Express Your Inner World
with Michelle Levy, MA
Michelle Levy is a book development editor for international clientele, and leads creative writing workshops that integrate mindfulness, somatic experiencing, visual art, and nature immersion. She holds an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and an Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago Publishing Program. She earned her BA in Psychology with Specialization in Neuroscience, and second major in English at New York University. She worked as a Development Editor at McGraw-Hill, Condé Nast/Fairchild Books, and Springer, and is now for hire on a freelance basis. Her essays appear in Hippocampus Magazine, Center for Humans and Nature, Saltfront Magazine, and more.
Whether you're dreaming of traditional publishing, or seeking to self-publish,
I will evaluate, develop, and polish your manuscript, book proposal, and pitch letters. I share wisdom from 20 years in the business to help you analyze your audience, perfect your prose, and capture the attention of agents, then offer continuing support throughout contract negotiations, book design, and production. You can count on me to be a warm body at your book launch.
I tutor students 1:1 in all aspects of writingand I'm available for team-building and communications workshops in both corporate and private settings.
Classes: Crafting Creative Nonfiction / Nature-Inspired Writing / Healing Through Writing / Brainstorming for Your Next Book / Writing From Visual Prompts / Writing and Mindfulness Techniques / Spoken Word Workshop
"Michelle is an exceptional editor. She is devoted to making each piece the very best it can be and goes above and beyond in all that she does. She never misses a deadline and is responsive and thoughtful with her feedback."
Lisa Goodman, Author
"Michelle was knowledgeable, intuitive, motivational, personable, and well-organized. She infused a heightened awareness of using the senses--and of incorporating metaphors and other poetic devices into our prose."
This was a wonderful experience for me. I learned to become aware of the mundane, and to use details to describe a prominent impression. I really liked writing to the prompts. I enjoyed the camaraderie of other writers. The course went above and beyond my expectations.
"Michelle's teaching style, demeanor, training, and presentation were fantastic!!"
"Thank you for your lessons, your time, the nature hike, and convincing me to tour the labyrinth. It was spiritually amazing, a moment in time that I will always cherish. I also LOVED the articles--both very inspirational. I'm practicing listening to my surroundings more, and I love it. I decided to start a journal, inspired by you."
"I loved this experience. The handouts were fun to read and provocative to ruminate over. I gained an awareness of not only my writing style, but also of the capabilities of the others in the group. We learned from you and from one another."
"Professional writers know that writing is rewriting. And no one - NO ONE - will help you arrange, edit, and rewrite your prose like the spectacular Michelle Levy. I could go on and on about her talents, but she'd just edit me down to three words: Michelle's the best."
Joel Chasnoff, Comedian and Author
"What I loved most about the course was the how she cleverly wove in pieces of holistic wellness, via breathing exercises, visualization, and meditations. This made for an enjoyable and relaxing experience that felt like a session of self-care. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Michelle in either a group or 1:1 will be blessed with a most unique and skilled writer and communicator!"
Kirsti Pesso, Wellness Coach
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
My workshops provide a safe space for you to get deep into a state of flow and explore your inner world. Writing in the flow produces prose that's visceral, compelling, and entertaining. Participants activate their creative center using techniques from method acting, yoga, breath work, and mindfulness disciplines. During each session, our physical exercises and writing prompts are designed to enhance sensory awareness and improve your vitality for the rest of your life. Participants in my workshops make friends for life and receive ongoing support for their creative development.
Please click on Services to see how I can help you publish your work.