Type Eighteen Editing Services is owned and operated by me, Mary Vensel White. Hello! I’m a published author, writing teacher and speaker.
My novel, The Qualities of Wood (HarperCollins, 2014), was the first book nominated for publication through HarperCollins’ now-defunct site for authors, Authonomy.com. The main function of this networking site was to allow writers to critique and be critiqued. We were a cooperative community and I truly enjoyed offering feedback on the many quality manuscripts posted. I’m a graduate of University of Denver (B.A.) and DePaul University (M.A.), where I pursued English degrees instead of creative writing because of my passion for reading and analyzing fiction. I unwittingly ended up with a minor in history because I took so many classes in the subject, and almost earned a minor in art history for the same reason. Both remain interests of mine. I sometimes say I’m probably more of a reader than a writer, and that habit continues to present, unchecked.
I also write short fiction; my stories have appeared in The Wisconsin Review, The Lindenwood Review, Foothill Literary Journal, and other places. My story “Driftwood,” was a finalist in December magazine’s 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards and in this year’s Tuscon Festival of Books Literary Awards, another story, “Cadmium,” was a finalist. In addition to my own blog, where I write about the writing and reading life, I’ve published nonfiction–book reviews and articles–in The Rumpus, Fiction Advocate, Author Magazine, Shelf Pleasure and elsewhere. I’m also a contributing editor at LitChat.com, where I occasionally submit more of the same.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak or teach workshops at the following conferences and events: Southern California Writers Conference, California Writers Club, San Diego State University Writers Conference, Left Coast Crime, Books are Better Shared, Bouchercon, and the Tuscon Festival of Books. I’ve participated in several writing workshops as a student as well, most recently at Chapman University. In March 2018, I’ll participate in the Masters Workshop at the Tuscon festival.