I offer editing, writing, fact-checking, and proofreading services to give you peace of mind and your projects professional polish.

I’m a highly versatile writer and editor with over ten years of experience in writing-related fields. My background includes an MA in English Language and Literature, experience as a proofreader for a major textbook company, serving on the staff of literary magazines, extensive research skills, and four years of teaching at the undergraduate level. My clients have included novelists, memoirists, an independent publisher, a nationally-distributed magazine, tech entrepreneurs, and STEM researchers.

Whether you’re a first-time author with a case of writer’s block, a student facing down the all-important application essays, a job seeker hoping to vault her cover letter to the top of the pile, or a business owner working to enhance her company’s online presence, I can help you meet your goals.  With wide-ranging experience and cheerful professionalism, I’ll support you through any writing project.

I respect your words and your voice, and I am committed to helping you craft prose or poetry that reflects your vision.

For more information* or to discuss your current project, please get in touch by using the contact form.

Here’s what a few clients have to say about my work:

Before entering medical school, I had to go through a long, drawn out application process with roughly ten essays to write.  Carolyn was a lifesaver!  She quickly edited my essays and her keen eye helped me find small errors and her facility with language led me to a much better constructed essay by the end.  I would certainly use her services again!

— E.P., University of Maryland, School of Medicine

When I decided to create my own joint J.D./M.Div. program, I faced the daunting task of explaining in only two pages why I thought it would be a good idea for me to be a law student and a seminarian at the same time.  Carolyn not only proofread my work for spelling and grammar, but provided valuable editorial feedback.   She helped me to state my professional and academic goals clearly and concisely while maintaining my unique voice of personal experience and passion.  Her comments were comprehensive and insightful, and her turnaround time was lightning-fast.  I would recommend her heartily for anyone seeking editorial assistance.

— M.F., Graduate Student

When I launched my own business, I knew my website would be the most important part of my marketing as a service provided online around the world. My website is my company. I had some friends look it over, but I wanted a professional eye to make sure everything was perfect. Carolyn quickly gave me edits on all of the webpages and she found some flat-out errors that I and others had missed. Not only that, but she helped me reconstruct sentences in a better way even if they were technically correct. Thank you, Carolyn!

— S.P., Small-business owner

A little over a year ago I was laid off. I was thrust into the world of writing résumés and cover letters, knowing that it is very hard to differentiate yourself from the multitudes of others applying for the same job. That’s where Carolyn made all the difference. She effortlessly took each iteration of my cover letter and made it more robust and professional. I truly believe that Carolyn’s expertise helped my cover letters reach the top of each hiring manager’s list, which led to interviews and, ultimately, a fantastic job. Thanks Carolyn!

–B., Service Industry Professional

After Carolyn Oliver edited my drafts and tweaked my sentences, my writing sounded graceful and vibrant. Carolyn’s wonderful facility for language transforms words into art and confusion into order. In short, she is a brilliant editor.

— J.M., AP English teacher

Carolyn Oliver was a lifesaver when I was planning my wedding. I had no idea how to even begin to organize and write a ceremony program, so I asked Carolyn for her help. You can imagine how relieved I felt when she sent me a perfectly edited and personalized program the next day! Carolyn really is an expert at editing any sort of document – I also have had personal assistance from Carolyn with, essays, term papers, bibliographies, and college and graduate school applications. She is an excellent writer and editor, and her work reflects the intelligence, attention, and professionalism she devotes to each assignment. Carolyn’s outgoing and cheerful personality make working with her a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend taking advantage of Carolyn’s services!

— J.C., Bride and nursing student

*My rates are in line with those listed by the Editorial Freelancers Association.