The act of writing often begins with inspiration but always ends with hard work. Anyone who has completed a substantial writing project – be it a poem, short story, play, memoir, or novel – knows that pure creativity must eventually give way to the more arduous issues of craft. Writing is a process that involves not only spark but expertise, discipline, and strict attention to detail. This is where Windlass Editing comes in.

Deborah Kennedy, founder and proprietor of Windlass Editing, is here to help you navigate the often choppy waters of revision and steer you on the path to publication. A recent graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Deborah has published work in, The Hairpin, Willamette Week, and The Oregonian, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Sou’wester Review, Third Coast Magazine, and The North American Review. She has more than 13 years editing experience to her credit, and has also worked as a college English instructor at Hanover College, Miami University, the University of Iowa, and Pacific Lutheran University. Her first novel will be published next year by Flatiron Books, an imprint of the MacMillan Group. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and, in her capacity as a fiction writer, is represented by Yishai Seidman of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Agency.


Links to my published work:


The Hairpin

Willamette Week

North American Review

The Oregonian/OregonLive