I’m Erin Levens, a writer, freelance copy editor, proofreader, and researcher. I taught myself to read at the age of four and started writing around age seven, as seen in the image of me with our electric typewriter at the kitchen table. I’ve been an insatiable bookworm my whole life.
Knowing my calling was books and words, I majored in English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I almost went to law school but decided against it and earned an MA in Writing and Rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, instead.
During graduate school, I worked for the Capital Writing Project, a program for helping teachers hone their teaching writing skills.
After graduation, while considering law school, I worked as a paralegal where I wrote and edited letters and documents, worked quickly and on deadline for multiple projects, and kept cases and projects organized.
For the past 10 years, I have been a freelance writer. My work has appeared in publications such as LiteraryMama.com, LiteraryTraveler.com, Streetlight Magazine.com, and Cricket Media.
For many of those years, I have also worked part-time for James River Writers, Richmond’s non-profit writing association and community. I worked closely with the administrative director on many projects, including registration and logistics of multiple writing conferences, maintenance of member database, and communication with members and conference attendees.