Colleen Olle

From eagerly diagramming sentences to devouring library books each and every youthful summer, I possessed a love for language early on. Through education and experience, I’ve developed a discriminating eye for details and ear for language as well as impeccable grammar—and knowledge of how and when to finesse it. A writer myself, I’m well versed in the writing process. Other highlights include:

Editorial Experience
  • “Memories Revived by a Robot’s Eye,” sci-fi novelette by Colleen Wang (provided heavy copy edit)
  • “Roses Watered by a Robot’s Tears,” sci-fi novelette by Colleen Wang (provided heavy copy edit)
  • High School Playbook, YA novel by Chris Weilert (provided developmental editing)
  • Assistant Prose Editor at The Tishman Review; I copyedited all accepted prose—both fiction and nonfiction—(June 2016–October 2019) and evaluated fiction submissions (June 2016–December 2017)
  • “Ancestral Secrets and Psychoanalytic Identity” by Kristen Callahan, academic essay with elements of memoir (provided developmental editing)
  • Future Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Archbishop Riordan High School, Winter 2018–2019 (copyedited)
  • Ice Shear and Faint Trace, crime novels by M. P. Cooley (evaluated manuscripts and provided developmental editing and line editing)
  • The Gamekeeper’s Apprentice, middle-grade historical novel by Melissa McInerney (provided developmental editing and copyediting)
  • Scared to Life, 362-page memoir by Jillian Webster (copyedited on a tight four-day deadline)
  • Co-editor of The Bennington Review: Selected Works, January 2015 (copyedited four fiction and two nonfiction works by six different authors)
  • Newsletter editor of a weekly online publication for the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Silicon Valley with over 5,000 subscribers
Professional Development
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Portland, OR (March 2019)
  • American Copy Editors Society (ACES) Conference, Chicago, IL (April 2018)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Los Angeles, CA (March 2016)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Minneapolis, MN (April 2015)
  • Editorial Freelancers Association, various ongoing coursework including Developmental Editing for Fiction, Book Mapping for Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Working Directly with Authors as Editors, and Sensitivity Reads
  • Creative Nonfiction, Flash Essays (September–October 2017)
  • American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Bay Area Editors’ Forum (BAEF)
  • Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Participant in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • MFA in Fiction from the Bennington College Writing Seminars
  • BA in English, minor in French from the University of Michigan where I won a Hopwood Award for essay writing