* Dissertations

* Essays

* Personal and professional letters and other documents

* Letters of intent, med school applications

* Poster, brochure, and flyer layout

* Resumés

* Writing Samples

I typically work by sitting down with a client in a cafe or library in downtown Berkeley or on the Cal campus and editing the paper line by line. This conference arrangement allows me to make sure that I understand what the client means. This is the best way to guarantee that clients' prose means what they want it to mean and what they think it means. How long this takes depends on the facility with English in the original document as well as on the clarity and organization of the ideas. With some people this comes out to 2 or 3 pages an hour. However, in such cases my clients are very satisfied with the work because they can see first hand the effort that goes into the editing. Editing can be a very time consuming job. On the other hand, if there are very few mistakes, the process will proceed much more rapidly.

Depending on the quality of the English and the complexity of the original argument, I can do this without the author present. However, other disciplines about I know virtually nothing require  joint editing sessions which can be conducted in person or over the internet with Skype and document sharing technology including Google Documents. On the other hand, I have had success in the solo approach with humanities dissertations, the papers of public health and epidemiology professionals, mechanical engineers, political scientists, game theorists, psychologists, and with letters of application for college teaching positions, hospital residencies, and with statements for admission to graduate schools

Writing Samples

As an undergraduate, I studied Greek, Latin, Old English, Middle English and German and received a degree in Classics Summa cum Laude. I earned a PhD in Comparative Literature at U. C. Berkeley, and I taught English there for 5 years as a GSI (Graduate Student Instructor.) I was awarded the university’s Outstanding GSI Award, and on the strength of my teaching, I was an adjunct professor there for three years after receiving my PhD. As an adjunct professor, I taught writing, literature, philosophy, mythology, Greek drama, and Latin in the Departments of Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, and Classics.

I have also taught at an ESL school in downtown Berkeley and served as an English and writing tutor to students of all levels, from junior and senior high school, through undergraduate and graduate students, to professionals including businesspeople, lawyers, psychologists, engineers, physicists, PhDs, and visiting Cal professors.

I have worked as a professional editor, speaking and presentation coach, copywriter, grant writer, web site content provider, and general manager for a dot-com specializing in literacy issues. Additionally, I worked for Educational Testing Services (ETS) for seven years scoring GMAT, TOEFL, and GRE essays and in test development.