About Meredith Bailey

I can't say exactly when or how my love affair with stories began. Perhaps my grandmother, who spent countless hours reading to me, is responsible. Perhaps it's a result of growing up in a rural part of Maryland where TV reception was poor and complaints about boredom resulted in the placement of a dust cloth and a can of Pledge in my hands.

Regardless of how it came to be, I wrote my first short story when I was nine years old. I can't recall what it was about, but I imagine it wasn't very good. Nevertheless, confident in my work, I selected a publisher from the phone book and mailed them my third-grade opus. I never received a reply, but this failed attempt at sharing my imagination with the world did nothing to abate my love of stories—I've been writing ever since.

My passion for stories has led me to read as many books as time will allow, obtain a graduate degree and an editing certificate, attend a weekly writing class, complete a first draft of a novel, publish short stories in literary magazines, and amass just as many rejection letters.

I have also come to value the sense of community and support writers can create by sharing their work with one another, offering thoughtful feedback, and lending an empathetic ear. It is out of this nurturing experience that I became an editor and a writing coach, and I am fortunate to be able to say that I love what I do.

Publications

My fiction and nonfiction has appeared in a variety of journals including Pitkin Review, Shark Reef, Em Dash Literary Magazine, Autumn Sound Review, UW Medicine magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and Horizon Air Magazine. I am also an editor and contributor of the book Secret Histories: Stories of Courage, Risk, and Revelation.

Read samples of my writing below.

Education and Experience

  • BA in English and BS in Business, University of Maryland
  • MFA in creative writing, Goddard College
  • Editing Certificate, University of Washington

Writing, editing, and teaching have always been the focus of my professional life. Before launching a freelance career, I researched and wrote articles for UW Medicine and Paradigm Communications Group, developed content for a range of healthcare education products at Talaria, Inc., and edited Antioch University Seattle's website.

Early on, I also discovered my desire to help others improve their writing and develop their narrative voice. While working as a tutor at North Seattle Community College's writing center, I had the opportunity to coach students who were studying English as a second language. I went on to become an adjunct teaching assistant at Ashford University where I provided writing guidance for students taking general education classes.

Since then, I have had the pleasure of offering my editorial services to a variety of private clients and previous employers including UW Medicine and Talaria, Inc.

Professional Affiliations

  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild
  • Editorial Freelancers Association