Colin Montgomery

Colin Montgomery - Editor

Queens, NY, United States

I’m a writer, teacher, and editor born and raised in Vermont, come of age in New York and France and currently based in Ridgewood, Queens.

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I am a creative writer and editor with extensive editing experience with creative writing and university-level critical essay writing. I have a Masters of Arts and Bachelors of Art from New York University and a Masters in Education at Brooklyn College. While working at New York University's Writing Center as an undergraduate, I served as a peer editor for three years. I received extensive training with faculty and followed student writing assignments through the draft cycle over the course of a semester. On the creative end, I have been editor-at-large for the experimental fiction magazine theNewerYork for three years. Under both positions, I wrote detailed, professional editing recommendations and reviews of varying types of work for emerging and established writers.

In addition, I'm fluent in French (my Bachelors and Masters are in French and French Studies) and have taught English in France. I have extensive experience working with Francophones and with English language learners and would love the chance work work with writers and speakers of English as a second or other language on their work.

Expect thoughtful, professional and creative feedback on a piece, be it fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, based on your needs. I am happy to offer feedback as margin comments and/or in cover letter form. Any collaboration is based on your needs and availability. Fees are reasonable and negotiable, starting at $7/page.

English (US)
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Humor & Comedy
Short Story
Education & Reference
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Middle School Special Education Teacher

Excellence Boys Middle Academy--Uncommon Schools
September, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

I teach math and reading groups to students with disabilities in an all boys college preparatory middle school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. I collaborate with general education teachers and made accommodations to help students access material in a way that suits their learning level and learning style. I track and review student data to drive and adjust instruction. I collaborate with parents to advocate for their students. I commit myself to social justice through every aspect of my work.

English Language Assistant

Teaching Assistant Program in France
September, 2012 – May, 2013 (8 months)

Responsible for improving French students' skills in speaking and understanding English. Led English class sessions and activities in classes twelve hours per week. Organized lesson plans and provide supplementary and enrichment materials for students when not working. Built strong personal and pedagogical rapports with French teachers and with international group of friends (Italians!). Spoke French in schools whenever outside English classes. Mastered oral fluency already developed by one-year college study in Paris.

Editor at Large

August, 2012 – August, 2015 (about 3 years)

I helped shape and maintain the aesthetic for the small experimental fiction and prose literary magazine theNewerYork. I served as a founding editor and contributor to the first magazine. I offered feedback on submissions and conferenced with editorial staff on pieces to accept and decline. I also offered paid, personal feedback to submitters when requested.

Peer Writing Tutor

NYU Expository Writing Department
September, 2008 – May, 2011 (over 2 years)

Was responsible for giving NYU students constructive feedback on essay drafts through written comments and holding subsequent one-on-one conferences to discuss drafts. Member of the program's first cohort. Received specialized training from the NYU Writing Center in analyzing discipline-specific academic writing and in how to give professional, convivial written and oral feedback to students. A 70 hour commitment/semester.

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