My name is Nancy Wick and I have thought of myself as a writer for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I began writing a journal that I have continued ever since. I'm currently in the process of turning pieces of that journal into memoir and personal essays.
It was also as a teenager that I discovered journalism by writing for my high school newspaper, where I became one of the editors in my second year. In college I earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Speech and Drama and went on to a career in journalism. I started at a daily newspaper in the Midwest with three years on the copy desk, reading and correcting errors in stories, and followed that with three years as an entertainment reporter and columnist.
For more than 25 years I was an editor of the faculty/staff newspaper at the University of Washington, a weekly paper with a circulation of more than 25,000. In that capacity I interviewed people, wrote stories, and edited stories. In addition to the newspaper, I have been published in a number of magazines and have won both regional and national awards for my writing. I also managed, while holding down my UW staff job, to earn a Ph.D. in Speech Communication.
In my personal life I read constantly in many genres and I lead a group in life story writing, which gives me experience with memoir. I adore novels, especially character-driven novels, but I also read a wide variety of nonfiction. My specialties in editing include:
- Fiction, especially novels in the following categories: mainstream, literary, historical romance, and mystery
- Nonfiction, especially psychology/self-help and memoir
- Academic material in the arts, social sciences or humanities
Types of writing I do not work on:
- Children's literature
I do consider other genres, and in all cases I will ask to see the material to determine whether it is something I can successfully handle before agreeing to work on it.