Dila Toplusoy

Freelance Writer, Storyteller, Researcher

Istanbul, Turkey
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About me

Creative thinker and intuitive feeler, who considers the latter her superpower. First-class honours graduate in Media and Cultural Studies from University of the Arts London, with strong skills in creative and non-fiction writing, storytelling, editing, proofreading, translation and research. My deepest passion lies in writing fiction and exploring the art of storytelling. Most of my writing revolves around the themes of our shared human experience and inner/outer relationships, mindful and compassionate living, modern and contemporary art and culture, as well as current social issues. As a driven, adaptable and inquisitive freelancer, I'm currently looking to expand my writing portfolio and am always open to new creative collaborations with inspiring people/organisations. I'm also passionate about volunteering for non-profit organizations/charitable causes - feel free to reach out!

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  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Proofreading
  • Communications
  • Content Translation
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing
  • Writing Poetry
  • Academic Writing
  • Article Writing
  • Content Writing
  • Critical Writing
  • Turkish
  • French
  • Media
  • Media Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Projects
  • Critical Analysis
  • Website Content
  • Social Media
  • Social Media Management

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Art Night

    Art Night

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      Zorlu Performing Arts Center

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        Work history


        Membership Representative


        Feb 2020 - Feb 2020
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Part Time
        • - Responsible for the promotion and sales of the membership program - Carrying out the membership procedures in a timely and efficient manner, using ERP software Logo Tiger3, CRM software Salesforce, and the ticketing system created by KocSistem - Liaising with other departments concerning issues related to the program - Providing support with administrative and customer service duties - Conducting online research, gathering relevant data, preparing reports and documents related to the program - Maintaining member relations - Informing, orientating and assisting museum visitors


        Community Lead


        Mar 2019 - May 2019
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Full Time
        • - Managing the organization's social media accounts across all platforms. Developing effective strategies, planning weekly content and creating daily social media posts, both in English and Turkish - Managing the website and working closely with the website designer in order to ensure a smooth user experience. Generating Turkish/English website content and blog posts - American Arts Incubator (AAI) Turkey 2019 creative exchange program assistant & translator (verbal & written) - Maintaining member relations - Regularly taking part in meetings and discussions with senior staff, recording and circulating meeting minutes - Conducting extensive research for current and upcoming projects, preparing Turkish/English presentations, research reports and other essential project documents - Translating content from English to Turkish and vice versa - Generating ideas for promotional content, social media ads, e-invitations, posters etc. Briefing and working closely with the graphic designer, overseeing and reviewing their work - Working closely with Project Writers and providing support with grant proposals, both in English and Turkish - Assisting with the organization, planning and implementation of events, workshops, seminars, talks, such as InogarArt Community Dialogues and InogarArt Magazine Conversations. Developing new event ideas - Providing comprehensive administrative and facilities support - Liaising with other organizations' representatives, partners and potential collaborators, event participants, other external contacts and maintaining correspondence with them


        Gallery Assistant

        Pilevneli Gallery

        Jan 2019 - Jan 2019
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Part Time
        • - Providing general administrative and visitor service support - Assisting with the smooth running and general maintenance of the gallery - Staffing the front desk, welcoming and orientating visitors, handling phone traffic and answering enquiries - Monitoring the gallery spaces and keeping the artwork safe - Working closely on the upcoming website of the gallery through the galleryManager software


        Social Media Researcher


        Oct 2018 - Nov 2018
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Part Time
        • - Worked project-based - Conducted extensive online and field research - Interviewed numerous senior arts professionals and prepared an over 100 pages report on the ways in which arts and culture organizations utilise social media platforms


        Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Internship
        • - Created weekly content plans and schedules for Istanbul '74's and one of their primary clients' Instagram accounts - Assisted with the overall social media strategies - Actively participated in the '74 Post Office exhibition, organized with the aim of raising funds for Maya Foundation's Project Lift through the sales of '74 Postcards. - Helped set up the exhibition, prepared hundreds of postcard boxes of different sizes, took part at the Tomtom Kirmizi shopping festival and assisted with the sales of the postcards - Worked at Tohum Autism Foundation's annual charity Christmas sale and represented Delfina Delettrez Fendi's jewelry collection. - Worked closely on and provided assistance with a museum shop curation project. Provided in-depth research, prepared numerous documents and sheets with the necessary information, liaised with the representatives of different brands taking part in the project - Conducted extensive daily research and prepared articles, summaries, reports related to arts and culture news and events taking place in different parts of the world - Developed content ideas for the V Paper (Vakkorama Paper) website



        Art Night

        Jun 2017 - Jun 2017
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Internship
        • - Worked primarily on Melanie Manchot's commission 'Dance (All Night, London)’, while also helping with the setting up and organisation phase of the festival as a whole. - Took part in team meetings, dress rehearsals and trainings for Manchot's project - Prepared, edited and revised documents such as contact sheets and playlists - Helped organise and prepare the venue for the project - Guided one of the 10 main dance groups during their procession through a predetermined route


        Corporate Communications Intern

        Zorlu Performing Arts Center

        Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Internship
        • - Interned in the Corporate Communications department - Provided daily summaries of the latest arts and culture news - Translated and edited content from Turkish to English, and vice versa - Made contact with other companies' representatives and conducted research in order to obtain the required information - Prepared an extensive report on the status of arts and culture in different areas and provinces of Turkey



        Certificate in Art Business

        Sotheby's Institute of Art

        Jan 2018 - May 2018
        • London, United Kingdom
        • The programme combines academic study with an insight into art and the professional art world, and is validated by The University of Manchester, one of the UK’s leading universities.


        BA Media and Cultural Studies

        University of The Arts London (UAL)

        Aug 2014 - May 2017
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Year 1 units: Introduction to Study in Higher Education / Media, Communications & Culture /Media & Cultural Texts & Contexts / Applied Studies 1: Media Practice Year 2 units: Researching Media & Cultural Economies / Media, Technology & Interactivity /Collaborative Project / Travelling Cultures /Applied Studies 2: Media Practice 2/Work-Based Learning Year 3 units: Contemporary Media Practices / Global Media & Culture: Case Studies/ Applied Studies III: Critical Practioner /Major Project Dissertation : Museum-Visitor Relationships and Social Network Sites : A Case Study From Turkey - First Class (A)


        Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
        • New York, United States
        • Painting Course


        Sep 2009 - Jun 2014
        • Istanbul, Turkey
        • Diploma equivalent of French Baccalaureate DELF B2 Certificate