About Us

We are expert guides and mentors, with extensive experience in creative, business and academic writing.

Kellee Weinhold
Like you, writing coach and editor Kellee Weinhold has seen the discussion of who can legitimately claim the title “writer” evolve over the years. Is it open to coffee shop scribblers? Bloggers and  Twitter experts? Graffiti artists and slam poets? Is it all about the method of publication? Can it only be claimed by those who break from the pack and receive national accolades? Or, is it a very big tent?

With more than two decades of teaching, editing, and most importantly, real world, words-on-a-page writing experience, Kellee’s position is radically simple. She believes, and regularly reminds all of her clients, that being a writer is about producing words. Not publications, accolades or venues — crafted, elegant, thoughtful words. Or as Marge Piercy so elegantly put it:  “The real writer is one who really writes.”

Known for her direct, no nonsense style, Kellee is, according to a former student, “a powerful coach not simply for her ability to intimidate or to reassure but for knowing exactly when to do which.” Kellee’s blend of demanding personal accountability while providing specific techniques connects with her clients at a personal and practical level.

Kellee has served as a faculty member at the University of Oregon and The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She holds a Masters in Literary Nonfiction and continues to write in that genre. Currently, she is working on a series of essays that examine the effect of murder on families of victims. Read an example of her narrative nonfiction at Etude.

The creator of the ground breaking site: The Tongue Untied, Kellee provides explanations and examinations of the building blocks of writing that are utilized by people throughout the world.

She has partnered with writers at Waggener Edstrom, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Men’s Health, The Chicago Tribune, Intel, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Baltimore Sun, Nike, Hewlett-Packard, The Oregonian, Real Simple, Scripps College, Newsweek and numerous local publications and businesses to name a few.

Prior to founding Stir, Kellee, a journalist by education and passion, founded and managed View, a statewide LGBT magazine in Oregon. As a faculty member at The School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, Kellee was advisor to the award-winning Flux magazine and was recognized with the Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching in Journalism and Communication. She maintains her ties to the University of Oregon and the SOJC.

Dr. Karen L. Kelsky

Founder of The Professor is in. More than 20 years of experience in academia, including five as a department head of a Ph.D.-granting department in the humanities at the University of Illinois. She has been leading professional writing, grant-writing, c.v.-preparation, professionalization, and job search workshops for graduate students in the humanities for 15 years.

The academics she has trained have a close to 100% success rate in major national and international grants, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, Japan Foundation, Social Science Research Council, etc., with many of them ultimately winning over $100,000 in grant money for their graduate research. Participants in her seminars have acquired tenure-track positions at research universities around the country in times of a shrinking job market.

Need individual support?

Kellee Weinhold works as a writing coach with individual writers in person and via skype or phone. For a complete list of services visit here.

Karen Kelsky works as a career consultant for academics seeking employment or tenure. For a complete list of her services, visit here.