Kara May holds a Master of Arts in Education with an English and French focus and a Masters in School Administration. Her passion for writing and the English language extends more than thirty years. Her particular blend of skills as an educator, a writer and an editor brings a sharp but empathetic eye to whatever writing demands are before her; she enjoys encouraging and supporting authors as they paint their literary vision on paper.

She has had a passion for the written word as long as she can remember. As a child, she poured over books of all genres, often reading several of them at a time--adventure, youth and young adult, biographies and informational texts--to be both entertained and enriched.

The not-so-accidental honing of this skill set helped her to further develop her passion at Truman State University. In 1998, she began her tenure as a high school English teacher in a Chicago South Suburban high school and has earned a second Master of Arts in which has served to further enhance her perception of the intentions of the written and spoken word in both academic and non-academic settings.

Outside of the classroom, Kara has spent over twelve years editing, proofing and writing for numerous entities and in 2013, she and her devoted husband and partner, André May, (BA, Journalism) began Beyond The Pen Consulting and Coaching to formally provide services for clients, reaching to the heart of their words while meeting their editorial needs. Kara is deeply thankful to God for the word gifts that He has given her and considers writing, editing and proofing a ministry more than a profession.

Speaker | Writing 101: What's Your Story?

So you want to write a book? Great! But how do you start? What is your purpose? How do you ensure that you get that purpose across? In this workshop, we will answer those questions and more. At whatever stage you find yourself, come ready to move farther in your process.