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Marilyn Adams

I am a 2006 graduate of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication and have spent the last three years writing and editing content professionally for websites, emails, print materials, and blogs. Now, I’d like to expand and start helping others with their writing. I am skilled at creating tone and voice and varying it to suit the intended audience. I can help you clean up and tighten your writing when you feel like it’s gotten away from you, or I can help you expand upon ideas and fight writer’s block. I live in Durham and am happy to meet in the surrounding Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham area to help, if necessary.

Stuart Albright

For over 15 years, I have been a freelance editor, writer, publisher, and teacher, working closely with a wide range of writers on projects both small (essays, cover letters) and large (novels for national publication.) I pride myself on my professionalism, empathy, and ability to adapt my assistance to writers of all backgrounds and ability levels. I value integrity in my work above all else.

Charles J. Alden

I offer scientific and technical editing assistance for dissertations, journal articles, research reports, and grant applications and specialize in helping foreign-born authors. I have a Ph.D. in biophysics and was managing editor for technical publications for the National Toxicology Program (Public Health Service) from 1983-2014. I have 40 years of technical editing experience in a wide variety of disciplines, including assisting authors from NASA, EPA, and the NIH as well as universities, and I can help you too.

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.

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.

Alexandra Brozena

I offer science and technical editing for peer-reviewed research manuscripts, scientific proposals, dissertations, research statements, slides, and other academic publications. With my background in Chemistry (Ph.D.), Materials Science, Nanoscience, Environmental Science (B.A.), Chemical Engineering (post-doctoral), and Writing (B.A. in English), I am uniquely positioned to polish a wide range of scientific materials. I provide more than just proof-reading, editing for style, flow, comprehension and technical feedback to help clarify your writing and argument. I’m also experienced in APA and MLA formatting for publications in the social sciences and humanities. I have provided this service in a university setting since 2009 and have helped many scientists publish with the aid of my constructive comments and editing. For more information, please visit or email me at to discuss your science editing needs.

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.

Russell Carstens

I am a proofreader/copy editor/writer with over ten years of professional experience. My career began in 2005, when I wrote an album review for Mass Appeal magazine. In 2007 I was recognized as the Top Writer in Monmouth University’s Dept. of Communication. Soon after, I worked for Princeton Theological Seminary, writing articles for their alumni magazine, press releases, and copy for brochures. After graduating with my M.A. in Corporate and Public Communication, in 2015 I held a position as Proofreading Coordinator for the Marketing Dept. of Hearing Life in Somerset, NJ. I have lent my skills to authors/manuscripts, community-based magazines, and various other publications. I look forward to working with you to ensure that your writing is clear, effective and error-free.

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!

Caroline Connor

I can help you with any writing or editing needs. I specialize in science editing but also work with graduate students in a variety of fields. My experience includes scientific report writing, manuscript preparation, grant editing, and assistance with fellowship applications. I have helped my clients address reviewer comments following article submission. I also work with graduate students to improve the flow and readability of papers. Please contact me at

Amanda Barnes Cook

“I specialize in editing papers, articles, books, and dissertations. I have a PhD in Political Science and have completed coursework in Manuscript Editing from the University of Chicago. Having taught Political Theory courses at UNC, I am in a perfect position to help you tweak your thesis statement, develop your argument, and improve your writing’s organization and clarity. I have professional experience editing academic articles, dissertation chapters, and book manuscripts. I also have experience formatting theses and dissertations to meet the UNC Graduate School’s Guidelines. I look forward to collaborating on 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.

Charlene R. Couch, PhD

Need someone you can trust to take care of the details? Need to develop a complex idea or present a compelling argument? Click on my name above and put more than 20 years of experience in university writing and editing to work for you. I am a freelance editor in the Triangle area with a background in the biological sciences. I am available for quick turnaround of your academic, business or technical work, from basic proofreading to major edits. I can help you communicate your ideas more effectively, format your dissertation to meet university guidelines, or improve the organization, flow and clarity of your written communications. I enjoy editing for undergraduate and graduate students, international students and professionals. Please contact me at

Myra Emerson

I have 20 years’ experience editing academic papers, articles, and dissertations, and I specialize in ESL editing. I also do English language tutoring. My qualifications include an MA degree in sociology, a JD degree, and extensive research experience.

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.

Howard M. Fried

I am a Certified Editor with the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and a recently retired UNC Professor of Biochemistry. For 34+ years I have written, reviewed, and edited all types of documents in the life sciences. I have also performed editorial services for my Department, a publishing company, and a leading professional scientific editing company. My service is comprehensive, covering grammar, punctuation, word usage, style, figures, graphs, and tables, references and citations, logic, organization, and consistency. I am primarily interested in improving the writing and content of research papers and grant proposals and in assisting with the planning and development of such documents. I am also available to assist undergraduate students, especially ESL/International students, with term papers and reports, and to assist graduate students in preparing dissertations.

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.

Cindy Gross

I am a consulting editor with 8+ years of experience and expertise in STEM and finance editing. I specialize in editing peer-reviewed manuscripts, graduate dissertations, scientific proposals, and research statements. Additionally, I have experience proofreading layout materials line-by-line against approved copy. My editing style is best described as collaborative and pragmatic. It is my intention to improve your manuscript by highlighting and correcting inconsistencies, errors, wordiness, and grammar errors and misspellings, while maintaining your original voice. Please see my Web site at or E-mail me at with questions or for an estimate.

Stephanie Holmer

Tired of re-reading your thesis, dissertation, or manuscript? Need a fresh pair of eyes to review the grammar, spelling, and word choice in your paper? Want suggestions for how to improve your cover letter, application, or resume? Perhaps English is your second language and you need English language editing services? Try Professional Editing For You! You can have your document edited by an experienced academic editor. I have a PhD from Duke University and over 2 years of experience as a professional academic editor. I specialize in biomedical research editing, but I have extensive experience in many disciplines and types of documents, including academic writing and professional applications, and with ESL writers. Contact me for a quote at . Please send a one-page sample of your writing and total word count for your project for a faster estimate.

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.

Candis LaPrade

I am an experienced editor who offers assistance with academic and nonacademic writing to students, faculty members, and others online and in person. I have a Ph.D. in English and over 30 years of experience teaching and editing many types of writing. My services include help with exploring and generating ideas, organization, style, proofreading, and formatting. Email address:

Christine Mojica

I am a meticulous proofreader with a Master degree in English and experience as a college writing instructor and a writing tutor. I enjoy the challenge of creating a clear, concise, well supported piece of writing that is properly organized and free of grammatical and mechanical errors. While the project is always your own, I can also assist you with style, voice, generating ideas and conveying complex ones. I offer assistance with both academic and nonacademic writing, and my services can take place via e-mail and Skype. One-on-one meetings may be arranged. Email address:

Kristen Moore

UNC doctoral students: Do you detest the idea of formatting your dissertation? Do you wish someone would do it for you? We have expertise formatting dissertations in Microsoft Word according to the UNC Graduate School Guidelines. These documents can be in the proposal stage, right before submission to the graduate school or after receiving formatting flags from the graduate school. We have references from other satisfied students upon request. If you would like more information on our services please email

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.

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.

Dr. Genevieve Romeo

I have a Ph.D. in English literature and nearly 15 years of teaching, writing, and editing experience. I have helped students with academic essays, dissertations, theses, journal articles, grant proposals, resumes, and application materials. I look forward to helping you turn that frustrating project into something that you are proud to have written! I am also available to help you sharpen your English language skills or prepare for the GRE verbal exam. I can met in-person or collaborate via GoogleDocs. My rates are negotiable depending on the type of work you would like me to do. Please contact me for a consultation!

Deepa Sanyal

Hello international students, researchers and visiting faculty embarking upon your theses, dissertations, and professional papers. I can assist you with key phases of the research process – identifying and developing your topic, formulating your research question, conducting library searches, organizing your literature review – and with key aspects of academic writing – positioning, expository prose, interpretation and discussion of data, summaries, critiques, and preparing your paper for submission and/or publication.

I have over 20 years of experience as an education and planning professional. I currently work as an International Visiting Faculty and Dissertation Supervisor and am Associate Editor of an open access academic journal. My qualifications include a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems, a MA in Urban Planning and Policy and a BA in English Literature.

I’m available to consult with you face-to-face, via email or video Skype. My rates are flexible depending on your requirements and timeline. Please contact me at for an initial consultation.

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.

Jane Shealy

I have long-standing relationships with scholars and researchers, who have appeared in popular media venues such as the TODAY Show, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine & The New York Times, and have published in top-tier academic journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Genetics, and Social Forces. I specialize in ESL editing and work for universities foreign and domestic including the University of North Carolina, Duke, National University of Hong Kong, National University of Korea, and Beijing, Peking and Tsinghua universities. I typically edit journal articles, dissertations, research and personal statements, job and sales presentations, and professional correspondence. I have teamed up with graphic artists and designers to publish reports for grant foundations such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and about a dozen books, including the graduate text, Racism in Post-Race America. I love my work as an editor because it allows me to help others become successful authors. I can be reached at

Jonathan Susser

I am always eager to help others with their writing. As a graduate student in psychology, I have prepared manuscripts, conferences presentations, and theses. I have also worked with my fellow students to enhance the overall flow and clarity of their reports and grant applications. For the past 1.5 years, I have written and edited blog articles for UNC’s Science Writing and Communication club. I specialize in APA style and acted as a teaching assistant for a writing-intensive research methods course for 4 years.

Alice Terry

Proactive support when tutoring one-on-one or editing online is my specialty. Writing-as-process, be it creative, academic or technical, is my area of expertise. Regarding effective writing and editing skills, one hopes to shape a body of work that is: clear, complete and concise. A professional educator and published writer, I am committed to guiding and supporting students of all ages in whatever communication endeavors they have chosen to undertake.

Margy Thomas, 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.

Elizabeth Vincent

As an editor for a university-based international research and teaching center, I edit research papers by authors from many different fields, ranging from veterinary science to anthropology, sociology, and political science. I have also edited college application essays for high school seniors, master’s theses, and PhD dissertations. I am a certified teacher of English as a second language and am comfortable working with non-native speakers. I am happy to meet in person or work with you by email. My rate depends upon the length of your document, the amount of editing needed (from proofreading to more substantive editing), and the speed with which the editing needs to be done. Please contact me for your editing needs.

Sean Wellington

I live in Carrboro and have been teaching for many years in many places: social studies and humanities in New York, ESL in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania, drama in Argentina, public speaking and TESOL teacher training here in the Triangle. I received my Masters in Teaching in 2005 and am a fully-certified secondary school teacher. I am open to working with anyone looking for support, particularly international students, and specialize in editing and public speaking. At this time, my schedule is somewhat flexible. Please contact me if you have any questions or to discuss your project(s).

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.