“Laurie Filipelli is a brilliant editor and teacher who has significantly improved the quality of my work. I’m confident I would not have a contract with Hyperion if it had not been for her editorial skills.”
“I truly believe that your insightful questions made my son’s essays come alive. I don’t think he would have achieved the same results without you. Not only was he accepted at his first choice school, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but he was given the Rensselaer Leadership Award which is a four-year merit scholarship.”
“Thank you a million times over for all the help you have given me! I received a full scholarship to Agnes Scott College. I have already recommended you to many of the juniors as a valuable resource for next semester!!! “
“Laurie Filipelli is that rarest of hybrids: a prodigiously gifted and passionate writer and an equally gifted editor. She has an unerring ear for the beating pulse of a story and an uncanny ability to draw out the telling detail that brings an unformed draft to vivid life. Students who work with Laurie walk away not simply with essays that show them at their best; they walk away with a profound understanding of how to translate the messy welter of lived experience into lucid and compelling prose. In guiding her students, Laurie doesn’t dictate a way forward; rather, she challenges, she asks questions, she cracks jokes, and she engages them in a dialogue that remains ever respectful of their experience, their truths, and their voice. The result is a kind of alchemy in which raw material is transformed, through Laurie’s particular magic, into essay gold.
“I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me to have someone with your knowledge, experience, and gift for teaching and editing help me with my poetry. Your excellent reading suggestions, spot-on critiques of my poems, and your enthusiasm for poetry and poetry-writing are worth far more than your hourly rate to me. I will recommend you to anyone who will listen.