Need a writer, editor or academic/career coach?

I’ve been writing professionally for more than two decades, much of that time writing personal essays and newspaper columns, and have a number of awards testifying I’m pretty good at it. I’ve also competed the Write to Change the World Core Seminar, which helps women find their voices for op-ed writing.

I can facilitate development or fine-tuning of personal essays, op-eds, feature articles, blog posts, or creative nonfiction. Rates begin at $30/hour.

I also offer consultations to high school and college students who need personalized adequate advising or career counseling. Evidence that I’m good at this is the fact that we have four children and all of them got scholarships to college, graduated with honors, and successfully found jobs right out of college – and that I’ve won both national and local awards for academic advising. It is all about planning, priorities, and time-management and I’m good at teaching it. Hear some of my tips for free at this Crush Your Internship podcast. Rates for this coaching are $25 per half hour or $45 per hour.

Interested in hiring me? Contact me at rshorton08 (at) gmail (dot) com.


When I started working with Renee Schafer Horton, I was an experienced journalist about to venture into the realm of column writing, and Renee was a seasoned columnist whose regular venues had included the Dallas Morning News. When I asked for her help, she stepped into the role of my mentor. Renee didn’t fall all over herself to speak gently when she saw something that wasn’t working in my writing. She was dependably straightforward. Yet our editing sessions almost always boosted my self-esteem. It felt as if she knew the path ahead of me and admired the writer I was sure to become. (It didn’t hurt that she’s very funny. When you’re being edited, comic relief can be such a … relief.)

- Laura Marble, freelance writer, former Northwest Explorer columnist


When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, I was in the midst of editing several memoirs for a group of senior citizens. Having no power or access to my studio for several weeks, I reached out to my colleague Renee Schafer Horton for emergency editorial assistance. Renee jumped right in, tackling a particularly dense and rambling piece of writing. She restructured and polished the text, cut extraneous words without losing the main narrative, corrected grammar and punctuation, and made many other thoughtful suggestions that greatly improved the story. Her editorial services were a Godsend! I heartily recommend Renee for your next book project.

– Judith Dupré,


Having worked on stories with Renee, I’ve benefited from her careful sentence crafting and precise choice of details. Her empathy leads her to the resonating questions, whether directed at a journalistic source or at another writer. Her doggedness leads her to answers and beautifully polished prose. I’m grateful to have had the chance to learn from her and would recommend it without pause.

- Carli Brosseau,  Arizona Daily Star