Words, words, words.
Freelance Writing, Editing, and Coaching
Bring your passion to the page.
There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered: ... as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter. A major writer combines these three--storyteller, teacher, enchanter--but it is the enchanter that predominates.... The three facets of the great writer--magic, story, lesson--are prone to blend in one impression of unified and unique radiance since the magic of art may be present in the very bones of the story, in the very marrow of thought.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
Left Brain Editing
Copy editing offered with respect for the style, imaginative gifts, skills, and style you bring to the page.
Compassionate critiques and thoughtful developmental editing, to enhance the clarity, depth, sensitivity, originality, and gravity (or hilarity) with which you explore your subject. Tangential, related readings suggested for inspiration and instruction.
Coaching for clarity, precision, style, and distinction. We can focus on a particular project, or aim in a more general way at enhancing your writing skills. Working one-on-one -- face-to-face or long distance -- I can help you bring energy, depth, and nuance to your prose, and lend new impetus to your writing life.
A lifelong passion for writing has guided me over terrain rough and smooth from adventures in journalism to fiction and creative nonfiction. I love to share what I have learned by helping aspiring and seasoned writers gain insights into their work. Toward that end, it is vital to engage your questions and concerns at the outset, as we work together to bring your writing into its best, most luminous, and original form. As an editor, I respect all that makes an individual writer’s voice distinctive and compelling. For those newer to writing, the way may appear long and at times obscure, but the rewards are many. Sharp eyes and ears, a love of the written word, and a willingness to take risks may be all that's required.
My background includes an MFA in prose, and more than twenty-five years’ experience working with writers and writing for the public. I have published innumerable nonfiction pieces in local and metro Boston newspapers and arts and literary magazines, including Art New England, the Boston Globe, Boston Review, and Harvard Review, among others. My fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Harvard Review, Circa, Wild Apples: A Journal of Nature, Art, and Inquiry, Poetry Porch, the T.J. Eckleburg Review (Johns Hopkins), etc.
I bring energy, enthusiasm, and an informed, supportive, and flexible approach to working with writers. On occasion and as appropriate, I may suggest readings within your genre to illustrate the boundless variety available to those who delight in the process of invention.
Please be in touch if you need copy editing services, inspiration, guidance, and support with your latest project. I am always happy to get together over a cappuccino to discuss in more detail or dialog via email and phone, as geography or time constraints dictate.
New and experienced writers
of fiction, memoir, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, social history, biography, and children's stories.
Nonprofit and for-profit businesses, organizations, and institutions.
Arts and humanities publications.
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Working with Kathryn Leibowitz has been an absolute joy. Her dedication and professionalism have exceeded all of my expectations. She has taken a genuine interest in my work and given it a powerful voice for all to hear. She continuously demonstrated the ability to take my research, writing, and ramblings and turn them into wonderful coherent essays. Without Kathryn’s stellar abilities my book would not be what today. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with Kathryn Liebowitz. (CG, 2018-2019)
Kathryn Liebowitz is the first editor I have ever used and now, having had the pleasure of working with her over two years, I would never consider another. Kathryn immediately grasped what I was trying for in my memoir. With sensitivity and tact, she wrote a detailed critique that made all the difference in revision, strengthening the story in countless ways. Given her encouragement, my writing improved. Her support buoyed me through lazy and dark moments; I am grateful to have found such a skilled editor.
(HB, 2017 - 2019)
Kathryn’s feedback on the first draft of my memoir provided the encouragement I needed to take the next step. From our first meeting to her final comprehensive written critique, it was obvious that she knows her craft and is able to communicate her ideas effectively. My manuscript is much improved due to her input. (SG, 2017)
Kathryn’s editing skills were invaluable in bringing my book, Yoga Unfettered, Functional Yoga for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, and the weather-impervious companion flashcards, Yoga To Go, to fruition. My publications have successfully been in the marketplace since 2015 and I would not change a thing, be it editing, layout, or design, which Kathryn also had a hand in.
Working with Kathryn was both a pleasure and a joy, enhanced by her perpetual enthusiasm for the project, even on a few of our marathon workdays. She kept me on task and we met my deadlines. Her skills made for a concise finished work that did not lose sight of my message or my voice.
(Hellen Yetman-Bellows, 2016)
Kathryn has, at her fingertips, exactly the words you need . . . the words you knew you wanted, the words to best express precisely what is in your mind and your heart. She is a master wordsmith whose exceptional empathy, for the story and the writer, allows her to guide and enrich the writing process. Her goal is always to further the work, and to grow the writer.
Brevity is the soul of wit. Get in touch, and I'll respond promptly. I look forward to discussing your work, and your editorial or coaching needs.