Kelsie McWilliams is a Writing and Editing Professional in the Denver area who is seeking professional contract and freelance opportunities. She has 10 years of experience writing and editing and 5 years of experience teaching writing to adults in various higher education environments.
Kelsie attended the University of Colorado Denver and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English Writing and Creative Writing as well as minors in History and Interdisciplinary Research Methods. That same year, she started graduate school and began teaching college-level writing her first semester. In May 2014, Kelsie received her MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing along with her TESOL certification.
Kelsie has 5 years of experience teaching English classes at multiple institutions in the Denver area. She taught English composition I & II for two years in both the English department and the Pre-Collegiate Development Program for the University of Colorado Denver. She’s also taught classes in English as a second language (ESL) for the University of Denver and for the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. In addition to teaching in a classroom setting, Kelsie has 7 years of experience as a writing consultant at the Writing Center at CU Denver, where she works individually with undergraduate and graduate students on all types of writing. In this role, she has spent many years consulting with students at CU Anschutz, a renowned academic health center that is part of the CU system, which has given her ample experience reviewing science and medical writing. After 5 years as a writing consultant at CU Denver’s Writing Center, Kelsie has become a supervisor, which involves not only working with students but also mentoring and coaching other writing consultants. Overall, Kelsie has an extensive background in adult education and has demonstrated continued success in teaching writing, composition, research, and English language acquisition.
In addition to teaching, Kelsie’s background includes research and copywriting. As a graduate student, Kelsie produced a 114-page master’s thesis on the rhetoric of trauma. She spent a year reviewing relevant academic scholarship as well as studying and coding the speeches of Former President Barack Obama, specifically in response to the Aurora theater shooting, Superstorm Sandy, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Kelsie’s research has focused extensively on the relationship between trauma, the media, language, and healing. Her work has become increasingly relevant in a culture defined by 24-hour news coverage and terrorism. In addition to her graduate work, Kelsie worked as a research writer for Volume Public Relations, where her primary responsibility was reading, summarizing, and synthesizing cognitive research through a PR lens. While much of Kelsie’s experience is anchored in academic writing, she also has experience in journalism and technical writing. During her final year of undergraduate education, she worked as the news editor for the Sentry, the University of Colorado Denver’s student-run newspaper. Currently, she writes and edits copy for a virtual assistant developed by a major technology company.
Kelsie’s experience also includes copyediting and proofreading, primarily for academic clients. She has edited theses and dissertations on topics such as English language acquisition in public education; water distribution in Chennai, India; perceptions of instructional leadership in secondary education; historic preservation and heritage tourism in Saudi Arabia; interviewer variation in standardized tests for English language proficiency; distributed optimal power flow and semidefinite programming; transgendered participants in speech and debate competitions; and more. Further, Kelsie also reviews and edits creative writing and career documents in all fields, including resumes, CVs, and personal statements.
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