I work with writers at the developmental, substantive, and line editing stages of the writing process. Specialties include speculative fiction, stories of healing, experimental writing, and working with ESL writers.
My editing and coaching services are personalized and tailored to meet your needs. I can help you figure out how to structure your book, help you solve difficulties with plot, pacing, and form, and work with you on making your sentences the best they can be. I also provide coaching to help you set realistic goals and stay on track so that you can finish that book you are burning to write! I am supportive and positive, but also a discerning critic—always with the goal of helping you make your writing the best it can be.
My literary passions include speculative fiction, experimental writing, and hybrid works that can’t easily be defined as prose or poetry, fiction or memoir. If your writing takes risks with form and content, if you are writing about a non-realistic world, if you are dealing in allegory, if you are experimenting with non-traditional structures…I may be the editor for you! I serve as Fiction Editor at Rivet: the Journal of Writing that Risks, and I’m a founding editor at Red Bridge Press, both of which are dedicated to publishing experimental writing. Much of my own writing is speculative and/or experimental in some way.
I also specialize in working with people whose writing is part of a healing journey. Whether you are writing fiction, poetry, memoir, or some combination thereof; whether you are addressing themes of trauma, loss, illness, or recovery, I approach your writing with sensitivity, care, and compassion. My own writing frequently deals with these topics and themes, so I understand how important it is to have an editor you can trust to honor the courage it takes to write your story—or any story, for that matter. I facilitate writing workshops with a focus on healing, and I believe that writing is a healing act in and of itself.
I have 21 years of experience as a writer, editor, and English teacher. I have worked as a freelance editor on memoirs, novels, and non-fiction books and articles at all stages, from developmental to copy editing. I have experience writing articles, interviews, blog posts, and newsletters for businesses and non-profits. My fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have been published in print and online journals, and I received honors for both my undergraduate and graduate theses. I work with many writers for whom English is a second or third language, and I am passionate about working with writers from diverse cultural backgrounds.