I’m an editor and proofreader who believes we all write better in community.
I remember the first time I showed up to a writing critique group. They met in the back of a grocery store, I didn’t know anyone there, and I’d only shown my writing to a few people before. I couldn’t have picked these people out as writers from a lineup of strangers. And I couldn’t have known that they, and the other writers I’ve met since, were going to be a big part of how I would learn to develop a writing practice, one that could eventually get me published. That first day, what I knew was that they were kind enough to set time aside to listen to each other.
I still feel lucky to have landed in that room. I’ve learned that I do my best work in a community where listening comes first —when all the analytical sharing about how to get better happens in a context where we’re committed to each others’ growth.
My collaborators are communicating what matters most—true stories in the service of shared meaning. You use storytelling to engage audiences with your humanities scholarship, memoirs, personal essays, art, or nonprofit outreach.
Together, we shine the spotlight on your most important ideas. Depending on what your project needs, I might hunt typos, find the right words, or organize sentences. Or we might explore the narrative structure that best serves your story.
I am experienced with the Chicago Manual of Style, which is one of the two style guides most familiar to American readers. As a copy editor, I’m not interested in convincing you to like the Oxford comma. The benefit of following one of these style guides the size of a dictionary is that it allows for consistency without you having to make a lot of decisions about details. If you want to weigh in, I’m happy to keep track of your house-style choices.
I got started working with words as a language teacher. I’m currently enrolled in professional development through the UC Berkeley Extension professional editing sequence (expected completion Spring 2022).
I primarily write songs, flash fiction, and middle-grade fiction. My experience growing through writing community is what got me excited about experiences like coworking sessions. I hope you’ll stop by sometime.
American English, academic English, MA in Classical Studies w/ concentration in Latin from UIUC (2008), writing for grade level, German B2 telc Certificate (2017)
Go-To Reference Works:
Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster Dictionary
AP Stylebook, Webster’s New World College Dictionary
Areas of Interest:
Health communications, humanities scholarship, nonfiction narrative for nonprofits and small businesses, memoir, fiction
From my collaborators . . .
I’m starting to feel a lot more confident about this book now that I’m seeing it after an editor’s touch. – Indie Author
When I need a pair of sharp eyes to review documents (of any kind), Adrielle is the first person I turn to. In addition to catching any spelling, grammar, or formatting errors, Adrielle anticipates what questions the readers will have, and she identifies the missing elements that will make the content easier to comprehend. She . . . has experience leading writers and designers on projects. Adrielle turns my rough drafts into polished and professional pieces, and it is a pleasure to work with her.Jennifer Recklet Tassi
Program Manager for International Families, MIT Medical
I always struggled with the stylistic aspects of paper writing. Despite putting in a lot of effort, I would be admonished very often by referees for my writing. Even when paying for professional scientific editing I found that most scientific editors are not aware enough of the stylistic subtleties of math papers. On the other hand as a result of Adrielle’s editing, I got—for the very first time in my career—a referee report complimenting my writing. I cannot recommend her highly enough!Prof. Tomer M. Schlank
Einstein Institute of Mathematics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
I’m a Chinese graduate student in Math, and English is my weak spot when it comes to academic writing. I appreciated Adrielle’s editing, because she noticed my writing “bad habits” and provided suitable suggestions. I was also grateful that when she suggested rewriting a sentence, she would take the extra time to offer multiple options for me to choose from. That way I could decide which wording fit the context best. My paper reads more smoothly now. Thank you, Adrielle!Ang Li
Graduate Student, University of Kentucky Dept. of Mathematics
Editing sample packet, available right now.
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Documents I’ve worked on . . .
Donor-facing copy for nonprofits including annual reports, quarterly newsletters, and information packets
Academic journals, research, and job application materials
Business blogs, email marketing, press releases, and cover letters
Nonfiction narrative, art retrospectives
Dystopian science fiction
Nonprofit print and digital collateral including annual reports, magazines, quarterly newsletters, and information packets for volunteers
Website copy for small businessesProofreading Testimonial:
“This is exactly what we needed. I have been too distracted by the colors and layout to really focus on the things that you were able to notice, summarize, and improve. And even if I could focus, I still wouldn’t have had your perspective or had fresh eyes. This is great!”
Memoir, autofiction, and creative nonfiction
Short stories and literary fiction
YA science fiction and fantasy
Cozy and investigator/caper mysteries
Please note: Due to time constraints, I’m currently not offering beta reading services.