Lonny Cain, Managing Editor (now retired) of The Times, Ottawa, Ill.:

“In the short time we were lucky enough to have Michelle in our Newsroom, our candle burned brighter. I hired many young reporters in my 30 years as Managing Editor at The Times in Ottawa, Ill. I expected them to grow in the job, but what I hoped for most was a positive attitude and whirlwind energy. I got all that with Michelle.  She was ready to tackle anything, and she did … with creativity, accuracy and credibility — and an amazing smile. She would add punch — and fun — to any team.”

Beth Burgmeyer, founder of Des Moines Writers’ Workshop:

“I met Michelle Chalkey in May of 2015 when she joined our group. Michelle is a vital member of our group, offering helpful, thoughtful critiques to our writers. She also regularly contributes blog posts for our website. Her blog posts are always well written, interesting, and full of rich content. I have always been impressed by Michelle’s writing ability.”

Dawn Hafner

Dawn Hafner, writer

“Michelle will not only bring a polish to your work through grammar and style suggestions, but she will also give you superb insight as to what your reader needs from you. She has a way of putting everything in a positive frame for you to consider, and yet she did not change the substance of my writing in any way. I know her suggestions have made a great improvement on my book. She communicated clearly on the quote and timing and delivered right on time. I highly recommend her for your editing or proofreading project!”