Highly experienced creative writer with MFA. Firm belief in engaging in writing as a process and having a daily writing practice. Extensive background as a writer and educator forms a comprehensive skill base encompassing 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.
Work with with fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and poets on short pieces and manuscript development. Coach college students on masters’ theses and PhD dissertations in a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, education, religion, business, and art.
Short Client List:
Writer and Marketer – Collaborate with this savvy, creative Vancouver, BC professional on short stories and blogs. Currently working on a collection of stories about beekeeping.
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 memoir about raising an autistic daughter.
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 family.
Visual Artist – Collaborate with this client on various written communication, including professional profile and website. Also working on this artist’s memoir.
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.
Faculty, Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT, 2013–present
Teach English courses, including English Composition I and Creative Writing I. 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–present
In Literature and Composition II, students explore 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 apply different critical lenses to evaluate and interpret the techniques and themes inherent in the text. Classroom activities consist 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.