Owner & Managing Editor - Alyssa W. Christensen
As a writer, editor, and marketing guru from Seattle, WA, Alyssa W. Christensen uses her expertise to help her clients produce creative and captivating content that sells. She has provided her top-notch professional services to businesses large and small, including real estate agents and brokerages from around the country. Alyssa has worked with Realtors on everything from copywriting and content marketing to social media strategy and real estate branding.
Alyssa is also the founder of DearEnglishMajor.com, an immensely popular online resource and community for English majors. In less than two years, the community has garnered tens of thousands of followers, as well as recognition from several of the nation’s top universities. Alyssa is also author of the book From Graduation to Career Ready in 21 Days: A Guide for English Majors.
Writer & Copyeditor - Grace Heerman
Grace Heerman is a Seattle-based writer, editor and blogger whose powerful content is known for turning readers into buyers. Her skills are sought after by non-profits, retailers and multi-million-dollar publishers alike, and her blog and email copy has directly led to millions of pageviews and tens of thousands of dollars in sales. But she’s not all about the numbers. Grace’s words also touch people’s hearts. Most notably, her sincere and hard-hitting blog copy for an animal rescue group resulted in more than $50,000 in donations and saved the lives of countless baby sea lions. (Seriously!) No matter the interest area, Grace's clear, concise prose cuts through the internet noise and inspires readers to take action.
Writer - Chelsea Phipps
Though originally from the Bay Area, Chelsea Phipps has been lucky enough to call Seattle her home since 2004. A passionate fan of cinema, Chelsea began her professional career writing for the Seattle International Film Festival; her writing for SIFF appeared in the Seattle Times and in other local publications. Chelsea then delved into the world of e-commerce as an Email Marketing Copywriter at Zulily, and her writing was viewed daily by Zulily’s 15 million members nationwide. Currently, Chelsea works for a marketing firm and specializes in social media strategy and implementation for a variety of local and national brands.
Writer - Abi Humber
An honorary Chicagoan, passionate nonprofiteer, and lyrical hip-hop enthusiast, Abi Humber spends the majority of her waking hours creating visual and written content for 826CHI’s audience of 20,000+ via website, social media, and e-newsletter. From 2006 to 2012 she was a bi-weekly columnist for her hometown newspaper, The Hillsboro Free Press. When not feverishly designing book templates in InDesign or diving into a website’s HTML, she’s chipping away on personal writing projects and reading all the Cheryl Strayed she can get her hands on.
Writer - Kristin Waites
Kristin Waites currently works as the Digital Products Assistant at The MIT Press. She is a recent graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Professional Writing, which she sees as more of a lifestyle than a major. When she’s not at work or doing various freelance projects, Kristin spends most of her time trying to turn ideas into stories. She also enjoys yoga, running, and eating enough good food to negate the benefits of both activities. Kristin lives in Boston.
Writer - Ashley Hawley
Born and raised in Fairview Park, Ohio, Ashley Hawley currently works as a freelance Editorial Assistant at DearEnglishMajor.com. Ashley is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where she earned a B.A. in Creative Writing. She has dabbled in a variety of writing projects over the years, ranging from grant proposal writing all the way to Anglo-Saxon translation work. When she is not freelancing, Ashley can be found jotting down ideas for her next short story or novel. She is also quite fond of baking, swing music, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Ashley currently lives in North Royalton, Ohio.
Writer - Brittni Adams
A lover of the written word, Brittni is a creative enthusiast with experience telling stories through a variety of media platforms, from retail websites to local newspapers and public radio. She currently works at T-Mobile, where she creates digital content for T-Mobile.com. Before joining T-Mobile, Brittni spent 3.5 years honing her copywriting skills on zulily's studio team. Born and raised in the PNW, she's happy to call the Seattle area home.
Copyeditor - Tara Jayakar
Tara Jayakar currently works as the Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers magazine. She also founded and operates her own manuscript editing service, Raptor Editing, which she created to provide quality content and copy edits for authors in need of assistance preparing their manuscripts for submission to agents and publishers. Raptor Editing is also the umbrella for Headspace, a zine series that she curates, edits, and self-publishes. Tara lives in Brooklyn, and really loves the Pacific Ocean.