Help for Hire Editors

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Kay Robin Alexander

I have more than 20 years’ experience editing all kinds of writing, from simple correspondence to dissertations. My rates are affordable and I’m willing to work with your schedule, including long-distance consultations.

Andrea Applebee

I offer Individual sessions for writers who want to build their confidence, flexibility, and independence in their work. For the past six years, I have taught university-level courses in writing, the last three at an Ivy League school. I have over ten years of experience coaching creative and critical writing projects at all levels–from the application essay to the dissertation and book manuscript. My qualifications include an MFA in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, a certificate in Rhetoric and Composition, and a BA in English from Davidson College. I have a deep commitment to making writing an accessible and meaningful practice. Please contact me at to make an appointment.

Laura Augustine

I offer one-on-one tutoring and editing to help you express your ideas in a clear and effective way. I’m available to meet in Chapel Hill or online– whatever works best for you. I’m comfortable with ESL writers and I’m familiar with standards for academic papers and business writing, including emails, marketing collateral, and project documentation. Contact me at for a free quote.

Justin Baumann

I offer editing services for abstracts, papers, essays and presentations. I cater especially to scientists, but am happy to work with anyone. In addition to editing I can also help with preparation of academic presentations, speeches to the public, press releases, or even lesson plans. I have experience publishing, presenting, and teaching science and would like to share my expertise. Willing to meet in person or work online. I also offer earth science, marine science, and biology tutoring.

Mary K. Brown

I specialize in helping students and faculty – especially those whose first language is not English – improve dissertations, reports, proposals, articles, journal submissions, and similar documents. My clients have been extremely pleased with my editing and appreciative of my help in improving the readability of their papers.

Stephen Michael Campbell

I have over 20 years of experience in public health and health research. As part of this, I have contributed editing or writing for brochures, guidelines, procedures manuals, manuscripts, journal articles, papers, theses and dissertations. I have helped students, faculty, and business colleagues with their writing, both native English speakers and those for whom English is not their first language. All of the students, faculty and colleagues I’ve worked with have been pleased with my assistance and many have asked repeatedly for my help in improving their writing. I am committed to helping people communicate and to improving understanding through writing. Editing is not my primary source of income, so I am able to provide my service at affordable and negotiable rates. I can work with you by email and I am also willing to meet with you in person or talk over the phone. I also offer statistical consulting for public health students.

Katie Caprino

Katie Caprino is a freelance editor who is interested in helping high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals improve their writing. Katie has composition teaching experience at the university, community college, and secondary levels and offers clients explicit revision suggestions. Previous clients have been pleased with the quick and effective feedback Katie provides. Katie is excited to start helping you with your writing! Email to schedule a revision session now!

Rene Caputo

Are you an international student, visiting scholar or researcher? We can work together to improve your skills in American English. I have nearly 15 years of experience in teaching and tutoring non-native speakers in writing and conversation. We can have face-to-face private tutoring sessions or conduct coaching or editing sessions via Skype or email.

Christopher Catanese

As a Durham-based editor with experience in academic and literary publishing, I work primarily with academic writers who are preparing work for journal publication, conference presentation, or submission to their committee. I also have experience with grant-writing for the non-profit sector, literary fiction and non-fiction, as well as editing professional and academic genres like application essays, personal statements, and cover letters. Please be in touch to discuss your project!

Antoinette V. Corsentino

I have been teaching college English composition courses for five years. My speciality is assisting native English speakers and international students, from high school juniors to post-doctoral candidates, to find their writing voice. My experience includes: scholarship essays, research for public health policy papers, dissertations in engineering, resumes, and cover letters. I can help you at any stage of the process, whether it is formulating a thesis statement for your term paper or completing final edits on your dissertation.

Clifton Coufal

I am focused on helping international students, specifically Business, Law and Engineering grad students with presentations, including their thesis and conference presentations, and focus on helping them with their oral and written material and preparing them for publication. I can also provide advice to students in areas such as how to mingle and introduce themselves in academic/business/social events, can assist with developing their public speaking skillsets and can provide general information on acclimation to the U.S. My qualifications include being a certified ESL instructor who also obtained a JD and an LLM from Duke Law, an MS in marketing/int’l business and attended Tsinghua’s IMBA program in Beijing, China.

Lightsey Darst

I can help you with essays and creative writing projects (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction). My specialty is helping writers see strengths and opportunities in early drafts, but I’m also a very sharp copyeditor, and I will work with you to polish up your final drafts without changing your voice. I have over ten years of experience teaching college courses, and I am a published poet, critic, and essayist, with two books and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Email me at for rates and to make an appointment.

Brenda Ellison

Does giving oral presentations or perhaps speaking in class cause you to fear? Do you need help organizing your speeches in a thoughtful organized manner? Do you just need help with basic speaking skills? I have nearly 30 years’ experience teaching all levels of public speaking, writing, and presentation skills. I am willing to work one-on-one or two-to-one to coach you to be a better speaker or writer. I am happy to work with international students and visiting scholars as well as native English speakers.

Dr. Julie Fann

Want success without all of the stress? Email Dr. Julie Fann at With my help, you can achieve your goal: earn an A, get a grant, finish your dissertation, edit your manuscript, break writer’s block, and gain confidence. I love the hard work that is weighing you down, so unburden yourself and contact me. I will listen to your needs and offer personal, professional solutions or mentoring that you can afford.

Rebacca Gomez Farrell

I am a fast, affordable editor who will tweak your writing so you look better! My rates start at $1/page for basic proofreading fixes. I provide a quick turnaround so you don’t have to worry about deadlines. I have experience editing blogs, dissertations, medical manuscripts and more!

Ilene Freedman

I’m an experienced ESL instructor/tutor, graduate of the Duke Certificate Program, with a love for teaching international students (individuals and small groups). Let me help you improve your oral communication, grammar, writing and presentations. I’d enjoy giving you more tools to enjoy your life in The Triangle to its utmost.

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, CPRW, CEIP

I offer highly customized editing and tutoring services to individuals ranging from high school students to CEOs. I have a strong academic tutoring background and welcome the opportunity: to work with writers whose native language is not English, to help prepare students for the college and graduate school application processes, and to edit a range of documents that span dissertations to conference papers to resumes to business websites.

Julia Green

Julia Green has been an editor, writer, and teacher for 15 years. She has helped college students work on term papers, graduate students finalize their dissertations, high schoolers write college application essays, and adults craft resumes and articles. Over the years, Julia has helped many people hone their voice and express themselves clearly and intelligently on the page. She enjoys all the interesting people her work has brought her in contact with and the challenge of helping them become better writers, editors, and thinkers.

Melissa Hofpar

Let your knowledge shine through your writing! As a copy editor and proofreader, I help all types of authors, both academic and professional, polish their documents in order to communicate information clearly and effectively and reach their target audiences. I enjoy working with ESL clients and with professionals in technical and scientific fields. I have flexible rates and will work with you to make your document a success!

Margy Thomas Horton, Ph.D.

With my experience teaching and publishing in a university setting, as well as my passion for working one-on-one with students, I am just the person to help you with your difficult writing project. I provide a variety of support services to academic writers at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including editing and consultation. Check out my website,, for a free self-help guide to academic writing, as well as for more information about my services.

Holly Hough

I have a doctorate in the sciences, 10+ years of experience in writing and editing, and have published poetry, reports, and articles. I am friendly, love to laugh, and offer proofreading and editing, primarily for dissertations, theses, research papers, resumes, and cover letters. Flexible schedule.

Patrick Inman

I edit articles, grant proposals, papers, theses, dissertations, and books in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine. I can help an author find his or her way, develop ideas, structure an argument, and present it persuasively. I also coordinate collaborative projects, coach scholars and nonfiction authors in writing, research, and stress reduction, translate Spanish and German, and research and write grant proposals. I work frequently with foreign students.

Kathleen Kearns

I draw on my experience as an editor at a major scholarly press to help faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students achieve their publishing, employment, and promotion goals. I offer publication coaching, developmental editing, and copyediting for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and public health.

Derek Keever

I have been a freelance editor for 5 years, helping writers to express themselves more clearly and effectively. My specialty is editing academic essays, theses, and journal articles for non-native English speakers. I lived in Asia for 10 years and have been teaching ESL and EFL for 15 years. I have an MAT in TESOL and a CELTA certificate.

Roni Klass

As an experienced Writing Center tutor for the last 18 years in Miami, FL, and Raleigh, NC, a former professor of Freshman Comp, Developmental and ESL Writing, a SAT tutor, an online tutor, and an editor of graduate student papers, theses, dissertations, as well as book chapters, online articles, and The Naked Truth about Publishers Clearing House, I am well skilled to help you with your writing/tutoring needs. My rates and hours are flexible, and I am happy to work with writers at all levels, from high school students to ESL learners to professionals. Students come away pleased with the friendly, knowledgable help I provide.

John Manuel

Is your head full of ideas that you can’t put into clear, concise writing? As a former instructor at the Duke Young Writer’s Camp and the Center for Documentary Studies, I can help you. My special skill is helping people organize their thoughts. Having worked with engineers, I’m also good at helping people translate technical ideas into plain language. My rates are flexible and I’m available at short notice.

TD Matheny

I am semi-retired college instructor with doctorate and over twenty years’ teaching and research experience in biological sciences. Courses taught range from Anatomy—Zoology and everything in-between. I have a great sense of humor and work well with students of all ages to make science fun and applicable. My services include: tutoring, editing, reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Alissa McElreath

I am an instructor of English (specializing in teaching composition), journal editor, and published writer ready to help you with your creative and academic writing projects through the organization, drafting, revision, and polishing stages. I have over 17 years of experience helping individuals learn to express themselves better through their writing, and I specialize in working with students with learning disabilities. I presented a workshop session, “Teaching to the Whole Student: Turning Failure to Success” at the 2012 Teaching Professor Conference, and continue to develop strategies for facilitating confidence in the writing process for students with disabilities. I am available to assist clients with their college and graduate school admissions essays and personal and career statements. I hold an MA in Creative Writing from Binghamton University and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Rochester. Affordable rates and flexible hours! I am also available to offer virtual assistance on an as-needed basis over FaceTime and/or Skype.

Christine Mojica

I’ve earned a M.S in English and have fifteen years combined experience editing, tutoring, and teaching college level writing, literature, and humanities classes. I am happy to work with writers at all levels, including ESL students and professors. My favorite pastimes include fastidiously proofreading and editing the works of others. I am dedicated to helping people improve their written communicate skills and believe that with patience, practice, and coaching , writing can be as evocative and effective as the most well-spoken words.

Molly Mullin

If you need help getting your message across, I can help. I have more than 20 years’ experience as a college writing professor, lecturer, and published author. I have a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and specialize in making complicated ideas clear.

Barbara Nagler

Are you frustrated because you can’t easily send and receive messages in English? With extensive experience serving internationals since 1989, I can help you achieve your personal and professional communication goals. Here and abroad, I’ve taught teacher-trainees, as well as graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students.

Bob Pleasants

I can help make your writing more clear and concise, ensuring that your ideas come through. I’ll help you with organization, grammar, mechanics, and general editing. I specialize in application essays, dissertations/theses, academic writing, and particularly in prepping manuscripts for publication. I’m a former UNC Writing Center Tutor and an editor with over seven years of experience working with professors, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Wade Ponder

Your success depends on the quality of your writing, so let an experienced editor provide the help you need. I will take your work as seriously as you do, provide top-quality editing, suggest improvements, meet your deadline, and answer your questions. Click on my name for details.

Anthony Robbins

I am a traditionally trained scholar, an experienced editor, and university teacher. My services include manuscript copy editing and proofreading in all disciplines (including preparation of all styles of in-text citations and bibliographies), English-language tutoring, help with writing resumes and cover letters for job applications, academic admissions materials, and writing grant applications.

Fran Salman

More than 20 years of experience in copyediting, including scholarly journals. Expert in grammar and syntax. Meticulous attention to detail. Able to work closely with clients to elicit their best ideas. Fluent in Spanish. Experience working with non-native English speakers. Flexible schedule. Willing to meet in person.

Jason Santoro

Personalized English classes, Tutoring, Editing/Proofreading, Translation
I offer English classes, tutoring and proofreading/editing services. With a master’s degree in English and 13 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers of the language, I can help you achieve your personal language goals. Private and small group courses available. Spanish-English translation service also offered. Contact Jason at

Sam Schuth

I am a CRLA certified writing tutor, and have a Master’s degree in History from the College of William and Mary. I also have two years of experience working as a writing tutor at UNCW, where I taught students majoring in the humanities and the sciences. I specialize, though, in tutoring historical researching and writing. I can be reached by e-mail at to schedule an appointment.

Amanda Shapiro

I’m a word maven with an MFA in Writing and a passion for clear prose. I’m also a listener; it’s important to take the time to understand my students’ goals before diving in. I’ve worked in writing centers, as a writing coach, and as a freelance editor for the past six years. I specialize in application essays, personal statements, and academic writing in the humanities and social sciences. My rates are flexible, and my turnaround is fast.

Ben Shedlock

I use your writing project as a tool to build your skills as a writer. To make the most of sessions, I ask you to submit projects ahead of time and send you away with a session recap and revision plan. The preparation helps me focus on areas that most obscure your ideas, and the recap focuses your continued revisions on those same areas. I have helped undergraduates as well as experts in their field strengthen their writing by learning and leveraging the genre expectations every writing project has, from engineering journal articles to PowerPoints. I earned my MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. As a tutor, I helped nearly 200 writers and researchers clarify their ideas at Carnegie Mellon University’s Global Communication Center. I have particularly enjoyed helping non-native English speakers understand the culture behind our language.

Elizabeth Shestak

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by a Master’s of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland, I am well-equipped to coach, edit, and review any kind of writing on whatever level the client so chooses. I have worked with ESL clients on numerous occasions. To date I have revamped resumes, proofed grants for grammar, and edited book chapters for flow and consistency. I am also well-versed at workshopping fiction and poetry, and am happy to guide non-fiction writers in terms of their reportage and direction.

Christine Shia

I have an MA in Journalism, MFA in creative writing and 15 years of professional writing and editing experience to help with academic, creative, medical, business, or scientific publications. I work gently, positively and constructively with authors to present their work in the clearest rhetorical format for maximum impact.

Cristina Smith

I am a graduate of the master’s program at the School of Journalism at UNC. Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, done magazine writing and editing and worked for public radio as a producer. I now focus mainly on editing and writing, and most recently have edited lengthy research reports for social justice groups, magazine pieces for an online literary magazine, and personal essays. I have a flexible schedule and am available for quick turnarounds.

Theresa Stone

I have a M.Ed. in Global Education Policy, a B.A. in International Education and I am TESOL certified, with adult ESL instruction and tutoring experience through the Orange County Literacy Council. I am happy to help with English tutoring, editing, and writing skills development for non-native speakers. My extensive work history in academic administration and human resources also makes me qualified to assist with the review of your academic application materials, essays, cover letters, and other job placement documents.

Jennifer E. Sykes

I am a doctoral candidate in the social sciences who has previously worked as a copy editor, grant-writing assistant, and computational linguistics programmer. I enjoy working with people in the social and hard sciences to review their work for clarity and accuracy, be they native English speakers or not.

Elizabeth Vincent

I am an editor with experience working on academic papers and dissertations. I have taught English as a Second Language, both in the U.S. and in several locations overseas, in the past and enjoy working with writers whose native language is not English. I have a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale University, and a certificate in TESOL from University of California, San Diego. Please contact me for help with your writing. Fast turnaround and student rates available.

Dana Watson

I am an experienced former ESL instructor willing to help proofread and edit the papers of native and non-native speakers alike. I will be happy to work with manuscripts of all kinds: academic essays, theses and dissertations, papers for publication, or fiction. Formatting services are also available.

Sean Wellington

I currently teach two public speaking classes as well as an advanced grammar/writing course. I am available to assist international students and visiting scholars with public presentations and written work, particularly dissertations.

John Yewell

I have a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) from San Francisco State. I spent twenty years in journalism as both an editor and reporter, writing everything from magazine-style investigative pieces to book reviews. I have worked as the director of communications for an educational nonprofit and as a technical editor for Japanese engineers. I speak French and German, and can help foreign students make their writing in English sound native-quality. I have edited half a dozen books and written one novel. In short, whatever you’re writing—dissertations, papers, fiction or non-fiction—I can help you make it sing. I’m happy to coach one-on-one, or edit via email. I live in Durham. I conduct private memoir writing classes in Chapel Hill, and co-run a writing retreat program in France, Italy and the Outer Banks called Writeaways.
Contact me at, or call (831) 392-7062.