Memoir Editing Fiction Editing

Critiques, Copy Editing, Publishing Consultation

Specializing in Memoir and the Personal Essay


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memoir editing

A manuscript critique offers an objective evaluation and a blueprint for revision.

Polish your prose

copy editing

Copy editing provides a professional finish, helping to prepare your work for traditional or indie publication.


memoir editing

Help with submissions to literary magazines and independent presses. 

About Me

Marcia Trahan, MFA in Writing and Literature

I'm the author of MERCY, a memoir about medical trauma and true crime obsession, forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in spring 2020.

As an editor, I specialize in memoir and the personal essay. I've also assisted writers of literary and mainstream fiction on a diverse array of projects, from young adult novels to experimental short stories, and have a particular interest in fiction with autobiographical origins. I'm happy to work on short pieces as well as book-length manuscripts.

Since 2004, through memoir editing and fiction editing, I've helped writers of all ages, skill levels, and interests to view their work and their abilities in a new light. I live in South Burlington, Vermont, but I send and receive manuscripts primarily through email, so I can work with you no matter where you live.

In the forms of memoir, essay, and fiction, people have brought me stories and meditations on a wide range of subjects: childhood, adolescence, family history; love, marriage, parenting; illness, disability, recovery; death, dying, grief; and spiritual journeys. I don't think of particular subjects as taboo.

My approach is simple: 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 what they're already doing successfully as when I specify the areas in which they can improve.