Kelsie McWilliams
Writer & Editor

Kelsie McWilliams is a Writing and Editing Professional in the Denver area who is seeking professional full time 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 worked individually with undergraduate and graduate students on all types of writing. In this role, she spent many years consulting with students at CU Anschutz, a renowned academic health center that is part of the CU system, which gave her ample experience reviewing science and medical writing. After 5 years as a writing consultant at CU Denver’s Writing Center, Kelsie became a supervisor, which involved 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.

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

  • years of experience writing and editing for clients in various disciplines and industries
  • years of experience developing instructional resources, SEO content, and marketing materials
  • years of experience teaching academic, business, technical, science, medical, and creative writing
  • years of experience designing and developing curriculum for a variety of audiences
  • 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

Colorado State University Global – Remote/Aurora, CO

12/2017 – Present

Writing Center Coordinator

  • Direct a staff of 14 remote writing center consultants
  • Increased average number of writing consultations per month by 118% in 8 months
  • Develop policies, procedures, and performance metrics for one-on-one synchronous and asynchronous online consultations
  • Develop and maintain an online scheduling system for writing consultations using WCOnline
  • Implemented an asynchronous essay review platform in response to a student needs assessment
  • Promote and market writing center services via email and with targeted online course announcements
  • Create job descriptions and establish minimum qualifications for writing consultants
  • Developed interview materials and implemented procedures for onboarding and hiring
  • Interviewed 20+ applicants and hired 9 synchronous and asynchronous writing consultants
  • Review writing center resources and information embedded in courses for accessibility and accuracy
  • Create, revise, and update content for the writing center website, including informational and promotional copy, infographics, instructional resources, APA style guidelines, and FAQs
  • Create and maintain job aids for writing consultants in Google Drive
  • Use Canvas LMS to design and create professional development courses for writing consultants and an academic honesty course for students
  • Serve as liaison between the Library, Academic and Student Affairs, and faculty regarding writing-related concerns
  • Oversee the Writing Center Advisory Committee

Course Copyeditor

  • Edit and proofread course modules, assignment guidelines, and rubrics in various disciplines while ensuring adherence to university style guidelines

Visiture – Remote

10/2017 – 12/2017

Contract Medical Writer

  • Composed SEO content on various medical conditions, treatments, and procedures

The Writing Center at CU Denver, Denver, CO

8/2010 – 12/2017

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

SDL PLC – Remote

4/2017 – 10/2017

Contract Copywriter

  • Wrote UX UI microcopy for the Samsung Bixby virtual assistant app, in accordance with the brand's tone, voice, and in-house style guidelines
  • Revised, edited, and proofread 2000+ lines of copy in Excel on a weekly basis 
  • Conducted beta testing by logging responses to user utterances

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

Publications

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2019). Case study on school leaders’ impact on English language acquisition programs. International Journal of Education, Learning and Development, 7(3), 15–30.

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2018). Examining ELA program reform through Theory U. International Journal of Education and Human Developments, 4(1), 1–12.

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2018). A review of the literature on transformational leadership. International Journal of Education, Learning and Development, 6(1), 1–5.


Freelance Experience

Writer & Editor

7/2007 – Present

  • Provide instructional and developmental feedback on writing in various fields and disciplines
  • Produce creative SEO copy that adheres to style guidelines (APA, MLA, Chicago, AP, AMA, CSE, etc.) while targeting the appropriate audience(s)
  • Proofread for grammar, mechanics, syntax, 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

Writing Center Coordinator, Colorado State University-Global Campus

12/2017 – Present

Supervisor/Writing Consultant, Writing Center, CU Denver

8/2010 – 12/2017

English Language Instructor, English Language Center, University of Denver

8/2014 – 6/2016

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 – 10/2017

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
Educational Leadership
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

Journal Articles

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2019). Case study on school leaders’ impact on English language acquisition programs. International Journal of Education, Learning and Development, 7(3), 15-30. Retrieved from http://www.eajournals.org/wp-content/uploads/Case-Study-on-School-Leaders%E2%80%99-Impact-on-English-Language-Acquisition-Programs.pdf

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2018). Examining ELA program reform through Theory U. International Journal of Education and Human Developments, 4(1), 1-12. Retrieved from http://ijehd.cgrd.org/index.php/54-main-menu/101-vol-4-no-1-january-2018

Bunaiyan, W. & McWilliams, K. (2018). A review of the literature on transformational leadership. International Journal of Education, Learning and Development, 6(1), 1-5. Retrieved from https://www.eajournals.org/journals/international-journal-of-education-learning-and-development-ijeld/vol-6-issue-6-june-2018/a-review-of-the-literature-on-transformational-leadership/

Master’s Thesis

McWilliams, K. M. (2014). Responding to trauma: How presidential discourses reshape the dialogues of healing (Master’s thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. (UMI No. 1556870)

Conference Presentations

“Branding amid an Identity Crisis: How to (Simultaneously) Promote and Revitalize the Writing Center.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Denver, CO, April 2018.

“Making Cross-Campus Connections: Collaboration between Writing Centers and Other Student Resources.” Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. Denver, CO, April 2018.

“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.

Hire Kelsie

Writing Skills

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