Kelsie McWilliams
Writer & Editor

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.

If you have a position available for a talented and experienced writer and/or editor,
then you can get in touch with Kelsie by using the form on the hire page.

Summary of Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience developing curriculum through online learning management systems, such as Canvas and Blackboard, for writing and composition in higher education
  • 6+ years of experience teaching grammatical and mechanical concepts to undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds and disciplines
  • 6+ years of experience developing audience-specific messaging in marketing and promotional materials
  • 9 years of freelance experience in editing and proofreading for private clients from various disciplines and industries
  • Master’s degree in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing


Education

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER, Denver, CO

5/2014

M.A. in Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing
GPA – 4.0

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER, Denver, CO

5/2012

B.A. in English Writing and Creative Writing
Minors in History and Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Work Experience

The Writing Center at CU Denver, Denver, CO

8/2010 – Present

Supervisor

  • Compose, scaffold, and revise Canvas courses in writing, grammar, and pedagogy for 20+ employees
  • Collaborate and network with campus resources to provide 50+ instructional workshops and presentations per semester for students of various levels and disciplines
  • Mentor employees in developing and improving their writing and teaching skills

Writing Consultant

  • Develop, edit, and proofread promotional copy for brochures, educational materials, web content, and testimonials to ensure adherence to in-house and university style guidelines
  • Provide in-person and online feedback to undergraduate and graduate students on various styles of writing, including genres in business, science, and medical writing
  • Create and edit educational writing workshops using PowerPoint and Prezi

Volume Public Relations, Highlands Ranch, CO

8/2015 – 8/2016

Research Writer

  • Wrote 1-2 page informational briefs reviewing and synthesizing cognitive research for lay readers
  • Composed trade magazine articles, according to APA style guidelines, on current, evidence-based public relations strategies

Calvary Castle Rock, Castle Rock, CO

1/2012 – 3/2015

Volunteer Copywriter and Editor

  • Wrote statement of beliefs, ministry descriptions, and staff bios for church website
  • Edited and proofread event descriptions and promotional materials for grammar, concision, and formatting

Sentry, CU Denver, Denver, CO

7/2011 – 5/2012

News Editor

  • Wrote 5+ articles per week for the arts/culture, news, and politics sections of the Sentry
  • Proofread up to 10 news articles per week, reviewing for AP style, grammar, mechanics, and syntax
  • Conducted workshops to educate staff writers on the elements of journalistic style

Teaching Experience

University of Denver, English Language Center, Denver, CO

8/2014 – Present

English Language Instructor

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Denver, CO

9/2016 – 12/2016

English Language Instructor

CU Denver English Department and Pre-Collegiate Development Program, Denver, CO

5/2012 – 5/2016

Composition Instructor


Freelance Experience

Writer & Editor

7/2007 – Present

  • Review academic manuscripts in various disciplines for concerns related to composition, such as organization, audience, continuity, and adherence to genre conventions
  • Review creative works of fiction and non-fiction for plot and character development as well as grammatical and proofreading concerns
  • Proofread for grammatical and mechanical errors as well as syntactical clarity and adherence to style guidelines

Education

CU Denver
Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing
TESOL Certification
Master’s Thesis
Director: Amy Vidali
“Responding to Trauma: How Presidential Discourses Reshape the Dialogues of Healing”

M.A.

May 2014

CU Denver
English Writing: Professional Writing
Minors in History and Interdisciplinary Research Methods
University Honors distinction
With Distinction

B.A.

May 2012

CU Denver
English: Creative Writing
summa cum laude
Honors Thesis
Director: Nicky Beer
“Someone’s Land, Someone’s Grave”: Collection of Poems

B.A.

May 2012

Academic Employment

Supervisor/Writing Consultant, Writing Center, CU Denver

8/2010 – Present

English Language Instructor, English Language Center, University of Denver

8/2014 – Present

English Instructor, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

10/2016 – 12/2016

Pre-Collegiate Composition Instructor, CU Denver

2014 & 2016

Composition Instructor, CU Denver

8/2012 – 5/2014

News Editor, CU Sentry, CU Denver

7/2011 – 5/2012


Professional Employment

Copywriter, SDL PLC: Language Translation and Content Management Company

4/2017 – Present

Freelance Copywriter/Editor

7/2007 – Present

Research Writer, Volume Public Relations

8/2015 – 8/2016

Research & Teaching Areas

Research Areas:

ESL/ELL Writing
Interdisciplinary Learning
Communication and Media Studies
Disability Studies
Rhetoric of Trauma
Presidential Rhetoric

Teaching Areas:

ESL/ELL Writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Core Composition I & II
Graduate-Level Writing
Literature Reviews
Scientific and Medical Writing

Courses Taught

Adult Education

General Education Development (GED) Preparation

Fall 2016

Hospitality Workstyles

Fall 2016

Graduate

Graduate Writing Support: Research and Literature Reviews

Fall 2014 – Spring 2016

Intermediate High Oral Communications

Spring 2015

Intermediate Low Oral Communications

Winter 2015

Intermediate Low Applied Grammar

Winter 2015

Foundations of Reading

Fall 2014

Undergraduate

Intermediate High Oral Communications

Spring 2015

Intermediate Low Oral Communications

Winter 2015

Intermediate Low Applied Grammar

Winter 2015

Foundations of Reading

Fall 2014

Core Composition II

2013 – 2014

Core Composition I

2012 – 2014

High School

Core Composition I

2014 & 2016

Selected Publications

Master’s Thesis

“Responding to Trauma: How Presidential Discourses Reshape the Dialogues of Healing.” Master’s thesis. Director: Amy Vidali. CU Denver. May 2014.

Student Profiles

“Mielat Asrat.” Writing Center Student Success Story. CU Denver. March 2016.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/InfoforStudents/Pages/studentsuccess.aspx

“Amani al-Haddad.” Writing Center Student Success Story. CU Denver. June 2014.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/InfoforStudents/Pages/studentsuccess.aspx

“Mengle Han.” Writing Center Student Success Story. CU Denver. June 2014.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/InfoforStudents/Pages/studentsuccess.aspx

“Haiyue Liu.” Writing Center Student Success Story. CU Denver. October 2013.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/InfoforStudents/Pages/studentsuccess.aspx

“Ana Olivas.” Writing Center Student Success Story. CU Denver. December 2013.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Centers/writing/InfoforStudents/Pages/studentsuccess.aspx

In-House

“Review of English Grammar for Students of Spanish by Emily Spinelli.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. December 2011.

“Review of On Ethnography: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research by Shirley Brice Heath and Brian V. Street.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. May 2013.

“Review of Preventing Plagiarism: Tips and Techniques by Laura Hennessey DeSena.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. December 2014.

“Review of The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. December 2013.

“Review of The Well-Crafted Sentence: A Writer’s Guide to Style by Nora Bacon.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. December 2012.

“Review of “They Say/I Say” by Gerald Graff and Cathy Berkenstein.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. May 2013.

“Review of Trauma and the Teaching of Writing by Shane Borrowman.” Writing Center Book Review. CU Denver. May 2014.

Administration and Supervisory Responsibilities

Hiring and Training of Staff

  • Observe and evaluate 7-8 consultants twice a semester. Arrange meetings to discuss observations.
  • Conduct regular professional development sessions on teaching various concepts, including verb tense, literature reviews, graduate-level writing, citation, etc.
  • Review 5-10 applications and conduct interviews every semester.

5/2015 – Present

Website Management

  • Create informational and promotional content for Writing Center website. Update information on pages for satellite locations, workshops, handouts, student success stories, etc.

5/2015 – Present

Scheduling

  • Coordinate the availability of 20+ employees to create a weekly schedule for 9 satellite locations and platforms.

5/2015 – 8/2016

Assessment

  • Evaluate writing samples to ensure improvement and revision across writing center sessions.
  • Evaluate timed writing samples from advanced high school students. Place students in the appropriate college-level English course.
  • Evaluate and score timed writing assessments for the departments of Physical Therapy and Pharmacology. Determine which students fall below the pre-determined threshold and require writing assistance.

5/2014 – Present

Curriculum Development

  • Plan major assignments, scaffold lessons, compile reading materials, and grade essays.
  • Design and implement consultant training modules on grammar and ESL instruction in Canvas.

8/2012 – Present

Outreach and Collaboration

  • Coordinate events and workshops for satellite locations, courses, resource fairs, and other campus departments. Create necessary educational resources and adapt them for the intended audience.

8/2010 – Present

Workshops and Trainings Conducted

In-House Publications for Training Purposes

“Working with English Language Learners.” Writing Center Training Course. CU Denver. December 2016.

“Overview of Error Patterns Related to Singular/Plural Issues in Writing.” Writing Center Training Material. CU Denver. April 2016.

“How to Give Effective and Engaging Conference Presentations.” Writing Center Training Material. CU Denver. April 2016.

“Overview of the Past Progressive and Present Progressive Tenses.” Writing Center Training Material. CU Denver. February 2016.

“Clarity & Concision.” Writing Center Handout. CU Denver. February 2016.

“Overview of MLA, APA, and Chicago Citation Styles.” Writing Center Training Presentation. CU Denver. May 2014.

“Genre Conventions, Guidelines, and Samples.” Writing Center Handbook. CU Denver. May 2011.

In-House Workshops Conducted

Crafting a Literature Review

2013 – Present

MLA & APA Basics

2013 – 2015

English Grammar and Mechanics

2013 – 2015

Effective Resumes and Cover Letters

2014

The Basics of PowerPoint Creation and Presentation

2012 – 2013

In-House Publications for Training Purposes

“Basics of Scientific Writing.” Invited presentation for the BA/BS to MD Program. CU Denver, June 2017.

“Composing Abstracts for Public Health Conferences.” Invited presentation for the School of Public Health. CU Anschutz, June 2017.

“Composing a Literature Review and Citing Sources in APA Style.” Invited presentation for HDFR 3250. CU Denver, March 2017.

“Developing an Argument and Using Citation.” Invited presentation for COMM 1021. CU Denver, March 2017.

“Conducting Research and Using APA Citation.” Invited presentation for HDFR 2200. CU Denver, March 2017.

“Argument and Paragraph Structure in Scholarship Essays.” Invited presentation for the CU Denver Global Education/Study Abroad Office. CU Denver, February 2017.

“Literary Analysis and Developing a Thesis Statement.” Invited presentation for UNHL 3501. CU Denver, November 2016.

“Grant Writing for Health Professionals.” Invited presentation for medical students, residents, and faculty. Rocky Vista University, October 2016.

“GRE Timed Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English.” Invited presentation for the Learning Resource Center. CU Denver, September 2016.

“Graduate-Level Writing Expectations: Organizing Essays and Crafting Literature Reviews.” Invited presentation for HUMN 5924/SSCI 5023. CU Denver, March 2016.

“Crafting a Literature Review.” Invited presentation for INTE 6720. CU Denver, March 2016.

“Developing an Argument at the Graduate Level and Using MEAL to Organize an Essay.” Invited presentation for BUSN 6540. CU Denver, February 2016.

“Composing a Thesis Statement and Strategies for Effective Revision.” Invited presentation for LDAR 6630. CU Denver, February 2016.

“Graduate-Level Writing Expectations, Using MEAL to Organize Essays and Presenting Evidence.” Invited presentation for HUMN 5025. CU Denver, October 2015.

“Summary, Analysis, and Reflection in Annotated Bibliographies.” Invited presentation for ENGL 2030. CU Denver, October 2015.

“Resumes and CSARR Paragraphs for Personal Statements and Application Essays.” Invited presentation to Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach Programs CU Denver, June 2015.

“Resumes and Cover Letters for Graduate-Level Nursing Students.” Invited presentation for the Nursing Program. CU Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, March 2015.

“Composing Arguments, Writing Literature Reviews, and Developing Good Writing Habits in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” Invited presentation for HUMN 5924/SSCI 5023. CU Denver, March 2015.

“Writing Statements of Purpose and Service Project Proposals for Study Abroad Scholarships.” Invited presentation for the Office of Global Education. CU Denver, October 2014.

“Personal Statements and CVs vs. Resumes.” Invited presentation for Intercultural Club Beijing. CU Denver, April 2014.

“Advanced Usage of Evidence.” Invited presentation for SOCY 3490. CU Denver, February 2014.

“Composing Arguments and Advanced Usage of Evidence.” Invited presentation for HIST 1400. CU Denver, September 2013.

“Moving from a Research Agenda to an Outline and Abstract.” Invited presentation for ARCH 6686. CU Denver, September 2013.

“Introduction to Rhetorical Appeals.” Invited presentation for Upward Bound. CU Denver, February 2012.

“MEAL Paragraphs, Transitions, and Grammar.” Invited presentation for TRiO faculty. CU Denver, February 2012.

Selected Professional Development

Workshops Attended

“Scaffolding Writing and Meeting Course Outcomes.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2016

“Grading Writing with Rubrics and Comments.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2016

“Conducting Online Presentations via Zoom.” CU Online, CU Denver.

2016

“Writing for Condensed Courses.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2016

“Designing and Evaluating Writing Assignments.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2016

“GRE Timed Writing Prep.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2014

“Effective Revision.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2013

“Composing a Thesis Statement.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2012

“Designing, Integrating, and Evaluating Writing Assignments.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2012

“How to Teach Verb Tense in the Writing Center.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2011

Trainings Attended

“Conducting Effective and Purposeful Assessment for Writing Centers.” CWWTC Summer Retreat, CU Denver.

2017

“Applying Genre Theory to Unfamiliar Genres: Creative Writing, Healthcare Career Documents, and Business Writing.” Writing Center at CU Denver, CU Denver.

2017

“Strategies for Teaching LOCs to ELLs.” Writing Center at CU Denver, CU Denver.

2017

“Inspiring the Inner Reader: Best Practices for Teaching L2 Reading.” English Language Center, University of Denver.

2016

“Discovery Insights: Psychology-Driven Organizational Communication.” English Language Center, University of Denver.

2016

“ELLs and Intercultural Communication.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2016

“Business Writing and Career Documents for Healthcare Fields.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2015

“Student Advising and Registration Training.” English Language Center, University of Denver.

2015

“Sentence Level Consulting.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2015

“Mapping Strategies for Teaching Magazine Writing onto Science Writing.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2014

“How to Approach Graduate-Level Writing.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2014

“Working with Non-Native Speakers of English.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2013

“Teaching Magazine Writing in the Writing Center.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2012

“Addressing Plagiarism as Rhetorical Choice.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2012

“Grammar in Brush Strokes: Teaching Rhetorical Grammar.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2011

“Technical Genres: Literature Reviews, Policy Letters, and Memos.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2011

“Business Genres: Case Statements, Proposals, and Grants.” The Writing Center, CU Denver.

2011

Conference Presentations

“A Case Study of Leadership Roles in the Administration of English Language Acquisition Programs.” University Council on Educational Administration Convention. Denver, CO, November 2017. [Proposed]

“The Composition Classroom as Borderland: Combatting Linguistic Oppression in the University.” Colorado/Wyoming International Educators Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO, April 2017.

“Writing Center as Borderland: Combatting Linguistic Oppression in the University.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Greeley, CO, April 2017.

“Reflexive Practice: Why Not What.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Denver, CO, April 2016.

“Reaching Out: Methods for Establishing Connection and Support Across the Curriculum.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Salt Lake City, UT, November 2015.

“Acclimating to a New Environment: Helping Chinese ELLs Succeed in the Writing Center.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Boulder, CO, April 2015.

“Navigating the Role of Confidant and Consultant.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Denver, CO, April 2014.

Volunteer Work

Copywriter/Copyeditor for Calvary Castle Rock

2012 – 2016

University of Denver’s CultureFest

4/2015

Hire Kelsie

Writing Skills

Academic Writing:
Copy Writing:
ESL/ELL:
Resume Writing:
Application Essays/Personal Statements:
Business Writing:
Creative Writing:
Technical Writing:
Web Copy:
Blog Writing:

Editing Skills

Developmental Editing:
Copy Editing:
Proofreading:

Citation Styles

MLA:
APA:
Chicago:
AP:
AMA:
CSE:

Fields and Disciplines

  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Historical Fiction
  • Dissertations & Theses
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Politics
  • Rhetoric
  • Trauma

Research Interests

  • Trauma
  • Politics
  • Pets
  • International Studies
  • Globalization
  • Travel
Type of Work Pace (pages per hour) Rate
Proofreading 9–13 pph $30/hour
Editing, light copyediting 6–10 pph $30/hour
Editing, medium copyediting 3–6 pph $35/hour
Editing, heavy copyediting 1–3 pph $40/hour
Editing, website copyediting 3 pph $45/hour
Editing, developmental 1–5 pph $60/hour
Writing, any 1–3 pph $50/hour

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