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. I am also available for storytelling consultations and copyediting.
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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"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
-- Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona
del Mar and Dear Fang, with Love (Knopf)
“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.”