Arleen Dale Kirtland
s an experienced English teacher I have solid proofreading and editing skills. Need I say more? I am the type of person who edits the back of cereal boxes, but I would much rather help you with your publication!
Editing everything I read has been a lifelong habit since I began reading at age 3. My passion for both reading and the English language led me to a degree in English Education and to teaching English in a high school setting. As head of the executive writing staff of the president of Amtrak, I revised and edited Amtrak's vast customer response library and edited thousands of letters written by a staff of writers. In previous occupations, I wrote, edited, and published newsletters on many different subjects. I am especially skilled in business and customer correspondence.
I have written and self-published two children's books, using my vast experience with children and children's literature. My knowledge of theology, scripture, literature, and all fiber arts enrich my ability to edit works that contain content or references in those fields. I am a Licensed Lay Preacher in the Episcopal Church, and for the last ten years I have been a mentor for The University of the South, Sewanee, mentoring a theology study called Education for Ministry (a four-year program). For the last sixteen years, I have been adjunct faculty at Prince George's Community College, teaching Fiber Arts.
There is a wonderful book called, "Jobs for English Majors and Other Smart People" by John Munschauer. What I love about that book is its emphasis on the fact that we English majors understand how to research, write about, and edit text concerning any subject matter. We are experts at knowing how to express ideas and concepts clearly through the proper use of language. We are flexible and eclectic.
It would be my privilege to use my unique skill set to edit whatever you have written. Making your creation a polished and published masterpiece is my goal!
Feel free to take a look at my resume: Arleen's Resume.