Kyle Oddis

"You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will."

–Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 
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Kyle (kye-uhl) n. a Boston-based educator and scholar; a creative writer; an experienced editor; a patient ally who will help you find your voice.


 Photos by Josh Hoa Pham

Photos by Josh Hoa Pham


If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.
— Margaret Atwood

Get to know me.

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2009, I left Sin City for the City of Angels to attend Loyola Marymount University, where I studied English and classics. I graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in English writing, a minor in classical civilizations, and a couple of published poems under my belt. After working as an SAT tutor in under-resourced Los Angeles high schools, I relocated to Boston to pursue a graduate degree in English at Northeastern University. I finished my Master's in 2015, went on to teach at one of the nation's top community colleges, and returned to Northeastern for a Ph.D, this time to focus on... you guessed it: English.

As of January 2018, I've worked on editorial staffs for indie publishers, academic journals and literary magazines; consulted on manuscripts for fiction and nonfiction books (from dating and relationships to public health); reviewed blog posts for start-ups and curated collections of stories; and, most recently, edited a children's book.

If there's anything I've learned from three years of teaching college-level writing and almost six years as a writing consultant and editor, it's that these words by Henry David Thoreau apply as much to writing as they do to daily life: "Simplify, simplify."

My simple truth is this: Writing and the teaching of writing are the bread and butter of my life; they are my true passions. Learning how to do both better has always been a driving force that has provided me with an overwhelming sense of fulfillment and purpose. If there is a way for me to help you accomplish your writing-related goals, I would love to join you on your journey. 

Nice to "meet" you, and I hope we can work together soon!

C.V.

Just some stuff I'm working on.

Focus areas and interests: composition studies, writing assessment, community literacy, contemplative pedagogy, critical pedagogy, action research, writing center studies, modern American poetry, aesthetics, speculative fiction

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, English (in progress)
Northeastern University (2017–present)

Master of Arts, English
Northeastern University (2013–2015)
Thesis: "Tests of Original Relation: Re-Visioning 'Death' in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe" Advised by Theo Davis

Bachelor of Arts, English
Loyola Marymount University (2009–2012)
Honors Program, Magna Cum Laude, Thesis: "Why Poetry?" Advised by Sarah Maclay

Current Appointments

Northeastern University
Director of Programming for The Writing Center  
Graduate Student Liaison for English at CATLR: The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University)
Adjunct Instructor of English  
Courses Taught: LIB111 & LIB112: Expository Writing I and II, HUM353: Literary Boston in the 19th Century

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You can write. I can help.

Whether you want to build worlds, move hearts, open minds, catalog a journey, or simply write clearer emails, I'm here to help you discover the writer in you, put your best foot forward, and feel confident as you achieve your writing goals.


Kyle is truly an inspiring editor and writing teacher. I worked with several different editors over the course of writing my book, and Kyle was far and away the most patient and masterful of them all. No matter how much I moaned and groaned, Kyle never gave up on me. And while her main goal was to help me edit my book, she somehow managed to teach me how to be a much better writer in the process. The end result was a book I never imagined I was capable of writing! It’s not always easy to love one’s own work, but now, as I put the final touches on the manuscript in preparation for publication, I find myself loving it and appreciating her contribution even more. I can see that her instincts and guidance were spot on. I am extremely proud to put my name on this book and I am grateful to Kyle for going on this journey with me.
— Lisa Shield, Los Angeles Dating & Relationship Coach

Let's get started.

Rates vary from $35-$55/hr based on individual needs, timeline, and project scope.

I do telecommute, so I can work with you from anywhere. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. *My editing schedule is currently committed to a book project until May 2018; however, I am happy to provide you with a free quote and discuss our options for working together in the future.

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"The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

–Ray Bradbury