Laura Marshallsay, M.A

COPYEDITOR | PROOFREADER | ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINER


I’ve led a varied and somewhat crazy life. But what a life it’s been!

I started my professional life as a soldier/administrator in the U.S. Army, and over the years I have been a secretary, mom, and even a tour guide. Then, when I was in my forties, I headed to university to study my two passions: history and writing. 

A few years ago, we moved to  Frankfurt, Germany, and now I help people around the world – both native and non-native speakers – improve their written and spoken English. 

Professional Credentials

Professional experience

  • Copyeditor specializing in academic work and the Chicago Manual of Style. Clients include the journal Theological Studies and academics preparing articles for submission.
  • More than five years’ experience as a Business English trainer in Frankfurt. Clients include top executives at Deka Bank, Helaba, Interxion, Logicor, and Jones Lang LaSalle.
  • Interpretive historian at the U.S. National Park Service, contract work for the Museum of American History (Smithsonian), as well as smaller community museums in Dorset, UK

Certificates and training

  • CELTA Certification (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University
  • Copyediting 1 & 2, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
  • Introduction to Fiction Editing, Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
  • Fundamentals of Editing, ACES/Poynter
  • The Art and Science of Editing, ACES/Poynter
  • Editing Fiction at Sentence Level, Louise Harnby 

Skills

  • Experience using a variety of style guides including Chicago, APA, New Hart’s Rules, as well as university and publishers’ house style. I also prepare a style sheet for each edit.
  • Localization of British, American, and translated texts.
  • More than four years as an ESL teacher in Germany has made me sensitive to those for whom English is a second language and those writing in International English for a global market.

Education

  • Master’s degree, Historical Studies, Public History track; graduated summa cum laude (4.0 GPA)
  • Bachelor’s degree, History with a minor in Writing; graduated magna cum laude (3.87 GPA)

Professional Memberships

Proud member of

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National Council on Public History
English Language Teachers' Association Frankfurt
English Langauge Teachers Association Frankfurt
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Editorial Freelancers Association
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ACES: the Society for Editing
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Chartered Institute for Editors and Proofreaders