Writer, Editor, Educator

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.

Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.

Emily Dickinson

My name is Jean Sheppard.

I do not remember a time when words didn’t thrill me, when I didn’t number books among my dearest friends. As a writer, editor and teacher, I am committed to sharing my excitement about the words that make life shimmer. That’s why, to recall the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, I’m here to help you get the best words in the best order.


Would you like help with the writing process?

If you have even a glimmer of an idea of something you want to write but would like help getting started or with the writing process as a whole, I can help … 

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Would you like the eye of a skilled editor?

An editor can provide assistance throughout the process, providing constructive feedback from the shape of the project to the power and clarity and conciseness of the language and, at the end, ensure that the writing is publication ready.

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Would you like a writing workshop designed just for you and your friends?

Perhaps you or a group of your friends would like to experiment with a particular kind of writing (poetry? flash fiction?). If you want to have fun while you learn, I can tailor a workshop just for you.