Contact Kristie with questions or for details/rates for the following services. 

Developmental Editing
So you've finished a novel or memoir and wonder, "What next?" Developmental editing can help you understand what you've got and the necessary steps to get your manuscript to the next level. Here's what you can expect from developmental editing with Kristie: 
  • Review of all major features of the manuscript, such as structure, plot, and character development
  • In-depth analysis of what's working and not working 
  • Prioritized recommendations for revision
Writing Coaching


Coaching is a helpful option for writers beginning new projects, revising existing work, or dramatically reenvisioning a project. As part of coaching,  writers receive highly individualized feedback and guidance. The process enables them to meet their goals and hone their craft with the assistance of an experienced writer and educator. Here's what you can expect from writing coaching with Kristie: 

  • Individualized plan for frequency, duration, and theme of sessions

  • One-on-one meetings with review of client materials in between

  • Resources based on the client's unique needs


Kristie teaches for WriterHouse in Charlottesville, VA, which offers in-person and online courses via Zoom.

Upcoming Class: 

  • Evening Fiction Writing Hours and Workshop - This 8-week online course offers a Zoom writing hour on Tuesdays, to motivate students to write, and traditional workshop sessions on Thursdays, for them to get feedback. Class starts 9/22/22.  


Upcoming Seminars: 

  • Short Story Basics - This online 2-seminar series covers the essentials about how to craft a short story. Students take what they learn in the first session to write their own story, with the opportunity for questions and feedback on their work in the second. Series starts 10/1/22.

  • Developing Your Ear for Dialogue - this online 2-seminar series helps fiction and creative nonfiction writers hone their dialogue skills. After analyzing what makes dialogue effective in published work in the first session, students will complete a series of activities to brush up on their skills, which we'll discuss in the second meeting. Series starts 10/8/22.

Check out what Kristie's students say about her classes. 

Editing & Proofreading

Providing high-quality editing and proofreading services for any kind of writing, from technical writing to creative work.

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Client Testimonials:


"I labored for four years on a first novel and was able to finish it, though not to my satisfaction. Then I met Kristie through WriterHouse in Charlottesville. She read and critiqued the manuscript, providing extensive explanatory notes that opened my eyes to important issues I sensed but couldn't articulate. She was then generous with her time in discussing the issues and answering my questions. Her technical feedback was invaluable, giving me a much clearer vision of what I was trying to accomplish. Throughout the process, she was kind, encouraging, enthusiastic, and positive. I come to my writing now with much deeper insight, thanks to Kristie."           

Steve N. - 2021

"What started with a manuscript review turned into a trusting relationship between developmental editor and writer. Kristie guided me through a complete restructure of my memoir: which content, where, and what's missing. After the next review, we tackled narrative arc, pacing, and areas I needed to dig in. I also learned how to improve dialogue and avoid my writing quirks. Every step of the way, Kristie was kind, encouraging, professional, and firm. Her goal was for me to produce the best possible book. As a result of our collaboration, I became not only a better writer but also a better person."

Carole Duff - 2019

"After completing the second draft of my memoir, I knew it needed some restructuring, but I wasn't sure where to start. Kristie came highly recommended by her colleagues and she didn't disappoint. After five coaching sessions I felt more focused and had a  specific plan for the next stage in my drafting process. I understood my manuscript better and how its components fit together to tell the story I envisioned."

L.E. - 2017 

"I came to Writer House almost a year ago after a long hiatus from creative writing. Under Kristie's guidance, I rediscovered my passion for writing. I worked on a novel and a few short stories during the Writer House workshop, and I have continued to work with Kristie individually following the workshop's conclusion. Kristie is a wonderful teacher. She takes care to understand my goals, and she provides constructive, targeted feedback in an encouraging way. I would recommend Kristie wholeheartedly to fellow writers and would not hesitate to work with her again in the future."

C.W.S. - 2016


"For two years I’d worked on a novel without reaching the point where it felt finished and complete. After two fiction classes with Kristie at WriterHouse, I felt I’d found someone who could help me get it done. Kristie read two drafts of War Demon, a war novel with a paranormal twist, providing excellent advice on voice, tone, dialogue, description, action, verb tenses, things to cut, beats that were missing, shaping chapters, chapter endings, things that worked and things that didn’t. With her help, I’ve finished the novel and submitted it to Kirkus for a review. I would recommend Kristie without reservation."

Kevin Ryan - 2016