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We started Red Pen because we knew what it was like to need writing support. Early in our education and careers, we wanted coaches and editors too! Now, years later, we love bringing out the best writer in everyone.


Our team has worked on almost all kinds of writing: dissertations in the humanities and social sciences; articles about everything from social media to social justice; memoirs and non-fiction; fiction and poetry; and business and technical prose. We've worked with professors, students, bloggers, personal writers, and company directors.

We believe that everyone deserves to write well. 


Why use Red Pen instead of another writing service?

Here are just a few reasons:

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We give you one-on-one support.

We don't just send you videos or charge you for crowded workshops. We talk to you, and we listen when you talk.

Not all writers are the same, and not all writers need the same kinds of support. Our services are tailored to your individual needs.

We work with you


We establish a connection.

We don't disappear when you need us most.

We are always eager to meet with you, talk to you, email you, and text you. These connections help us understand you and your work. 

And we're always checking in to make sure.


Our pricing is fair.

We don't charge you for services you don't use or time you don't need.

When you pay by the hour, we charge only for the time we spend, and we spend that time doing just what you need and ask for.

When you pay for a project, we detail exactly what needs to be done and by when. You know just what you're getting when you sign up.

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We have the education.

The members of our team have PhDs, MAs, and MFAs in the writing arts. We made it from staring at blank pages to defending our theses.

We've also published books and articles, written successful grant proposals, and supervised independent work.

You're in safe hands. 


We have the experience.

We have worked with writers for most of our educational and professional careers.

We've been educators, editors, and writers, and we've worked with all kinds of people on all kinds of projects. Professionals, academics, and personal writers have found a home here.

From coaching, to developing, to editing, we know our stuff. 

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We love words!

We're in this because we love working with language—from the strength it takes to write something down to the pleasure we feel when the style is perfect.


Language is powerful. We believe it can change you, change your reader, and change the world.

We want to be a part of that!


Our team can vary. Sometimes people are busy with other projects; sometimes people are particularly excited to work with you! Emily is our founder and primary client contact.

She will always reach out to you first.

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Founder and Client Contact

Emily Anderson

Hello! I can't wait to work with you!

I have a PhD in the humanities, and I did not love writing my dissertation. I wish I had known then what I know now. My supervisors were great, but I really needed someone to coach me and develop my work as I went.

After that experience, I decided to coach and train writers myself. I've now done it for most of my professional life. My favorite times are the "ah ha" moments when people see their work taking shape. I also love to see writers find their style and start to feel confident putting words on the page.

In my free time, I go for walks, hang out with my kids, and play solitaire. And sometimes I read about grammar.

Let's talk more!