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When time permits, I offer one-on-one coaching, consultation, proofing, and editing services for both creative and professional work. This may include assistance with stand-alone essays, linked essay collections, book-length manuscripts, cover letters, query letters, book proposals, or grant applications, and my services entail everything from conceptual editing to copy-editing, line-editing, and manuscript overhaul, depending on your needs.
Services are priced on a sliding scale according to the Editorials Freelancer Association and estimated individually based upon your particular needs.
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“With Amy's coaching and leadership, I am willing to stretch myself emotionally and creatively. I want to write my best for Amy. Not all teachers motivate me in that way. Amy’s passion and writing talent encourages me to find my calling and share my stories. As her student, she instills confidence in me. And when I haven’t gone deep enough in an essay, she senses this and then urges me to go deeper. With her guidance, I have the courage to express the deeper truths.”
Amy Butcher is an award-winning essayist and author of Mothertrucker, a book that interrogates the realities of female fear, abusive relationships, and America’s quiet epidemic of intimate partner violence set against the geography of remote, northern Alaska. Published in November 2021, Mothertrucker has already earned starred reviews and praise from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Chicago Tribune, Oxford Review of Books, Good Morning America, and Booklist, among others. Kirkus Reviews calls the book "...A sobering reflection on verbal and psychological abuse [that] honors the healing power of female friendship and questions the nature of divinity beyond its constricting patriarchal manifestations,” and Publisher’s Weekly writes, “[Mothertrucker] explores myriad issues with nuance and grace, including Indigenous rights, violence against women, religious hypocrisy, and environmental concerns.” Excerpts of Mothertrucker also earned a 2020 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, with judges calling the book "well researched," "very well-written," and "a positive antidote to the trauma of violence against women." In July 2019, Mothertrucker was optioned by Makeready Films for film development with Primetime Emmy-winning Joey Soloway directing and Academy and Golden Globe-winning actress Julianne Moore in a starring role.
Her first book, Visiting Hours, earned starred reviews and praise from The New York Times Sunday Review of Books, NPR, The Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and others. Additional essays have appeared in Granta, Harper's, The New York Times "Modern Love," The New York Times Sunday Review, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Iowa Review, Lit Hub, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, and Brevity, among others. Additional writing appears in The Best of Brevity, Advanced Creative Nonfiction: A Writer's Guide and Anthology, The Best Travel Writing 2016, The Soul Of A Great Traveler, Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, The Best of Vela, and Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays.
Amy earned her MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and was awarded the 2012-2013 recipient of Colgate University's Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing Fellowship in nonfiction. She has additionally been awarded grants and awards from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the Ohio Arts Council, Word Riot Inc., and the Stanley Foundation for International Research. She presently serves as the Director of Creative Writing and an Associate Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University and teaches annually at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska.