EDITING, CONSULTING & MEMOIR COACHING
You have been working on your manuscript, essay, or short story for a while now, staring at it so long, working and reworking it, you’re not sure what you’re looking at anymore. You know you want your story to have tension, powerful scenes, vivid characters, a structure that pops, transitions that flow, and sensory details that bring your writing to life but are pretty sure you need a fresh set of eyes.
I offer editing and developmental feedback on completed drafts as well as memoir coaching for memoirs in progress. I’m the author of the memoir When She Comes Back, and the winner of Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award for my short story collection Home Is A Made-Up Place (to be published Spring 2022 by Sowilo Press), and a creative nonfiction editor for The Citron Review. I’ve taught all ages and have coached memoir essay writing at the high school and college levels. I have an MFA in nonfiction from Pacific University and my short fiction and creative nonfiction have won awards (see Press and Awards page).
I work with both short and long pieces, fiction and nonfiction, and enjoy big picture developmental editing as well as swooping in real close for line editing.
HOW TO KNOW IF I'M THE RIGHT EDITOR FOR YOU
I appreciate work that has emotional resonance and takes the reader on a journey, writing that invites the reader to more deeply understand the lived experience of a character/narrator/memoirist. I look for the heartbeat in the work I edit because I believe the best work leaves the writer and the reader changed. Reading my writing is a good way to get a sense of my style and see if I’d be a good editor for you.
A developmental edit focuses on the big-picture to assess how your project is working overall. I’ll review your story structure, pacing, character development, the balance of scene and reflection, and how your main themes are developing over the course of the story.
You will receive a 2-5 page edit letter (depending on the length of work submitted for review) to assess what is working well and what areas need strengthening. I’ll address structure, tension, subtext and dialogue (where relevant), sensory details and provide detailed suggestions for revising your work.
DEVELOPMENTAL & LINE EDIT
A developmental and line edit includes a big-picture assessment (see above) plus in-line comments, notes, questions, and suggestions for sections that would benefit from cutting or expanding.
Maybe you started writing your memoir because you knew you had a story you wanted to tell and you were certain you were ready to share it. But now, several months or years into the process you feel stuck. You’ve learned that memoir is about meaning-making and pattern-noticing but you’re not sure you’re on the right track or gone far enough. You may even be questioning whether your story is worth telling after all.
That’s where I come in. I love helping memoirists recharge and center themselves again. I can help you dig a little deeper and tease out aspects of your story you might not have spent much time on or weren’t as aware of; the hidden parts that add depth and tension to your manuscript and help the reader better understand what’s at stake for you, the memoirist.
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