I’m Dr. Amy K. Guenther (she/her), an editor and writing coach, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I have a PhD in Performance as Public Practice (a hybrid program of theatre and performance studies) from the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate portfolio (minor) in women’s and gender studies.
As an editor and writing coach, my goals are twofold: 1) to help you learn the skills to become a better writer; and 2) to help you find and maintain your voice as a writer. I provide mindful, compassionate, and thoughtful editing and coaching. I believe that writing is never a solitary journey.
I predominantly edit non-fiction and academic manuscripts in the humanities; however, I provide writing coaching for all types of projects. I have extensive experience working with international and multilingual authors, including authors from Nigeria, Tukey, South Korea, and Brazil. I am highly proficient in the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and can also work with MLA and APA.
My research background is in analyzing popular culture through the lenses of feminist, gender, queer, and performance studies, as well as critical race theory. I strive to make academic research more accessible to general readers in my own writing and, if a client wishes, can also edit with an eye towards this. Because performance studies is an interdisciplinary field, I have a working knowledge of several disciplines within the humanities that I frequently draw upon when editing academic manuscripts.
Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2017, I’ve begun studying mindfulness techniques and applying them to my own situation as a chronically ill millennial burnout with friends and clients in similar situations. As an editor, I encourage mindfulness and self-care in how writers approach writing.