Editor & Coach
Perhaps you need help honing an argument, creating more vivid scenes, tightening your narrative, or sharpening your sentences. Perhaps you’re struggling to stay on track, or to tame an unwieldy chapter–or to figure out exactly what your challenges are.
As your coach and/or editor, I can help you make progress on your project. Whether you’re seeking general support and accountability, line edits, or feedback on structure, we’ll make a plan that responds to your needs.
Please email to discuss my services and rates.
“I’ve worked with Nell for several decades. She’s the best conceptual, structural and line editor I know of. She helps long-published professional writers to the next level, and gives talented newcomers the insights that help them tame sprawling drafts. Nell has achieved deep conceptual understanding of how complex long-form narrative works, and a practical, kind way with sentences, and with writers. She’s a rare talent.”
Founding director (ret.), Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism; clinical professor of the practice in narrative journalism, conference director, and writer-in-residence, Boston University; co-editor of Telling True Stories.
“Nell has a great ear, and an eye for the telling details that bring a subject to life. She is also a great colleague and collaborator. She doesn’t try to turn your work into her own, but helps you write in the best version of yourself.”
Health and science journalist for the New York Times, Scientific American, Boston Globe, others.