About Me

The first thing you need to know about me is that I love words. I’ve always loved words, apparently – according to my parents, I liked to store stacks of books in my crib as a toddler, and I was always thinking up stories as a kid. More recently, I’ve seen my love of words influence my education, career, and volunteer work. I’m passionate about communication, and I get excited about helping people get their point across as clearly and effectively as possible. I love words, and I love using them well. I know I’m a little unusual that way, but it works for me, so I can work for you.

My Experience

Academic: Well, first of all, I’m a student: I graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a BA in English and History in 2008, and I’m currently working on a Master’s degree at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. I enjoy helping my fellow students improve their skills in my role as Regent’s Writing Center Coordinator. In addition to my own studies, my academic experience includes two years as a teaching/research assistant to an undergrad history professor, Dr. Melissa Harkrider. The biggest part of my job was editing the footnotes and bibliography for this book; I also got to help proofread the entire manuscript just before it was published. Earlier, I worked as a research assistant for a grad-level theology professor. Find more on my experience in academic writing and editing here.

Corporate: I’ve spent three years as a Communications Specialist/Director for two small staffing firms. In addition to improving countless resumes, I wrote and edited correspondence, newsletters, press releases, and more. I became the de facto marketing department for these businesses, so I know how to write to impress clients and drive sales.

Church/Non-Profit: In my spare time, I help The Village Presbyterian Church (Northbrook, Illinois) communicate its vision and plans for children’s ministry by writing and designing materials like brochures and web pages. More recently, I helped edit the church’s new doctrinal statement. I’ve also written blog posts and part of a Lenten devotional booklet for World Vision’s student advocacy division.

Web Content: In addition to writing for the websites of multiple companies and non-profit organizations, I’ve served as the administrator and main writer for a blog focused on global health and social justice issues.

Newspaper Editing: I spent two years working as a copy editor for The Wheaton Record, a weekly college newspaper with high journalistic standards (many of the writers and editors I worked with have since gone into professional reporting). This role included enforcing AP style guidelines for all articles.

Interested? Get in touch!

To learn more about me, my experience, and what I can do for you, contact me at hg.edits@gmail.com. All inquiries welcome!