Memoir and Fiction Editing Services

Marcia Trahan, MFA in Writing and Literature
Manuscript Copyediting and Critiques
Ongoing Mentorships

Specializing in Memoir, Personal Essay,
and Autobiographical Fiction


I'm Marcia Trahan, a writer and editor based in South Burlington, Vermont. I’ve helped writers of all ages, levels, and interests to view their work and their abilities in a new light. I offer manuscript copyediting and critiques as well as ongoing mentorships primarily through email, so I can work with you no matter where you live. 
My primary area of specialty is personal narrative: memoir and the personal essay. I also love working with novelists and short-story writers, and have a particular interest in fiction with autobiographical origins.

My approach is simple: I listen, I encourage, I challenge. I meet you where you are and show you where you can go from there. While keeping your personal goals foremost in my mind, I suggest ways for you to streamline and clarify your writing, to make it as engaging and powerful as it can be. Most people find that it’s equally helpful when I point out their strengths—the things they’re already doing successfully—as when I specify the areas in which they can improve. 

If you’d like to learn more about my services and read some of my published work, please follow the links at the top of the screen.


$30 per hour for copyediting

$50 per hour for critiques and mentorships
Gift certificates are available year-round! Contact me at for details.

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