Highly experienced creative writer with MFA. Firm belief in engaging with writing as a process through daily writing practice. Extensive background as a writer and educator forms a comprehensive skill set that encompasses composing, revising, editing, and proofreading, as well as writing coaching. Strong collaborator used to deadlines and multitasking. Professional, organized, and proficient with most computer applications and social media.
Note: Some publications are under given name, Kyle Lee Cushman, rather than chosen name of Amabel Kylee Siorghlas.
Word Artisan VT, Montpelier, VT, 2013–present
Professional writing services that focus on writing coaching and editing, as well as ghostwriting, copywriting, and proofreading for creative writing projects and marketing communications. Support the innovative ideas of writers, small business owners, working professionals, artists, musicians, and college students.
Developmental Editing and Writing Coaching
Developmental editor for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and writing coach for manuscript development. Collaborate with entrepreneurs on creation of marketing content.
Short Client List:
Retired Vermont Farmer – Collaborating on his fiction tale Harmony Hill about a teenage boy managing a dairy farm in the 1940s. This tale reveals a myriad of colorful characters involved in intrigue within their small-town community, and explores intense human challenges such as alcoholism, rape, and PTSD.
Computer Systems Specialist and Science Fiction Writer – Collaborating on his series Predator: Beloved Prey, a story of planetary destruction in another universe that shines a glaring spotlight on greed and bloodlust, harking to missteps here on our own planet.
Writer and Marketer – Collaborated on The Accidental Apiarist: Bees and a Bachelor on a Barge, a nonfiction collection of stories about beekeeping, or rather, a humorous look at how not to keep bees, with the writer poking fun at all of his novice mistakes along the way. In progress for publishing.
Writer & Artist – Collaborated on this visual artist’s memoir titled Back to the Past: Daughter of the Nile, about growing up in mid-twentieth century Egypt, and her poetry collection, In Close Embrace.
Special Needs Advocate, Teacher, & Author – Collaborated on this client’s education-focused memoir, My Box of Chocolates: How My Child With Autism Learned to Read, Write and More.
Content Development & Copywriting:
Professional Profile for Life Coach – Writer and editor for this client’s marketing materials. A strong focus on branding.
Corporate Writing – Was ghostwriter for high-level corporate content marketing, including social media. Updated white papers and use-case sheets.
Creative Nonfiction – Ghostwriter for this client’s memoir and collection of short stories about coming of age as a lesbian in a religious southern family. Currently in final stages of revision.
Visual Artist – Assist this talented artist with all of her written communication, including maintaining content for her professional profile and website. Also collaborating on this artist’s memoir of trauma and resilience.
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival, Tunbridge, VT – Composed festival performer biographies for printed program and website; wrote press releases and other promotional pieces.
Livermore City Newsletter, Livermore, CA – Worked for an independent writing service to copywrite concise, informative articles for a monthly large city newsletter. Synthesized various materials provided by city officials to create pieces with a professional tone and an entertaining flair to appeal to Livermore residents.
Alarm Company Marketing – Composed direct mailings for this alarm installation and monitoring company.
Demand Media Studios, Online – Composed short education articles for websites such as eHow.com and seattlepi.com about effective writing tips, literary analysis, and teaching strategies.
Revision, Editing, and Proofreading
The Bridge, Montpelier, VT, 2014 – Production editor and fact checker for this bi-monthly capital city newspaper. Edited for clarity and fluency in Chicago style. Queried writers as needed. All articles in Google Docs. Final stage of writing process before articles went to proofreader and designer.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT – Was freelance proofreader and editor for alumni and marketing departments.
Telluride Publishing, Telluride, CO – Coordinated and edited advertiser pages for the Telluride & Mountain Village Visitor’s Guide.
Ouray Plaindealer, Ouray, CO – Composed and edited articles for this small newspaper in picturesque Southwestern Colorado.
Recent Teaching Experience
Faculty, Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT, 2013–present
Teach English courses, including English Composition I, Creative Writing I, and Autobiography. In English composition, students explore a wide range of rhetorical styles such as description, narration, process analysis, and persuasion. Creative writing students experiment with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Student-centered instructional approach in all courses focuses on leadership, self-evaluation, Socratic seminar, and collaboration.
English Faculty, Norwich University, Northfield, VT, 2017
In Literature and Composition II, students explored various literary elements and techniques through anthologized short fiction stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction penned by authors from a variety of time periods, countries, and ethnicities. In writing, students applied different critical lenses to evaluate and interpret the techniques and themes inherent in the text. Classroom activities consisted of journal writing, lecture-discussion, collaborative groups, and Socratic seminar.
Note: Some of my clients/colleagues have worked with me as Kyle or Kylee (my birth/given name). I have since adopted Amabel as my first name.