Betsy Barnum
Betsy Barnum, PhD
(701) 610-3432

My editorial experience includes journalism, public information for a state environmental agency, freelance environmental writing, academic editing, nonprofit newsletter development, and seven years of teaching writing and literature on the college level. I have a BA in English from Carleton College, Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in English from the University of North Dakota. I love helping graduate students craft their thesis or dissertation into their finest work for full recognition and am conversant with MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and Harvard styles as well as experienced in working with publishers' in-house style sheets. I have several years' experience teaching ESL to international students at the university level, much of which involved helping them with writing in English. I also greatly enjoy working with non-academic kinds of writing and writers and have broad experience with nonfiction, especially journalism. One of my strengths as a writer and editor is making difficult, technical, abstruse or complicated topics easier to understand by the general reader, while retaining all the important information.

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Writing Services
Academic, Journal, Nonfiction, Web
Other Services
I have experience working with students and academic writers in evaluation studies, economics, women's studies, English studies, education, social work, divinity, and humanities fields, as well as fiction and personal essays. I enjoy learning new information from my clients' writing.
Nonfiction Genres
Academic, Autobiography and memoir, Essay
End Products
Thesis, dissertation, academic article or book, essay, journalistic article or book, nonfiction of any kind
Style Manuals
American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Modern Language Association (MLA)
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Google Docs, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word