Libby Copa has spent over a decade as a freelance editor, writing coach, and creative writing instructor. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Hamline University, focusing on historical fiction, dystopian and apocalyptic fiction, and poetry.
After receiving her degree, she spent a handful of years working for the Dakota County Library system, while also managing her own business: Sherman Writing Services.
Always desiring to give back to her community, she spent eight years as a volunteer staff and editor at Spout Press, three years as a volunteer writing coach for the Veterans Writing Project, and continues to collect books to send to military personnel through Operation Paperback.
Libby is a longtime supporter of small and indie publishing, as well as the DIY underground arts scene. She spent years in the zine world writing Sour Girl and The Way Fish Love, as well as supporting local slam poetry contests and other literary events.
She advocates for youth to use writing to express themselves, teaching youth creative writing classes in the Twin Cities community.
Her poetry and short stories have appeared in literary journals across the country, including Hanging Loose, Quail Bell, Monday Night, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, DASH, and Matter.
WHAT ARE WRITERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR AND HER COURSES?
“I love working with her and I can't imagine making my writing journey without her.”- Suzanna L.
“Without Libby, my book would not be what it is today.”- Marija C.
“I can clearly see how you are working to make me better in myriad ways, not just in the writing but the career stuff, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that.” –John W.
“Your professional input is excellent and exactly what I need to continue my project and I profoundly thank you.” –Tim N.
"I am without a doubt a much better writer today with the help of her work. " - John A.
"Gave me the confidence to change some things in my manuscript and in turn I have some fabulous things in the works because of it. Thank you so much for the opportunity, and I will definitely be recommending you to all my author friends." -Heather VF.
“Sage advice from my fabulous editor!” – L.E.
"I've enjoyed working with her. She gives honest, eye-opening and rewarding, feedback. I look forward to our future endeavors."-Natalie M.
"I have grown so much as a writer in the few months I've utilized this service. "