Over the last 20 years, I have worked as a managing editor for the Department of Defense's Software Engineering Journal, as a developmental editor for one of the premiere sports publishing houses, as a staff writer for newspapers, as a journalist and columnist, as a university writing professor, and as a prolific writer, with two award-winning nonfiction books and a novel on the way (Fall 2020). My work has been published and syndicated nationally and internationally.
My editing specialties are the following: full-length memoirs, essays, and instruction-based sports books.
Memoir and Personal Essay Developmental Editing
Writing memoir is hard. This is what I tell everyone I ever work with. In my mind, it is so much harder than writing fiction. The writer must tell a true story and also make the writing engaging and entertaining for the reader. Most of all, the writer must create stakes. My number one piece of advice to memoirists: Don't be like Chunk from the Goonies. When the Fratellis ask him to tell them everything, he tells them EVERYTHING, but what they want to know is where the Goonies went and why they went there. Writing memoir is hard, but I can help you find out where to start, where to end, and how to write your memoir in an intriguing and entertaining way.
Sports Instruction and Inspiration Developmental Editing and Structuring.
There are a lot of coaches and athletes who have experience and lessons learned to share, but they are not practiced writers. I can help athletes and coaches who are not practiced writers brainstorm, develop, and edit instruction-based sports books. I have worked with some of the top coaches in the country to develop and shape their skills, games, and coaching books. Even if you are not a writer, we can work together to make you one.
“Kase Johnstun is a wonderful editor and coach. He’s generous, open-hearted—-and really knows his stuff. Kase’s feedback was invaluable—both in his line edits and in his help with the broader questions, such as finding the structure that would most effectively hold the story I wanted to tell. Working with Kase helped me to grow as a writer—and move through my project, knowing I was in good hands.
”— Diane Gottlieb, Writer, Speaker
“After floundering with my book structure for three years, Kase immediately grasped my vision of what I wanted the book to be and gave me the recommendations I needed to complete it with confidence. His keen insight and directions are spot on. ”— Maddie Lock, Author
"I have attended two of Kase’s memoir workshops and both were incredibly educational and very enjoyable. Kase has a great ability to convey large amounts of detailed and practical information in an easy and accessible way, and helped clarify the themes and overall structure of my piece, adding tremendous value in just a few sessions." Christa Perl, Writer, Architect