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Freelance writing and editing

With over two decades of professional writing experience, Ellen Chappelle brings a seasoned eye to all of your written material. Whether you need an engaging newsletter, a concise press release, or rich website text that will capture the interest of potential customers, Ellen will craft conversational copy that speaks your audience's language. And she'll do it on time and on budget.  

highly skilled wordsmith  |  always meets deadlines  |  positive and flexible

A word from Ellen: "As a writer and editor, I have worn many hats: regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, grant writer, ghostwriter and more.

"I've been creating copy for a long time and I can do it all – from short, snappy text to detailed, in-depth articles. I was born with an internal spell-check, an eye for detail, and a knack for grammar that serve me well. I especially enjoy writing website content for artists and small businesses.

"If your text could use a little refreshing, please contact me. I can help!"


I offer a variety of copywriting services to support your business. If you need help with any of the following tasks, please contact me to discuss your needs.

  • Website content
  • Product descriptions
  • Artist statements and bios
  • Feature articles
  • Newsletters
  • Press releases
  • Blog posts
  • Business letters
  • Marketing materials
  • Ghostwriting services


From Mark Ramquist, Writer/Producer at AuroraMedia Productions: “Ellen is an excellent writer and editor whose work combines great readability with professional style and grammar. Articles, reports, scripts -- anything she writes -- is superior and done on time. And as an editor, she has the knack of improving a good piece and making it great. That’s why I’m a repeat customer and refer others to her, as well.”

From a voice mail message by Dr. Fred Chard after reading my article on chiropractic for dogs in an issue of the Eventer: “I got to see the article in the Eventer last week and it’s really, really great! You wrote a really wonderful article and I think it really does a service to the whole area of pet chiropractic and manipulation. I think between all three of us that you talked about, you gave it an extremely good overview – certainly one that I haven’t ever seen anywhere before! So, again, thank you very much!”

From Sam DeWitt, Pets Channel Manager at Examiner.com: "You’re a great writer, Ellen, and I know you’ll find success with whatever you choose to do. ... Take care, and if you ever change your mind about writing for Examiner.com, please let me know."

From veterinarian and author Nancy Kay about my review of her book, Speaking for Spot: "I love this review. Thanks so much. I truly appreciate your support."

From an artist for whom I'd written a few publicity items:
What an incredible press release ... you wrote.  You are an excellent editor. ... Thank you very much for your generous contribution of time, writing skill and good heart. I so much appreciate you."

From another artist: "WOW -- you really knocked it out of the park with both of these docs. ... You are really talented at this, Ellen -- thanks so much for this contribution."


Writing samples available upon request.


"Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." — Nathaniel Hawthorne