Stacy Carlson, MFA

Editor and Writer

I provide meticulous, perceptive editing including the following services and skills.

  • Developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Technical editing for online and print
  • Proficiency with various style manuals, including Chicago Manual of Style, Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, and house styles

Editing and Writing

Author. Among the Wonderful, a novel. Steerforth Press, August 2, 2011. Agent: Kate Garrick, DeFiore and Co.

Editor. The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA. June 2008-present. Manage all levels of editing for semiannual 112-page catalog.

Technical Editor, Microsoft Office for Mac. Microsoft, on contract through Sakson & Taylor. Redmond, WA. January 2007-January 2008. Edited user assistance reference topics, including developmental, line, and copyediting Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage, Messenger, and Remote Desktop Center help topics, the Office for Mac 2008 Administrator Guide, and end-user online training courses. Used Visual Studio, Visual SourceSafe, Product Studio, and other in-house tools.

Book Editor. Trauma Stewardship, by Laura Vander Noot Lipsky. Seattle, WA. January-May 2007. Edited multiple drafts of manuscript, including developing content and structure, developmental editing, and style. Trauma Stewardship was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in 2009.

Technical Copyeditor. Windows Client SDK team. Microsoft, on contract through Sakson & Taylor. Redmond, WA. September-December 2006. Copyedited shell interfaces, functions, methods, objects, and other developer-audience material. Editing focus on consistency, adherence to MSTP and CPLT style guides, and Windows Vista integration. Used Visual Studio, Visual SourceSafe, Product Studio, and other in-house tools.

Technical & Web Writer/EditorLINK Conference Service, Bellevue, WA. March 2005-April 2006. Produced Web content including home page copy, e-mail marketing campaigns, and technical White Papers for LINK web conferencing software. White Papers included deployment and optimization protocols for clients using live web conferencing platforms and LINK product guides for corporate training programs.

Fiction Editor. Crab Creek Review, Seattle, WA. September 2005-December 2006. Selected and published manuscripts for semiannual literary journal.

Proofreader. Impassio Press, Seattle WA. November 2004-April 2005. Proofread literary manuscripts for publisher.

Assistant Editor & Reporter. Inside Chappaqua Magazine, Chappaqua, NY. January 2003-February 2004. Other duties included proofreading and fact-checking.

Grant Writer. Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA. 1999-2002. Wrote, edited, proofread, and submitted successful grants for teen and literacy programs.

Technical Writer & Editor. Amazon.com, Inc., Seattle, WA. 1996-2000. Documented order-fulfillment, catalog and database systems. Created and maintained instructional intranet sites for new Amazon employees.


Master in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, Sarah Lawrence College, 2004.

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature, Wesleyan University, 1996.

Ecology/Biology/Outdoors Professional Experience

Historical Ecologist. Center for Research on Aquatic Bioinvasions. October 2010-January 2011. Conducted research on the state of pre-European contact native marine fauna of San Francisco Bay, in order to establish baseline data for present-day restoration programs. Work was in partial fulfillment of a grant given by the Marine Conservation Biology Institute.

Biological Field Lead. San Francisco Estuary Institute, Oakland, CA. March 2008-March 2010. Surveyed and eradicated the exotic oyster species Crassostrea gigas from San Francisco Bay. Managed interns.

Seabird Research Assistant. Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Sitka, AK. June-September 2005, July 2006. Monitored nesting seabird populations including Leach’s and fork-tailed storm petrels, common and thick-billed murres, rhinoceros auklets, and pelagic cormorants. Collected phenological, production, and population data.

Assistant Wilderness Guide. Arctic Wild, Fairbanks Alaska. Summer 2005. Assisted in commercial hiking trip in the Alaskan Arctic, in the Utukok Uplands, NPRA.

Assistant Wilderness Guide. Steven Harper. Big Sur, CA. May, 2009. Assisted in five-day hiking workshop at the Esalen Institute.

Resident Caretaker. Goldmyer Hot Springs, Northwest Wilderness Programs, Seattle, WA. Spring 2006. Maintained and protected a 20-acre wilderness property including Goldmyer hot springs, trails, old growth forest, and hydroelectric power system. Managed on-site campground and hosted all visitors.

Selected Publications / Awards

Among the Wonderful. Author. Steerforth Press, August 2011.

Tin House. Contributing writer. Fall, 2011.

Post Road. Contributing writer. Winter, 2011-12.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program. 2010 residency.

In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing. Contributing writer. June 2006.

Inkwell Magazine. Novel excerpt “She Stands Up Again,” Fall 2005.

James Jones First Novel Award. Finalist, 2004.

Dana Portfolio Award. Winner. Award given for three book-length manuscripts, 2003.

References and samples available upon request