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Stephanie Marshall Ward | Elance
Last Sign-in: Oct 8, 2015

Stephanie Marshall Ward

Writer, Editor, & Writing Coach
   United States
  |   Staunton, VA


I have been a writing coach for 10 years, and I have myriad other experiences, including editing professional articles for university professors, editing books, and creating content for blogs and websites.

My love of words, varied promotional work, and experience editing, coaching, and collaborating with authors has enabled me become an effective partner with writers, bloggers, business owners, and others, helping them let their work shine.

I provide a variety of professional services, including writing, editing, proofreading, critiques...

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Skills (15)

Writing Coach
Developmental Editing

Service Description

My services include but are not limited to:

Copy Editing (Light Editing) -- Editing for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure;

Editing -- Editing for issues like organization, clarity, word choice, and rhythm as well as spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure;

Intensive or Developmental Editing -- All all the above in addition to helping with broader structural issues. With fiction, this may include plotting, character development, mood, style, and other aspects of writing. With nonfiction, this may encompass the overall focus of the book or article, accuracy, and other aspects of your work;

One-on-One Coaching -- I have 10 years of experience as a writing coach. This is similar to intensive or developmental editing, except that we work together throughout the writing process. I can also help you plan and develop your project;

Writing -- I create content to your specifications. I write articles, blog posts, ebooks, and other projects.

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The Eclectic Scribe
Owner/Freelance Writer, Editor & Writing Coach
2015 - Present
Write at Home
Writing Coach
2005 - Present
I teach composition to middle- and high-school students. Tailoring my approach to each student's academic and developmental level, I evaluate and edit their work, offer detailed feedback and...
2004 - Present
I have owned and maintained various blogs and and contributed to other blogs. I write about various topics. Most of my posts have been about parenting, education, books and film. I write detailed...
Home Educator
2003 - Present
I research, develop, and plan educational methods and curricula, teach my children, and mentor them in their interests. I collaborate with other home educating families on co-ops, field trips, and...
Raw Learning
Volunteer Teacher
2011 - 2013
I taught classes in a variety of subjects -- including literature, biology, and art -- and helped supervise, nurture, and mentor children.
Promo 101 Promotions
Virtual Tour Guide/Promotional Assistant
2009 - 2013
I worked intermittently with this company, getting on board when projects were available. I collaborated with the company owner to manage promotions for authors and other individuals with products...
Newsletter Editor
2004 - 2005
I created, designed, edited, and publicized an online newsletter for homeschooling families, soliciting articles from various sources.
Harrisonburg Rockingham Community Services Board
Prevention Specialist
2000 - 2000
I collaborated with schools and other community agencies to offer therapeutic and educational activities to at-risk youth. I performed clinical assessments. I provided individual and group...
Rockbridge Area Community Services Board
Adolescent Substance Abuse Therapist
1996 - 1997
I performed clinical assessments and developed reports on court-ordered clients. I provided individual, group, and family counseling and education to addicted and at-risk youth.
Valley Community Services Board
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
1992 - 1995
I collaborated with schools and other community agencies to provide services and develop programs for at-risk youth and families. I performed clinical assessments, provided individual, group, and...
East Carolina University Dept. of Rehabilitation
Research Assistant
1989 - 1991
I helped professors with research and clerical duties. I graded and provided feedback on student essays. I was selected, from various candidates, to edit professors' articles for publication.
The Sanford Herald
Staff Writer/Reporter
1988 - 1989
I covered court cases and government affairs, wrote news and feature stories, and did general reporting, writing, and editing.


University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
BA Political Science/2ndary Concentration: English
1987 - Present
East Carolina University
MS Rehabilitation Counseling
1989 - 1992
University of North Carolina Greensboro
English & Political Science
1984 - 1986
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copy editor
developmental edit
writing coach
developing web site content
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