Kaara Kallen
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I am an experienced content consultant committed to supporting organizations that work for a sustainable, equitable, just world. My clients are non-profits, mission-driven for-profits, educational organizations, and creative entrepreneurs. 


My goal is to identify and cultivate the best content for your clients and users. This might mean polishing what you've already got, creating templates and guidelines for your team, or strategizing a brand-new set of offerings. 

As a creative thinker with a unique capacity for seeing systems and connecting dots, I offer insightful program planning and client outreach services.

And as an artist myself, I love supporting other artists by providing content services for their creative and literary endeavors.

Prior to embarking on my independent consulting work in 2012, I was the editorial head of school programs at the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit organization known for its excellent literature-based discussion curricula and professional development. Before that, I taught high school English and Spanish.


I am also a communications instructor in the Design Thinking and Communication program at Northwestern University, a joint program with the McCormick School of Engineering and the Cook Family Writing Program. In this exciting course, co-taught by engineering and writing faculty, students develop design solutions for a real-world client through a human-centered design process and a rigorous combination of engineering, communication, and project management skills.

I live in Chicago with my husband Henry, our magical daughter, and our cat. I am a dancer, a budding naturalist and percussionist, and the founder of H.e.a.r. Chicago Talk, an idea exchange focused on discussing chewy questions using an inquiry format. My happy place is marveling at the rhythm and texture of such disparate things as prairie plants, music, and the written word. 

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You are here because you've reached a plateau with your content. Maybe you are a curriculum director at a start-up frustrated with the varying quality of your lesson offerings. Maybe you are a communciations lead at a nonprofit ready to wrangle your labyrinthine content files into order. Maybe you are an author ready to share your manuscript with a seasoned editor. I can't wait to dig in with you!


The first step is a brief phone consultation. Don't worry—there is no obligation. The goal is to make sure we both understand the scope of the work and the nature of the service (go ahead and take a look at the different types of editing if you haven't already).

Almost always, a sample edit or content review is the preferred next step. You can see what my work will look like, and I can make targeted suggestions for the approach that might best suit your project. 

For content management consulting, we will choose the tool that best suits your content and goals. Excel spreadsheets are very versatile and powerful for logging, compiling, analyzing, and modifying sets of information. Word is the best tool for tracking changes. I will walk you through how these tools can be used with your content.

For developmental editing, (content development), I work in Word. I study and employ any standards, style guides, and samples that you provide me; or we may develop these parameters together at the start of the project. One round of revisions is included in my fee.

For line edits and copyedits, I also work in Word, using its track changes function to edit. I create a style guide as I go, which you receive along with the edited manuscript. You will see all of my edits via the track changes function, which you may accept, query, or reject. Proofreading can be done on a .pdf using Acrobat's comment menu.​

My style guide of choice is Chicago Manual of Style, though I have on occasion employed other style guides for specialized projects, such as academic papers. 

Ready to discuss your project? Contact me and let's talk about your content goals.

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