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Jenna Spinelle
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Jenna has been one of my go-to freelance writers the past few years. She's written on a number of diverse topics for us and is reliable when it comes to deadlines and producing high quality copy.

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I have been instructing both children and adults with disabilities. Instructions include; test taking strategies, writing/essay organization and oral presentations.

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I am a Ph.D. in Psychology, hoping to make extra money doing editing and/or tutoring. I am able to tutor in psychology, or general elementary through high school courses such as including Math and Englis courses. Former SAT/ACT prep teacher.

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I have been providing Proofreading and Editing services for 40+ years. Also qualified in English, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Writing. Have taught at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and university levels.

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Need a writer, editor or a proofreader? I can do it all: blogs, letters, reports, resumes, short stories -- whatever you need -- quickly, accurately, and reasonably priced. I'll check for grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, syntax, usage, and style. I’ll rewrite awkward text to help you get your point across better. I have a combined 17 years of experience in reporting/writing, rewriting, editing, and proofreading. Let me put my experience to work for you!

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I am a central Pennsylvania-based writer/editor/proofreader willing to help you write or to polish your own work.

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Worked for 14 & 1/2 years in the publishing industry at Berryville Graphics. Love to write. Currently working part time at Walmart and wanting to do something more interesting.

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