other roles like reception and customer service.
- Favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- Interested in natural history, stretching, and making art from your old magazines
- Still remembers all the US Presidents in order from 4th grade
Senior Content Manager
Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology and a Master of Arts in English from Indiana University - Fort Wayne. Her poetry has appeared in Calibanonline, Confluence, and DIAGRAM, and in 2015 her chapbook, “Third Lung Breathing,” was published by Finishing Line Press. Prior to joining Metonymy Media, Shannon taught writing at IPFW and managed student communication initiatives at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
- Favorite poet: Federico García Lorca
- Her favorite contemporary book series is Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians."
- She is an avid gluten free baker.
Megan is a writer, editor, and storyteller based in Indianapolis. She graduated from IUPUI with a bachelors in English with concentrations in creative writing and writing and literacy. Megan has worked as a writer, editor, fact-checker, and designer for various industries, including publications and higher education. Her work has appeared in Indianapolis Monthly, NUVO, Center Grove magazine, genesis literary magazine, and other publications.
- Megan has two middle names, her initials spell the word mess.
- Her hobbies include baking, reading, and traveling.
- She is a coffee aficionado.
Tamzin is a musician and writer who grew up performing and scribbling poetry from a very young age. They graduated from University of Indianapolis with a degree in Violin Performance and Creative Writing. Tamzin's writing experience has a vast range — from marketing for orchestras, tutoring ESL students, creating content for their secondhand craft supply store, and more.
- Published in Highlights magazine at four years old
- Proud parent to four cats, three goats, three dogs, and one sheep
- Had speech therapy in Kentucky to get rid of a New England accent
Josh completed his Bachelor’s degree in English teaching at the University of Indianapolis. He spent nearly a decade teaching high school English, while working on a collection of poems and his Master’s degree in English. Since, he has worked in content marketing and learning and development roles for a pair of tech companies. He can often be found either in his garden or listening to records with his dog.
He grows blackberries, rhubarb, chard, kale, tomatoes, herbs, and more
His favorite authors include Kurt Vonnegut and Allen Ginsberg
He loves the Indiana Pacers and live music
Clare graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in 2019. Before joining Metonymy Media, Clare worked in various fields - including social media and brand management, academic engagement, and mentoring in higher education. Clare is also an avid photographer and dabbles in graphic design. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and painting.
- Clare has a cat named Crumb who refuses to leave her lap.
- Her favorite books are Slaughterhouse Five and The Anthropocene Reviewed.
- Clare is a movie aficionado - her favorite directors are Taika Waititi, Guillermo del Toro, and Peter Jackson.
HR, Staff Writer Emeritus
Ernest Hemingway got his start as a writer for the Kansas City Star before enlisting as an ambulance driver on the Italian front of the Great War. It was there that he picked up his trademark cynicism and understated style, and his experiences in Italy served as the inspiration for his famous work, A Farewell to Arms. Around the Metonymy offices, Ernest (or Papa, as we all lovingly call him) keeps the rest of the staff in check with his no-nonsense approach to writing.
- Interests include six-toed cats, rum, and divorce
- Never earned a college degree
- Isn’t actually alive anymore
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