Mary Catherine Lewis

MCL Editing, Etc.

I help individuals and companies create accurate, effective content; I’m known for following style guides, meeting deadlines and enhancing clients’ success. My career began in 1977 at the children’s magazine, Ebony Jr! In 1980 I became a self-employed writer and editor and focused initially on educational publishing. Recent projects focus on editing and proofreading magazines, blogs, interactive websites, infographics and other content across the online and print spectrum. I’ve enjoyed proofreading deliverables for an award-winning brand agency (2016-2021); copy writing taglines for a major airline (2019); copyediting a book on microfinance in Haiti (Fonkozi, 2017); proofreading test items (FYI Online Learning, 2015, 2013); writing company profiles (Kepos Media and Gale, Cengage reference books, 2009-2013); and copyediting a PowerPoint for pediatric psychiatrist Karen Taylor-Crawford’s keynote (2010). I excel at using the AP, APA, CMOS and Gregg style guides.

My writings appeared in eMerge magazine and the award-winning Echo anthology (2021); Under Her Skin (2004); Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (2003); In Praise of Our Teachers (2003); Faces of AIDS (2000); and Sleeping with One Eye Open (1999), a Chicago Tribune critic’s choice. In 1988, African American Images published Herstory, my nonfiction book on teens, which is in its sixth printing.

I’ve taught writing at grade school, college and adult learner levels. Fellowships and grants for writing have come from the Illinois Arts Council, Carnegie Fund for Authors, and Vogelstein Foundation. I’ve been writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, Ragdale and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

I’m a graduate of Oberlin College (BA, communications and government). I’ve enriched my education with courses in technical writing and advanced web design at Ill. Institute of Technology, Lynne Grimes’s indexing course and the NIH course on protecting human research subjects. This, along with my passions for films, gardening and cooking, make for a satisfying life.

Evanston, IL

Home phone: 312-208-7436


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Years in the field: 44
Years freelancing: 40


Mary Lewis