Copy Write Consultants (CWC) is dedicated to assisting authors with the more mundane and tedious tasks of the traditional or self-publishing process. Using our scholarly talents in research and writing, we assist authors in the areas of permissions, author/publisher research, and editing.

Kelly Figueroa-Ray earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in the Scripture, Interpretation & Practice Program and is a co-founder of Copy Write Consultants (CWC) along with Christopher Hoffmann. CWC grew out of Grad Student Freelancers in order to expand the work with clients in the areas of permissions, agent/publisher research, editing, and other forms of author assistance. In addition, she has over eight years of experience working on book and archive projects and navigating the use and attribution of copyrighted material. In addition to working with Jane Friedman (The Business of Being a Writer, 2018), she has also worked with Charles Marsh (author of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2014)) and Vanessa L. Ochs (author of a “biography” of the Passover Haggadah, which will be part of a series of “biographies” of canonical texts to be published by Princeton University Press). To read some testimonials about Kelly's work, please click here. To find out more about Kelly's academic research, click here to see her professional portfolio.

Christopher Hoffmann graduated from Harvard Divinity with a Masters in Theological Studies and is the co-founder and co-director of Copy Write Consultants. He is trained in the historical approach to biblical texts. He has mastered a variety of languages from antiquity (such as Biblical & Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine & Patristic Greek), historical-critical and other textual research tools, and communicating complex concepts in clear, precise terms. Christopher has always enjoyed helping others express their ideas in the best manner possible. After two years of doctoral work, he is leaving academia for the more stable world of freelancing. Christopher also enjoys cooking and the arcana of bicycle repair.

Kayla Kauffman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Focusing on the history of African religions, Kayla conducts archive and database research as well as the collection, translation, and analysis of fieldwork data. In addition, Kayla has experience researching agents and publishers for independent authors, translating academic transcripts from French to English, copyediting for West African religious authors, and has worked as an author assistant. Kayla spends her free hours experimenting with new homebrew beer and pie recipes.

Jaime Justice graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in May of 2017 with highest honors and will be beginning graduate school in Fall of 2018. Her thesis, entitled “Grounds of Difference: William Chambers’ Encounters with the Other in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, 1758-62,” won the Stephen T. Thornton Outstanding Capstone Project Award for 2017. As a scholar in a rigorous interdisciplinary program with a focus on writing, she has well-rounded research and editorial skills. She enjoys working with others to refine their writing and communicate their ideas in the most elegant and concise way possible.


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