About Me

Brewer013Years of training in writing, editing, and teaching have molded me into a talented teacher-editor who can help students and clients craft and perfect their writing when the stakes are high.

An award-winning teacher: In my ten years teaching writing and literature in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, I won four teaching awards: two university wide awards, and two departmental awards. I have a talent for working one-on-one with students on their writing assignments, a skill I honed as graduate supervisor and lead tutor at the Wake Forest University Writing Center, and passion I have continued as a private writing tutor in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area for the past ten years.

An experienced editor and writer: I worked as Assistant Editor alongside my dissertation director, Editor Jeanne Moskal, at the Keats-Shelley Journal from 2005-2009, editing the academic prose of scholars writing about nineteenth-century British literature.  In that role I observed first-hand how even the most revered and experienced writers make mistakes in their writing. More recently, I have been hired as the new copyeditor for the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and served as the production editor for the most recent issue of the Keats-Shelley Journal.

Before beginning graduate school, I wrote for the Asheville Citizen-Times and The Philanthropy Journal of N.C.  In college I served as a staff writer, copy editor, and page editor for our campus weekly, The Old Gold & Black, and I held a writing, editing, and design internship with Wake Forest Magazine.

I have written essays or entries for the following journals, books, and encyclopedias: Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and People of Color in the Americas: The African-American Heritage of Freedom; Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Perioda/b: Auto/Biography Studies; and Teaching Laboring-Class British Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries [forthcoming]. For my dissertation, A Lady Novelist and the Late Eighteenth-Century Book Trade, I transcribed, edited, analyzed, and researched the 100 letters that eighteenth-century poet-novelist Charlotte Smith sent to her primary London publisher.  I defended my dissertation in January 2013. You can access it here.

A savvy college admissions coach: In my position as an admissions counselor for the Merit Scholarships Office at Wake Forest University, I evaluated college applications and helped award merit scholarships to talented high school seniors. Since becoming a private admissions coach, my students have been accepted to Duke University, U Cal Berkeley, UNC, Princeton, and Carnegie Mellon (with a full merit scholarship).

A biographer and book producer: My small book writing/publishing company, Legacy Storybooks, turns family history into compelling, well-narrated, illustrated books for children and young adults.  My work helping high school students learn to recognize and narrate their stories for college admissions essays goes hand-in-hand with the work I do for families who hire me to research, write, and produce a book about a beloved grandparent.

 Contact me: e d i t o r -at- w h e n w r i t i n g c o u n t s -dot- c o m