Bethany Clark, CES Editor, Coach, and Critique Specialist, has been writing for as long as she can remember. When she was seven, she began keeping a journal; her daily entries included such fascinating details as, “We woke up. We ate breakfast. We brushed our teeth.” In high school, she wrote a 300,000-word story—and then, about a year later, realized that although her story was much more interesting than her childhood journal entries, it needed serious revisions to make the plot and the characters believable rather than laughable. Since then, she has been working on the story in various versions and hopes to complete it soon.
In 2013, Bethany received her B.A. in English from Shepherd University. While at Shepherd, she worked as a writing tutor and as chief copy editor of The Picket, the college’s student newspaper. All the works she read, analyzed, or edited, whether written by famous authors or by her classmates, exposed her to all the components that must combine to create good literature. And all the pieces that she wrote, whether short stories, narratives, or critical essays, gave her the opportunity to create and weave together those components herself.
While working as an English tutor at Shepherd University, Bethany developed a love of helping budding writers brainstorm, organize their ideas, and plan out their pieces--and helping these writers believe in their own ability to write. In turn, her creative writing classes showed her how important it is to have others along for the writing journey. As a coach at CES, she applies these skills with her clients as she listens, gives suggestions and encouragement, and helps formulate plans that will move their stories from ideas in their heads to words on pages.
After graduating, Bethany completed a yearlong online internship with Bethany McShurley at Faith-Based Editorial Services. The internship gave her experience in writing critiques, which she finds both challenging and enjoyable, and solidified her desire to pursue further editing work.
She is excited for continued opportunities to use her sense of what makes good writing, along with her natural tendency to notice the smallest details, to help others shape their works and tell their stories. She is also in the thinking stages of revising and completing a non-fiction project that she began as her senior project in college: writing a memoir of her own process of discovering the goodness and love of Jesus after years of trying and failing to measure up.
Bethany lives in Martinsburg, WV, with her husband, Denny. They have no children yet but talk about getting a dog (though she thinks both of them are too attached to their families’ dogs, Chloe and Tank, to do so).
Hey Bethany . . . It has been a pleasure and honor to work with you both. Your patience, timeliness, attention to detail were awesome. With all the tweaks and pokes, you have transcribed this work to perfection without altering the message I have been trying to convey. Hats off to you and your anointed team.I will use nobody else in the future. You and Karen display the Love that the scriptures talk about that distinguishes us from the world. Take a bow, CES. You are blessed and relevant.
Hansen A. Harper and Zion C. Harper
Authors: You Could Be a Better Father and You Could Be a Better Son
Bethany, thank you so much! It was such a joy working with you. You brought this small piece of literature to life and I'm forever grateful!