Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.

—Daphne Du Maurier

Hi there!


I'm Shelley Sperry, an editor, writer, and researcher based in Alexandria, Virginia. I used to work at National Geographic, so I think every book is better if it has a cool map—or a compelling landscape—or a lot of penguins. As an editor, I love digging into just about any genre. As a reader, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction with juicy historical details are usually the books in progress on my nightstand—a carryover from my former life as a college history instructor.

As a writer and researcher, I like moving between short and long projects—from captions for posters and graphics to blog posts to academic white papers. I'm currently writing a Story Grid Edition of Margaret Atwood’s gripping dystopian story, The Handmaid’s Tale. And I'm co-writing a parents' guide to alternative education and reporting on education for the Alt Ed Austin blog.

I'm a member of the DC-area Writers Center, and I use Story Grid principles to write short fiction about women in the 19th century, all of whom could really use some decent maps.


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