Since 2010, I’ve worked as an editor and creative writing teacher,

helping others find and fine-tune their style. I provide developmental

and line edits on manuscripts, proposals, and short prose, as well as

MFA applications and query letters.  

My career began in the higher education division of Oxford University Press, where I helped edit the music list (The Oxford History of Western Music). I then worked as an In-House Editor and Foreign Rights Manager at The Friedrich Agency, editing the fiction and nonfiction of select clients, such as Lesley M.M. Blume, Hallgrímur Helgason, Elizabeth Kelly,

Rufi Thorpe, and John Verdon, and selling translation rights for the agency, including authors Karen Joy Fowler, Ruth Ozeki, and Jane Smiley.

 

In 2015 I moved to Charlottesville to earn my MFA in fiction at the University of Virginia, where I was a Poe/Faulkner Fellow and the Nonfiction Editor of Meridian: A Semi-Annual.

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AUTHOR TESTIMONIALS

 

  "How gracefully you delivered the (bracing) news as

  you read my manuscript! I already knew how smart and

  spot-on you were...but now I've also seen how sharp–– 
  yet 
kind––you can be in pointing to what needs to be

  rethought and revised in a book about the craft of
  writing 
itself. From single words to passages to that most

  elusive and potent element, tone, you set me gently

  straight. Splendid editing: thank you." 

-- Jane Alison, author of Meander, Spiral, Explode:

Design and Pattern in Narrative (Catapult, 2019), and

six previous books of fiction and nonfiction   

  "I worked with Nichole at The Friedrich Agency where

  she edited my essays and provided valuable feedback

  on my novels. She is whip-smart, astute, funny, wise,
  and 
has tremendous story instincts. She has saved me
  from
myself many times with her clarity and steady
  hand." 

-- Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona

del Mar and Dear Fang, with Love (Knopf)

   

STUDENTS SAY...

       “This course challenged me to think in a way I never have                                  “A wonderful, wonderful teacher.” 

        before. I genuinely feel like I grew as an intellectual.” 

       “Nichole was a shining light for students who had always                                  “Nichole offered a lot and expected a lot—which I

        wanted to write but lacked the space, encouragement, or                                   appreciated. She didn’t sugarcoat or water down the class." 

        guidance to feel confident.