Hello! Type Eighteen Editing Services is owned and operated by me, Mary Vensel White. I’m a published author, writing teacher and speaker.
My debut novel, The Qualities of Wood (2014), was the first book chosen for publication by HarperCollins for their Authonomy imprint. My second book, Bellflower, a “novel-in-moments,” was published in 2019. I’m a graduate of University of Denver (B.A., English) and DePaul University (M.A., English), and I’m currently an adjunct professor of writing and English at Concordia University, Irvine.
I also write short fiction; my stories have appeared or are forthcoming in december magazine, Catapult, The Madison Review, The Write Launch, The Wisconsin Review, The Lindenwood Review, and other places. In addition to my own blog, where I write about the writing and reading life, I’ve published nonfiction (book reviews and essays) in The Rumpus, Fiction Advocate, Author Magazine, Shelf Pleasure and elsewhere. I’m quite active in my local writing community and serve on the board of the California Writers Club, Orange County branch.
I regularly speak and teach workshops at the conferences and events such as Southern California Writers Conference, California Writers Club, San Diego State University Writers Conference, Left Coast Crime, Books are Better Shared, Bouchercon, South Bay Creative Writers Group, and the Tucson Festival of Books. I’ve participated in several writing workshops as a student as well, most recently in 2016 at Chapman University, and the 2018 Masters Workshop at the Tucson festival.