DAWN SHAMP             Author, Editor
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Dawn Shamp is an editor and the author of the historical novel On Account of Conspicuous Women (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). She received an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, attended the Sewanee Writers' Conference on a grant from the Durham Arts Council, and completed her novel on a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.  She is completing her next novel and maintains an editing business in Durham, N.C. She also serves each fall as Reader-In-Residence at Table Rock Writers Workshop at the scenic Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.


Before going public with any important piece of writing, from news release to query letter to book manuscript, wise writers have their work reviewed by a professional editor. As a seasoned writer and editor I wouldn’t think of releasing my latest literary “baby” to my agent or any publication without a read from a trusted wordsmith.

I can do that for you: scrub your copy for everything from typos and brainos to plot, flow and style hiccups. I am fluent in both Chicago and AP style, to meet your unique publishing needs. I have an MFA in writing and have published a range of work, including short stories and the historical novel On Account of Conspicuous Women (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008). As a professional editor working from my home office and with writer workshops and retreats, I have established a reputation of providing my clients thoughtful, supportive, focused services tailored to their budgets and needs (see Editorial Services). My clients include Bloomsbury Publishing in New York and Guggenheim Fellow Lucy Daniels

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"To be a writer is to throw away a great deal,
not to be satisfied,
to type again, and then again and once more,
and over and over."

- John Hersey




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