Freelance Writer Profile

Arts & Leisure Writer

Name: Michael C. Upton

Type of Writer: Magazine Writer / Feature Writer / Journalist

Location: United States

Rate Type: per article (or blog post)

Average / Typical Rate: $100 - 250

My Website / Portfolio:

Profile Summary

Michael C. Upton works as a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure, and travel writing. He is actively published by trade journals, specialized websites, and regional and national magazines. Upton lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania—in the heart of Amish Country—with his wife Mel and youngest son Teagan. Chef Tyler, his oldest son, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and his daughter Halligan studies theatre and film at Temple University.

Specializing in:
Travel writing
Personal profiles
General interest features

Experience / Education / Qualifications

Writing Credits

Current Publications – travel features
Lancaster County Magazine – feature stories, entertainment/local travel column
Pennsylvania Magazine – feature stories
Virginia Living – feature stories, news
AllWays Traveller – travel accommodation features including Sensational Stays column
Extended Weekend Getaways– travel features (July ’23)

Current Journalism & Newspaper Columns
The Ephrata Review (Ephrata, PA) – beer columnist, movie & theater reviews, features
Lititz Record-Express (Lititz, PA) – beer columnist, movie columnist, features
The Elizabethtown Advocate (Elizabethtown, PA) – beer columnist, movie columnist

Past Publications
Revelo – co-founding author, personal profiles / Philadelphia Medicine – features / Recreation News – travel features FLY magazine/Fly After 5 – food features, restaurant and bar reviews / Fine Living Lancaster – interviews, feature stories / Fine Financial – feature stories / Philly Beer Scene – travel feature / BusinessWoman magazine – feature stories / She Spot & Local Living Woman – personal profiles / Lancaster County Woman – personal and business profiles / Local Living – feature stories / b magazine – feature stories / The Good Life – restaurant reviews, feature stories / Beer magazine – feature story / Home Business Connection – interviews / At Home magazine – feature stories / Craft Business Daily – event coverage / Taysted – feature stories / DrinkWire – contributor / Around Town in 80 Beers – contributor / Sea Level – feature stories / Beer Universe – staff writer / – contributor (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Washington D.C.) / Demand Studios – contributor (;

Past Journalism & Newspaper Columns
MeadiaNews Group – Sunday Money/Business Weekly, Special Sections, Weekend / LNP Sunday magazine – features / Lancaster Newspapers (Lancaster, PA) – wine and beer columnist, special features / Sunday News (Lancaster, PA) – Entertainment section contributing writer / Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) – news correspondent / New Era (Lancaster, PA) – features correspondent / York Daily News (York, Pa) – features correspondent / Morning Sentinel (Augusta, ME) – correspondent / The Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME) – correspondent

Non Fiction
“Greater Than a Tourist: Lancaster County, PA” (CZYK Publishing 2021) - authored
“The Quiet in the Land” (Trafford 2005) – edited and abridged
“Glimpses of Medicinal Botanics: A Journey to Machu Picchu from Puerto Maldonado” (Waratah Communications 2008) – edited
“Beware of Rotors, Props, & Jetblasts” (Somebodies Productions 1994)

Committees and Affiliations:
PROFESSIONAL: Member, SATW-The Society of American Travel Writers / Member, International Travel Writers Alliance / Member, Society for Features Journalism / Member, PEN America / Member, International Association of Professional Writers & Editors

CIVIC: Fulton Theatre – Community Engagement & Education Advisory Committee / Ephrata Library – Special Events Committee / New Holland Farmer’s Fair – Children’s Day Executive Committee

How to Contact Me

Please email Michael at