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Professors As Writers

Writing Coaches and Editors

The Teaching Resource Center is pleased to provide an alphabetical listing of editors and writing coaches who provide us with descriptions of their services and experience. Because the TRC does not endorse any particular individual or company, we encourage you to contact those offering services directly, to request a list of references or to discuss whether the editorial assistance provided would be a good fit for your project. See also our tip sheet, Selecting an Editor or Writing Coach for more general suggestions on this topic.

If you have been awarded a Writing Grant, you are welcome to enlist the services of any of the people listed here or to hire another professional editor or coach, as long as the writing support provided falls within the parameters deemed appropriate within your discipline.

If you are an editor or coach who would like your information included, you can fill out the on-line form for editors/coaches to be added to our list. [We are not currently adding new coaches.]  To be considered, please also register as a UVa Vendor through the UVa Procurement Office.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about this list or any other aspect of the Professors as Writers Program, please contact us at or by phone at 982-2815


PAW: Local Writing Coaches and Editors

Jane Barnes Email:
Phone: 434-295-6924Experience/Training:

  • MFA Iowa Writers Workshop
  • Editorial assistant at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Knopf
  • Taught rhetoric and composition, as well as creative writing at colleges across the country (including U.Va.)
  • Thirty-five years experience as published essayist, novelist, scriptwriter (under contract to Warner Bros., HBO, American Playhouse, Edward Scherick Productions) and documentary filmmaker for PBS.
  • Twenty years experience as researcher/writer/producer for an independent film company (Helen Whitney Productions) in NYC, where I’ve had extensive experience reading, developing and adapting expert material–historical, literary, political–for the literate PBS audience. Commissioned by American Masters, American Experience and WGBH Frontline, all our projects went through rigorous and extensive writing stages from proposal to NEH grants to (book length) treatments before they were visualized as scripts and finally aired.  Most recently wrote the documentary, The Mormons (Spring 2007).

Description of services and fees: Developing a scholarly manuscript or dissertation for an educated public; editing for style and shaping content; proofreading: $50/hour.

Prize-winning essayist and script writer, including

  • Illinois Arts Council first-prize for non-fiction essay, “Through the CIA Darkly” (1996)
  • Outstanding Documentary-current events script award (co-writer, 2000)
  • Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for short story, “Rapture” (2005)
  • Work on Emmy, duPont, and Peabody award-winning PBS Documentaries, “The Choice, ‘96” and “John Paul II: Millennial Pope”
Sara Bullard Email:
Phone: 434-806-5574Experience/Training:

  • Founding editor, Teaching Tolerance magazine; Educational Press Association Golden Lamp Award
  • Author, Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle (Oxford University Press); American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award
  • Author, Teaching Tolerance: Raising Open-minded, Empathetic Children (Doubleday); Parent’s Choice Award
  • Draft Editor, Many Paths to Justice (Ford Foundation)
  • Newspaper reporter and magazine feature writer
  • BA, History and Journalism, UNC
  • Consultant, Ford Foundation (NY) and Rockefeller Foundation (NY).
  • Grantwriter and editor for nonprofit organizations and for NYU medical research
  • Writing, research, editing, coaching in wide range of fields (history, literature, social sciences, law, medicine, psychology, etc.)
  • Creative writing workshops, fiction writing and critiquing
  • Resume and references forwarded upon request

Description of services and fees: Coaching, editing, brainstorming and constructive feedback for manuscripts of all lengths directed at general or specialized audiences: $50/hour or project-based custom quote. Grant research, reference checking: $25/hour

Jane Elizabeth Carlson Email:
Phone: 434-975-2190Experience/Training: Several years’ experience in proofing, editing and transcription on a wide range of subjects including medical and scientific terminology.Description of services and fees: Light editing/proofreading – $15/hour; heavy editing/coaching workshops – $20/hour Other: Registered U.Va. vendor; certified DMB vendor – Fast turnaround of work.
Andrea Cumbo Website:
Email: andilit@gmail.comExperience/Training: College professor of composition, English as a Second Language, creative writing, and business writing; MFA – Creative Nonfiction Writing; MA – Literature; BA – English and History

  • Editing and preparing theses, dissertations, conference papers, and journal articles for publication.

Description of services and fees:

  • Line editing and proofreading – $100/10,000 words
  • Content editing for organization, clarity, and completeness – $150/10,000 words
  • Coaching to achieve writing goals and and deadlines – $35/hour
  • Research – $30/hour Resume/Curriculum Vitae Editing – $35/Hour

Other: Over ten years experience as a college writing instructor. Experience as researcher for Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project.

Suzanne Freeman Email:
Phone: 434-872-0432Experience/Training:

  • BS, Journalism, Boston University
  • Former lecturer in English at UVa, teaching non-fiction writing
  • 30 years of experience as journalist, essayist, book reviewer. Published in New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, American Scholar, etc.
  • Author of one novel, “The Cuckoo’s Child,” winner of awards from Bank Street and Hungry Mind Review
  • More than 10 years experience review applications for undergraduate admission at UVa.
  • References upon request

Description of services and fees:

  • Editing for style, clarity, grammar, punctuation: $50/hour or custom quote for longer projects.
  • Proofreading/light copy editing: $25/hour or custom quote
  • Extensive research and writing projects: custom quote
Jeff Galbraith Website:
Phone: 434-825-5932Experience/Training:

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Dissertation – New Eyes: Telling Stories in More Complex Ways
  • Experienced coach, tutor and course designer in field of individual & group experiential learning
  • Counseled people locally, including UVa faculty and administrators
  • Counseled people in North America, Europe, and Asia

Description of services and fees:

  • Coaching ABD students to complete their dissertations
  • Coaching professionals to adapt – orientation, change, transition
  • Coaching professionals to develop – amateur to expert progression, creativity & innovation, independent judgment
  • Fees: $60-$120/hour, depending on services provided.


  • Registered University of Virginia vendor
  • UVa et al. references available upon request
Lois Guchu
Perfect Content
Phone: 434-825-5581Experience/Training:

  • 20 years of technical writing and editing experience
  • M.A., Bilingual Studies, University of Texas
  • Editor, Lexis Nexis (legal publishing division)
  • Graphic Designer, Sweet Briar College public relations and development
  • Light and heavy editing, preferably technical (such as grant proposals), medical and scientific manuals, dissertations and other publications; light research of general subjects; transcription services; reference and fact checking; book and dissertation layout in Adobe InDesign, layout and PDF creation of newsletters, reports, proposals; compile and reproduce documents; french to English document translation and cleanup

Description of services and fees:

  • Proofreading: $20/hr
  • Editing light: $30/hr; Editing heavy: $40/hr
  • Book and dissertation layout: $50/hr
  • Layout brochures, newsletters, annual reports, proposals: $40/hr
  • Light research: $40/hr
  • Transcribing: $5/pg
  • Long projects: Customized quote
Dick Harrington Email:
Phone: 434-981-4214


  • Emeritus Professor of English, Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Recipient of PVCC President’s Award for Career Excellence
  • Ph.D., English, University of Virginia
  • Teacher of writing and literature: 40+years, with career focus on writing and the teaching of writing
  • Initiator and co-teacher of learning-communities at PVCC, pairing U.S. history and first-year writing, eight semesters
  • Presenter of numerous workshops and conference sessions on writing and the teaching of writing
  • Facilitator of On Course workshops coast to coast in which college faculty learn ways to engage students in active learning
  • Teacher of On Course graduate classes, online via Goucher College, coaching college faculty to write publishable articles, each describing and justifying an innovative strategy in their teaching
  • Co-director and co-teacher of Central Virginia Writing Project, summer institute for area teachers, K-12, University of Virginia, nine years
  • Consultant to Virginia school systems (Culpeper, Galax) on writing and the teaching of writing and to the Department of English, George Mason University, during development of graduate program in the teaching of writing
  • Coordinator of annual essay competition for Virginia high-school juniors, National Council of Teachers of English, five years
  • Participant in professional organizations, conferences, workshops: Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Virginia Association for Developmental Education (VADE), Two-Year College English Association-Southeast (TYCA-SE), Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA), On Course, Wildacres Writers Workshop
  • Editor of text; creator, performer of music (with band) for Meet Me at the Mountain (Therapeutic Adventures, 2008), children’s book and interactive DVD depicting winter-sports adventures of woodland animals with disabilities
  • Writer/co-writer of articles, essays, books, poems, songs, proposals, reports, white papers, constitutions, by-laws, operational guidelines, other professional documents: PVCC (founding faculty, coordinator of English faculty, lead founder of College Senate), VCCA (founding president), TYCA-SE (board chair), Charlottesville Literacy Volunteers (board chair), Charlottesville Friends of Old-time Music (founding president)
  • Selected publications:
    • The Undergraduate Apprentice.” On Course Newsletter. 2010
    • “Not Just Uncle Henry’s Favorites.” The Old-Time Herald: A Magazine Dedicated to Old-Time Music. 10:7 (Oct-Nov 2006): 26-31.
    • “Zippity Doo Dah” [poem]. Streetlight: A Journal of Art & Literature. 3 (Spring 2004): 93.
    • The Writing Circle: A Guide for Writers and Peer Readers. 2nd ed. New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998.
    • “One Good Traveling Companion: An Idea for [Professional] Renewal.” VCCA Journal 9:1 (Fall/Winter 1994): 39-41.
    • “General Apache Talks with His Writing Teacher” [poem, article]. Teaching English in the Two-Year College 16:3 (Oct 1989): 190-192; rpt. Essays on Writing. Ed. Lizbeth A. Bryant and Heather M. Clark. New York: Longman, 2009: 11-16.

Description of services and fees:

  • Writing project of any length directed at specialized or general audience: $50/hr or custom quote
  • Coach writer or writing team, as needed, to free writer’s block, create working draft, reshape unwieldy draft, polish successful draft, resolve writing-team entanglement. I read perceptively, ask fertile questions, listen mindfully, provide useful feedback, guide, mediate.
  • Rewrite/edit/copy-edit manuscript to reach intended audience and accomplish intended purpose in best-suited voice and style of writer or writing team. I resolve issues of purpose and focus, voice, engagement of intended readers from opening to closing, arrangement, paragraphing, format, development and illustration, clarity, precision, specificity, rhythm and flow, diction and idiom, attribution, documentation, grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, overall consistency.
  • Although my professional experience is mostly in the liberal arts, my interests and pursuits range widely. Being curious, adventurous, and adaptable, I welcome writing projects ranging from the brain science of post-traumatic stress disorder to a new spin on string theory to the role of lacrosse in Cherokee culture.

Elizabeth M.    Howard








Phone: 434-2959793Experience/Training:

    • B.A. English, Sweet Briar College; graduate courses in fiction, non-fiction writing, University of Virginia; writing for historical documentaries, George Washington University
    • Member: American Society of Journalists & Authors
    • Writer/director of educational and documentary films aired on Virginia PBS
    • and Virginia Film Festival

Clients include Virginia Department of Education, University of Virginia faculty, non-profits and local residents working on non-fiction, marketing and fund-raising projects.

Description of services and fees: Manuscript analysis; light to heavy editing focusing on concept, content and style as well as effective writing techniques. Scripts for film/videos. Fee based on overall project or $50/hour.


  • Author, Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well 
  • Jefferson Park Press, summer 2017
  • Articles on health, women, families for regional andnational publications
  • Current art editor, Streetlight Magazine online
  • FormerLecturer in journalism, English Department and Continuing Education, University of Virginia
  • Former editor, feature writer, The Daily Progress;The Washington Star
  • Virginia Press Association Award, in-depth reporting
  • Rosalina’s Faith in America, documentary premiered at Virginia Film Festival, 2008
  • In the Fullness of Time, documentary narrated by poet Rita Dove, aired on Virginia PBS 2006-2016


Phone: 919-302-4322


  • II worked for six years at Cornell University Press, first in manuscript editing and later as an acquisitions editor. I also worked for a year at Viking Penguin in New York.
  • I have edited books by scholars in history, English, political science, women’s studies, science and society, media and communications, and other fields at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Columbia, Georgetown, Drexel, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, University of Massachusetts—Amherst, University of Wisconsin, and other universities.
  • Authors I have worked with recently have published or will publish their books with Brookings Institution Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, Rutgers University Press, University Press of Florida, and other presses.
  • I hold an A.B. in English (magna cum laude) from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Louisiana State University.
  • I have published my own writing in The New York Times, The New Republic, numerous university magazines, and many other print and online publications.
  • Recently, I spent a year traveling and volunteering in the developing world and blogged about the experience at
  • I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Description of services and fees:

As a developmental editor with extensive publishing experience, I help authors strengthen their arguments, express their ideas clearly, and make their narratives more compelling. As a book coach, I divide the writing and revising process into manageable stages and advise authors as they select and submit to potential publishers. I work with nonfiction authors writing academic and trade books, and I help make those books as accessible and engaging as possible.

An initial phone consultation is complimentary, and I provide each prospective client with a custom estimate. Average fees are as follows: critiquing a book proposal, $400-$600; book manuscript evaluation, $1000; developmental editing of a scholarly book, $3500-$5500; copyediting of a scholarly book, $2500-$4500.


  • Many of the authors I work with use their research funds to cover my services. Please let me know if you would like me to bill your department directly.

Phone: 434-293-6635


  • Over 20 years experience as published freelance writer, editor and writing coach
  • Publications include print, online and broadcast media, both nationally and locally, including many University of Virginia publications
  • Experience includes grant writing, creative writing, peer-reviewed scholarly publications and thesis and dissertation review
  • Education includes health care background

Description of services and fees: Editing for style, grammar and content; Academic and professional coaching to improve readability, organization and focus. Fees: $50/hour


  • Registered University of Virginia vendor
  • U.Va. and other references available upon request
Susie Langenkamp  Email:
Phone: 434-249-1788


  • Fifteen years experience editing and polishing scholarly texts and research papers from many UVA disciplines (law, medicine, education, computer studies, history, etc.). UVA clients coming from Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, some of whom need specialized help with writing in a second (or third) language. Native English speakers at UVA coming from more than 14 states.
  • Clear Writing for Professionals business – 1996 to 2002 – with work in both Paris and Zurich with international lawyers and financial professionals. Clients drawn from Austria, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Switzerland.
  • Have also worked with non-fiction, fiction, memoir writers for commercially published books and university presses.
  • Masters in Writing: San Francisco State University B.A. English/Journalism: Towson State University.

Description of services and fees: Help in developing a scholarly paper or dissertation, with an eye to its demanding readership. Assistance with approaching the publishing world. Editing for style and readability. Proofreading. $50 per hour or project based.

Rachel Mann
MettaKnowledge for Peace, LLC
Phone: 434-227-0538Degrees, Experience and/or Subject Knowledge:

  • MA Soviet Studies
  • PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures (folklore, anthropology)
  • Current areas of research: peace and violence studies, anthropology of peace, shamanism in a New Age, the Nobel Peace Laureates and Gandhi’s legacy.
  • Former, full-time tenured administrator and faculty member from the UVa College of Arts and Sciences with work expertise in administration and technology in higher education.
  • Teach part-time for UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program and have a consulting business I started two years ago. Among other things I do, I support colleagues with their writing and creative projects.
  • My own research and teaching over 25 years has been interdisciplinary across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Professional writer with publications in both scholarly and mainstream publications, including Change Magazine, Multicultural Education, and Spirituality & Health, as well as pieces of creative non-fiction and poetry.
  • Ghost writer for the Garrison Institute, training manual for their Transforming Trauma Wellness Project and have done extensive grant writing for my own and others’ projects.
  • Provided background research, ghost writing, coaching, and/or editing for three award-winning writers, one of them on the New York Times Bestseller list, including: Sharon Salzberg, Why Meditate? Forthcoming, Workman’s Press, 2010. Jon Turk, The Raven’s Gift, forthcoming, St. Martin’s Press, 2010. Susan Hitchcock, Frankenstein: A Cultural History, W. W. Norton & Co., 2007 and Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London, W.W. Norton & Co., 2005.

Description of services and fees: Topical interests: works in history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, religious studies, cultural studies, psychology, technology, education, and art. I have a special interest in pieces dealing with religion and spirituality due to my own work in that field as a consultant. I can work in person or by email and phone. Fees: $100/hour (negotiable depending on your circumstances)

Services provided:

  • Compiling and synthesizing current scientific research on a specific topic into layman’s terms for inclusion in an article or book.
  • Writing for a grant proposal.
  • Coaching, in-depth editing, and research. I do not do proofreading, light editing, or indexing.
  • Supporting a writer transforming a dissertation into a book, or taking a book project or article to the next level as a viable, publishable piece.

Other: I am creative, intellectually flexible and can be particularly helpful if you need help getting over writer’s block or insecurities about putting your work out in the world. I can also help you transform your writing from material for academic scholarship into a piece for a general audience, as I have done this myself.

Kenny Marotta Email:
Phone: 434-977-5795Experience/Training: B.A., Harvard, Ph.D. (English), Johns Hopkins
Past teaching (English/writing):

  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, U. Va
  • Adjunct Instructor: University of Idaho Dept. of English, PVCC, Charlottesville Writing Center; Creative Writing Residencies, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, University of Idaho, Virginia public schools, U. Va. BIS Program, U. Va. Young Writers Workshop


  • Scholarly articles and reviews, including ELH, Genre
  • Short stories, including VQR, Western Humanities Review
  • Novel, A Piece of Earth (William Morrow)
  • Short story collection, A House on the Piazza (Guernica Editions; Toronto)
  • Co-edited anthology (with Richard Guy Wilson and Shawn Eyring), Re-creating the American Past: Essays on the Colonial Revival (University of Virginia Press)
  • Books on which I have worked as developmental editor have appeared or are forthcoming from presses including William Morrow, Thomson Wadsworth, University of Virginia Press, Yale University Press, University of Tennessee Press, Edinburgh University Press, M. E. Sharpe, Cambridge University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, and Syracuse University Press. Subjects have included biography, composition (textbook), literary criticism, cultural studies, architectural history, landscape architecture, aesthetic theory, archaeology.

Description of services and fees: Developmental editing—i.e., detailed analysis and concrete advice on revision, focused on the goals of clarity and coherence of argument, effective organization (at both large and small scales), accessibility to a generally educated audience as well as to the trained scholar. Estimates available on request.

Other: I work also with authors of fiction and non-fiction narrative. I read French and Italian. References available on request.

Barbara Nordin
Editor BJN
Phone: Phone: (434-260-2817)Experience/Training:

  • B.A. with High Distinction, English, University of Virginia
  • Winner of three writing awards from the Virginia Press Association
  • Well versed in APA, AMA, Chicago, and MLA styles
  • Member, Editorial Freelancers Association

Description of services and fees:

  • My philosophy is that text should be clear, concise, and compelling.
  • I particularly enjoy working with non-native English speakers.
  • Rates: $75/hour; $90/hour rush


Stephen Pfleiderer
Harvest Moon

Phone: (804) 977-4229

Experience/Training: Over forty years in publishing; trained hundreds of writers and editors in effective writing and editing and conducts workshops on writing around the country.

  • Former vice president of publisher Prentice-Hall, heading up its Washington editorial and publishing operations for over 20 years of professional, legal, and business publications.
  • Consulted in the publishing/writing field with such clients as Simon & Schuster, The Washington Post Company, and the National Newspaper Association, among others.
  • Teaches classes on writing at UVA Jefferson Institute of Lifelong Learning (JILL); editor of its online Journal.
  • Author of Legacy Story Writing – A Personal Step-By-Step Organizing and Writing Guide.
  • Coaching projects range in subject matter from scholarly works to memoirs.

Description of services and fees:

  • Reviewing your copy. Appraisal of copy or outline, including specific recommendations on content organization, presentation, and development.
  • Organizational help. Advice on how to select what to write, writing styles, outlining, material selection, arrangements of copy, titles and subtitles, introductions, and creating a table of contents and an index.
  • Content editing. Suggestions on how to better present the material for clarity, as well as for wording and phraseology, cutting and/or adding copy, paragraph organization, sentence structure, and transitions.
  • Marketing assistance. Assistance includes help with book reviews, book signings, creating promotional materials, pinpointing niche markets, and getting online with
  • Fee for services. Services are charged at the rate of $60/hour, billed monthly. An advance is required for projects involving multiple hours of coaching.
Kevin Quirk
A Writer’s Eye
Phone: 434-823-7629Experience/Training:

  • MA in English, University of New Hampshire; BS in Journalism, Boston University
  • Book author, Ghostwriter, Editor, Coach, Advisor for 9 years; Former Journalist, 12 years
  • Teach writing through UVA Continuing Education and Professional Studies and JILL
  • Author of Not Now, Honey, I’m Watching the Game (Simon & Schuster) and ghostwriter of Caught in the Net by Dr. Kimberly Young (Wylie)

Description of services and fees: Light editing, Content Editing, Coaching, Advising, Market Assessment, Literary Agent Search, Book Proposal Development. Contact for Hourly/Project Fees

David Reynaud
Phone: 434-971-1835Experience/Training:

  • BS History/Political Science; HS Teacher (Social Studies); Art Teacher;
  • Twenty years with Michie/LexisNexis as proofreader, copy editor, senior editor, trainer/supervisor, desktop publisher (law school texts; treatises; state codes);
  • currently self-employed as editor/proofreader/desktop publisher

Description of services and fees: Editing and/or research ($26/hour), proofreading ($20/hour), desktop publishing ($20/hour)

Other: Recently edited and researched a law book on immigration law for American Bar Association (Fall 2005).

David Rubin
Fox Hill Editorial LLC
Phone: 434-971-1835
Fax: 434-979-6364
LinkedInExperience/Training: Ph.D., French Literature, University of Illinois, 1967

  • 8 UVa Ph.D. dissertations directed as first books and published with minimal revision soon after defense
  • Editor-in-chief, Continuum: Problems in French Literature from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment (1989-93); EMF: Studies in Early Modern France (1994-2001 first three volumes shortlisted for CELJ new publication awards); EMF Critiques (1994-2001); and numerous collective volumes published by trade and university presses in the US and abroad
  • Consultant: Oxford UP, Yale UP, U of Chicago P, U of Virginia P, PMLA
  • Specializing in argumentation, exposition, and style in books, articles, conference papers, and lectures, chiefly in the humanities; especially interested in conversion of the dissertation into a book
  • For testimonials, credentials, and services, please visit

Description of services and fees:

Silvia Sanides Email:
Phone: 434-296-4261
Fax: 434-296-8537Experience/Training: Master’s Degree, Science

  • Twenty plus years of science and medical writing for the public and for professional journals
  • Expertise in numerous science-, medical- and health related topics
  • Light and heavy editing and coaching of science and medical writers
  • Coaching and editing U.Va. science faculty in grant writing and preparing papers for journal publication (references available)

Description of services and fees: Advising, coaching and editing for grant writing, preparing papers for publication, writing press releases, writing for the public. Fees: $50/hour. Registered U.Va. vendor

Jennifer Swann Website:
Phone: 256-654-7508Experience/Training:

  • Over 20 years in scientific R&D community with extensive knowledge of government grant funding, journal, conference publication and general scientific reporting.
  • Master’s Degree in English and Technical Writer for Fortune 500 company
  • Specializes in English as Second Language editing and writing

Description of services and Fees: Formatting, technical writing, editing, proofreading. Fees: $30/hour for light editing and formatting services; $45/hour for heavy editing, indexing.

Becky Thomas Email:
Phone: 434-973-5054Experience/Training:

  • Aim: to help my clients write prose that is correct, clear, well organized, persuasive, and pleasing to read
  • To date: books, dissertations, theses; academic articles in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and medicine; some fiction
  • Conversant with major style manuals
  • I enjoy working with both native and non-native writers of English.
  • Background: M.Phil., French (Yale, 1968); refresher coursework at the U.Va. Northern Virginia Center’s Publishing and Communications Institute

My own writing is expository in nature and ranges from successful grant proposals (NSF, U.S. Department of Education) to writing for children. It includes a translation published in the Collected Short Stories of Edith Wharton (ed. R. W. B. Lewis) of a story Wharton wrote in French.

Description of services and fees: Developmental editing and light or substantive copy-editing: $15/hour. Flat rates for theses and dissertations can be negotiated.

Other: Registered U.Va. vendor. References on request.

Gail Hyder Wiley Email:
Phone: 434-979-6457

Experience/Training: B.A. in Speech Communications, U.Va.

  • 5 years in advertising;
  • 26 years freelance copyeditor in various fields: fiction and nonfiction books, advertising/marketing pieces, magazine and journal, Web sites

Description of services and fees: Proofreading, research assistance/fact checking, light to heavy editing: $40/hour.


  • Registered UVa Vendor
  • Certified with Commonwealth of Virginia and U.Va. Procurement Office as a woman-owned business
  • Comfortable working with hard copy or electronic file transfers, pdf files, etc.
  • Familiar with several style manuals; extensive references available

PAW: Writing Coaches and Editors Outside of Charlottesville


Jeanne Barker-Nunn Website:
Phone: 651-698-9601Experience/Training: Ph.D. in American Studies; M.A. in English; B.S. in Education, English major

  • Has worked closely with academic writers as teacher, coach, and editor for more than thirty years.
  • Has served on faculty of three universities and as managing editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and consulting editor for several academic presses.
  • Since 1996, when founded J. B. Barker-Nunn & Associates to work exclusively with scholarly writers, has helped more than a hundred clients in wide range of academic fields improve and publish their scholarly work and advance their careers.
  • Has taught academic writing and professional editing and is widely read in available research on scholarly writing, publishing, and faculty development; also presents faculty development workshops on academic writing and publishing.

Description of services and fees:

  • Developmental, substantive, and textual editing; coaching in effective academic writing, research and publishing strategies, and other issues related to scholarly work and careers.
  • Experienced in all types of academic writing, including articles, books, reports, proposals, and work-related documents (c.v.’s, annual reviews, tenure and promotion materials, etc.), at any stage of the writing process, from conception to publication.
  • Editing/coaching services range from $40-$60/hour.
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Lynne Berrett
Coaching with W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes)
Phone: 914-666-0912Experience/Training: M.A. in English (1962); 57 of 60 credits completed toward PhD in Humanities (1965); Masters in Social Work (1982).

  • Writing teacher/coach at the university level for over 30 years, creating a unique niche by combining a broad academic background and interests with training as a Gestalt therapist specializing in anxiety and other blocks to expressiveness.
  • Currently coach ABD students to complete their dissertations in departments ranging from Education to Business.

Also coach private clients to handle the stresses of writing and publishing everything from personal memoirs to books on shamanism to cultural histories.

Description of services and fees: Coaching services are contracted by the month: 4 weekly telephone session of 45 minutes each plus email contact in between as desired by the client. Fee: $250/4 weeks. Coaching by phone is convenient and effective. No fee for initial phone consultation.

Other: As a coach I do not edit content; however, I am able to offer feedback about such things as word usage, grammar, organization, and clarity when that is requested. My most important role is to act as a kind of personal trainer for writers, helping them set goals, stay with their project over the long haul, set and/or meet deadlines: in sum, work hard and smart and get results.

Chrysa Cullather
Chrysalis Editorial
Phone: 847-681-0236Experience/Training: University of Virginia Book Editing, Graduate Level Certificate; M.S., Geology, The George Washington University; B.S., Geology, The College of William and Mary (minor in sociology).

  • Experienced scientific, medical, and technical editor.
  • Expert at formatting and editing dissertations in APA style/format.
  • Assisted dozens of students at universities all over the country.
  • Experience editing and preparing large (book, dissertation) projects, essays, and manuscripts for medical, scientific, and scholarly publication.
  • More than 15 years of experience editing and proofreading for academic and trade publishers.
  • Currently work for the American College of Surgeons as a medical editor

Description of services and fees: Dissertation editing and formatting; editing for professors who speak English as a second (or third) language; pre-editing for journal submission–project based, but ranges from $35 to $50 per hour. Discount offered to students.

Other: Credit card payments accepted through PayPal.

Greg Johnson Email:
Phone: 917-496-9482Experience/Training: B.A., Communications, Magna Cum Laude, City College of New York

  • Senior Editor, The Deal Pipeline Columnist
  • Web Editor, The Journal of Commerce English
  • Writing Teacher, Professional Business College
  • Adjunct Professor, English, Katharine Gibbs School

Description of Services and Fees: Reference/fact-checking: $20/hour; editing: $20/hour; rewriting: $30/hour; individualized professional coaching: $40/hour.

Gina Hiatt
Academic Ladder
Phone: Office: 703-734-4945, Coaching line: 703-759-4219Experience/Training: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1978)

  • Clinical psychology practice for almost 30 years
  • Founder of Academic Ladder, a company that helps graduate students and professors clarify and reach their goals. We have a team of coaches and editors with many years of education and training.
  • Many satisfied UVA professors, post-docs and graduate students have used our services.

Description of Services and Fees:

  • Coaching you to achieve your goals, including designing and completing writing projects, and planning and balancing all aspects of your academic career.
  • Help with writing blocks or impasses in the writing process, using an individualized approach.
  • Editing/Advising: Organizing, content editing, copy editing. We’ll make your writing clear, readable and error free.
  • Because we have a team of coaches and editors, you can be matched with someone who best meets your needs.
  • Fees vary depending on the service and provider of service. Initial phone consultation is free.
  • The mission of Academic Ladder is to help you achieve a satisfying, fulfilling, and enjoyable academic career.
Melissa Hofpar
Composed Success
Email: melissa@composedsuccess.comExperience/Training: BA in English / Mass Communications; MA in English (emphasis in Technical Communication)

  • Writing instructor at community college for 7 semesters
  • ESL tutor for professionals (written and spoken English)

Description of Services and Fees:

  • Proofreading only
  • Academic/ technical editing (includes review of required format and citations for APA, MLA, Chicago styles)
  • Copy editing (may include review of formatting, usability, SEO terminology, and may also include, for fictional works, overview of content and plot development)
  • Prices negotiable per project
  • Free editing sample provided with every quote


  • Edit book manuscripts, white papers, web content and marketing copy
  • Have extensive experience reading and editing technical, medical, and scientific terminology
  • Act as judge in annual competition held by Society for Technical Communication
  • Have authored help documentation
  • Have written, edited and analyzed software and product requirements
Mary McKinney
Successful Academic
Tama Ohearn Email:
Phone: 260-901-0233Experience/Training: BA University of Virginia, 1987; MA James Madison Universty 1989; PhD Ball State University 1995

  • Specialties: Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Grant writing (writing and teaching), creative writing, editing, proofreading, thesis support
  • 20 years in the business as a college administrator/professor and writer
  • Excellent working with writer’s block, lengthy manuscript projects including dissertations
  • Specializes in MLA, APA styles.
  • Award Recipient: Article of the Year National Council of Teachers of English (2011)

Description of Services and Fees:
Professional coaching to improved readability: $50/hour; reference/fact checking $15/hour; $55/ hour or project based.

Alison Pruitt Website:
Phone: 703-448-0209Experience/Training: Ph.D. and M.A., English Literature, Rutgers University B.A. Oberlin College

  • More than 20 years of experience as freelance writer/editor
  • Editing and preparing dissertations, books, book proposals, fiction, plays, memoirs, web content, and other manuscripts
  • College-level instructor in composition, English, and modern drama
  • Coaching, editing, writing, tutoring, and researching in a variety of fields, including: history, current events, art history, composition, English, science, technology, education, alternative energy, and green topics
  • Clients include:, U.S. Department of Energy, American Association of Community Colleges, USAID Global Waters Newsletter, Abington Memorial Hospital, Educational Systemics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Western Governors University Resume and references available upon request.

Description of Services and Fees:
Academic and professional editing and coaching to improve organization and expression: $40/hour or project based; proofreading: $30/hour.


  • More than 20 years experience as a playwright
  • Playwriting instructor at Washington DC
  • Playwrights Forum for more than 10 years — also taught playwriting at McDaniel College
  • Children’s play, The Princess Wore Sneakers, published by Drama Source, Inc.
  • Full-length play, The Trial of Susan B. Anthony, published in Southern Theatre magazine.
  • Plays have won: the 2001 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the H.D. Lewis New Play Prize and the Source Theatre Company Literary Prize, Washington, DC, and third place in the Attic Theatre Company’s One-Act Marathon, Hollywood, CA.
  • Writer of children’s books and novels
Laura Ricard Email:
Phone: 413-835-5566Experience/Training: Ph.D. in History, University of New Hampshire; M.A. in History, Case Western Reserve University

  • Academic Clients: Northeastern University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Harvard Business School Publishing, ACT, Boston Medical Library of Harvard University
  • Corporate Clients: Bank of Montreal, Fidelity Investments, First USA, GE Capital, Wachovia, Duke Energy, GE Corporation, Irving Oil, Avon, Nabisco, Pepsi, KPMB Global, ScotiaBank

Description of Services and Fees:
I will work with clients in the humanities or social sciences to produce scholarly or trade articles, books, or business documents in a tone consistent with the target audience. My services include ghostwriting and developmental editing. Fees: $50/hour; $300 advance against first 6 hours.

Susan Robison
Professor Destressor
Phone: 410-465-5892Degrees, Experience and/or Subject Knowledge:

  • Ph.D. General – Experimental Psychology, Ohio University
  • M.S. General – Experimental Psychology, Ohio University
  • B.S. Psychology, Loyola University

Psychologist with experience in helping professors with work-life balance, Peak Performance, and living well while doing good.


  • Discovering Our Gifts. (1987; 2nd edition, 1990). National Council of Catholic Women.
  • Sharing Our Gifts. (1988). National Council of Catholic Women.
  • Co-author with Walvoord, B. McCarthy, L. Thinking and Writing in College. National Council of Teachers of English.

Description of services and fees:

  • Project management coaching; conceptualizing ideas, writing proposal, managing time and stress, maintaining work-life balance during project, namely, how to write while maintaining teaching, service, and life responsibilities. Does not provide editing or proofreading services.
  • Various payment packages are available on a monthly basis. An example is 2 one-half hour sessions per month for $125/month. Focused on a holistic approach to life and career – including but not limited to writing.

Other: Registered UVa Vendor; have done workshops on campus and have coached many UVa faculty as follow-up. I offer workshops and coaching to faculty who want to be Peak Performers, blending their teaching, writing, service, and life goals into a productive and satisfying life. Topics include time management, breaking goals into small manageable steps, how to approach editors. Initial phone consultations is free.

Rena Seltzer, LMSW Website:
Phone: (734) 665-4885Experience/Training:

  • I specialize in coaching professors to accelerate their rate of writing and publishing.
  • I also help my clients to reach their career advancement and work/life balance goals.
  • I coach by telephone with email support, and am glad to provide a free initial consultation.

Description of Services and Fees: Please visit my website:

Glen T. Shen Website:
Phone: 206-546-5226 (Seattle, WA)Experience/Training: PhD, Oceanography, MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic (1986); BS, Chemical Engineering, MIT (1979)

  • Executive VP, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
  • Managing Director, NSF Center on Materials and Devices for IT Research, University of Washington
  • Branch Chief, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Tyndall Air Base, Panama City, FL
  • VP Operations, SurroMed, Inc. (Biotechnology startup), Palo Alto, CA and Singapore
  • Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Program Review Mgr, Puget Sound Water Quality Authority
  • Research Scientist, Columbia University – Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory
  • Process Engineer, Procter and Gamble, International Division, Cincinnati, Mexico City, Caracas, Lima


  • Management: Technical program/grants/project management, new company startup, finance/HR/IP/IT administration, facilities and laboratory management, business development, fund raising and grant proposal authorship, personnel recruitment, external program review, EH&S, technology transfer.
  • Technical: university-level course instruction, scientific research, peer review, lab design and construction, GLP, chemical hygiene, process engineering, chemical plant troubleshooting, plant startup, contract manufacture.

Description of Services and Fees: My business efforts are directed primarily toward management of large grant and contract proposals for which rates approach $100/hour. In the broader context, I service organizations in the following areas:

  • Grant and contract proposal preparation (federal, state, business, foundation)
  • Proposals to partner with another entity (strategy, mechanisms, benefits)
  • Marketing of IP via prospectuses or white papers targeted at specific audiences
  • Design of grant or contract solicitations and review processes

At the individual faculty or PI level, I am available to coach or critique efforts related to the above themes at reduced rates that would depend on the complexity of the task. For more information, please see my website:

Sarah Velasquez
Brown Dog Editing
Email: browndogediting@hotmail.comExperience/Training:

  • BS, Kansas State University
  • MAB, Kansas State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Technical Writing & Professional Communication, Kansas State University
  • Master of Science in English,Technical Writing (Dec 2010 graduation), Utah State University
  • Editing of journal articles for medical and university staff and graduate students.
  • Management of grant materials and proposals.

Description of services and fees: Extensive experience in scientific editing. Specializing in theses, dissertations, and journal articles. All projects are invoiced at $15/hour after initial consultation.

 Clare Xanthos Website:
Phone: 404-590-3847
Experience/Training: BSc in Social Sciences, University of Bradford (UK); MSc in Housing Studies, University of Salford (UK); PhD in Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). 

  • Specialist academic editor and accomplished scholar.
  • 16 years of academic writing experience.
  • Former assistant professor and senior researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
  • Co-editor, 2012, Social Determinants of Health among African-American Men (John Wiley & Sons).
  • Previous reviewer for The American Journal of Men’s Health 

Description of services and fees: 

  • Light editing over 10,000 words: $13/pg
  • Light editing under 10,000 words: $14/pg
  • Heavy editing over 10,000 words: $15/pg
  • Heavy editing under 10,000 words: $16/pg

Other: Free Trial Edit of 250-300 words for serious clients. For further details, please visit my website at

Other Resources

Book Editing Associates Website: the tone of the overall website suggests it is for trade books, or a non-academic market, if you search “Editors and Writers by Genre/Subject,” and then scroll through the lists (see especially “Nonfiction,” “Ethnic/Sociology” and “Political Science”), you’ll find some editors who have experience editing academic writing and/or scientific and technical writing.I can make no direct recommendations of these editors, but it’s a very comprehensive list. A colleague at UNC-Chapel Hill works with faculty who’ve used editor(s) found at this site.
Editorial Freelancers Association Website: get a sense of current rates charged by editors according to this national organization, see this site.