Jill Hartmann grew up in Los Angeles, California. In 1989, she moved to San Diego to attend UCSD and graduated with a B.A. in Communications. Jill went on to attend the Graduate Screenwriting Program at USC film school. After film school, Jill returned to San Diego to pursue a new career as a bilingual teacher in English and Spanish. She earned her BCLAD (Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development) teaching credential in 1998 at UCSD Teacher Education Program. Jill loved working with Kindergarten-3rd graders during her decade-long career as a bilingual elementary school teacher.
Jill feels very lucky to have discovered her unique talent for editing in 2009 when she began her career as a copyeditor for Dr. Arthur Roberts, who is now a tenured Associate Professor at UGA School of Pharmacy. She currently works remotely and is available to edit both fiction and non-fiction, as well as PowerPoint and website copy, for students, academics and writers living anywhere around the world.
In January 2012, Jill moved to Athens, Georgia. Relocating to the Southeast was a tremendous life change after living in California for 40 years. However, Jill was thrilled to make the move in order to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a full-time writer and editor after a 15-year hiatus from her writing career.
Since 2013, Jill’s editing career has taken off thanks to the support of all of her fellow writers in Athens, Georgia. Jill is especially grateful to her mentor, friend and colleague, author Katherine Cerulean, president and founder of The Athens Writers Association. Thanks to the AWA, Jill has found her niche in life and she appreciates all of the opportunities as a writer, leader, editor and speaker that have come into her life in Athens, thanks to Katherine, and to The Athens Writers Association.
Jill first joined The Athens Writers Association in July 2013. As one of the founding members of the AWA, Jill has assisted her fellow colleagues in editing and publishing their three anthologies, Writers After Dark, The Journey Home and Laughin’ in Athens. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared in all three of these self-published books. Jill’s poem, “Snow Days,” her memoir, “A Fortuitous Reunion on the Road to Athens,” her non-fiction essay, “December in Athens: Saying Goodbye to the Farmers Market,” and her short story, “Chasing Fireflies,” were published in four separate editions of the popular Athens periodical, Flagpole Magazine.
Jill also facilitates the AWA’s monthly public reading group at Barnes and Noble, which she founded in October 2015 as part of the Athens Writers Association’s ongoing programming. When she was a member of Stadium Toastmasters Club in San Diego, California, Jill won several “Best Speaker,” “Best Evaluator” and “Best Table Topics” awards. On that note, she has brought her performance and public speaking skills to the AWA to mentor her fellow writers in preparation for their own book tours and public readings of their work in local venues.
Since committing to writing and editing full-time in 2012, Jill has also participated in the international writing contest, National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Jill has written more than 50,000 words between November 1-30, four consecutive years in a row: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has been proud to be one of the many winners of National Novel Writing Month worldwide. Jill is in the process of editing the manuscripts she wrote when she won NaNoWriMo and looks forward to seeing them published in the near future!
Jill also is passionate about rescue dogs, especially her first rescue dog, the late Toby Hartmann, her pug, Lizzie, and her Frenchie pug, Reggie. It was Toby’s unconditional love, and the special bond between Jill and Toby, that inspired her to write a memoir of their ten years together, which she hopes to self-publish in 2019. One day, Jill hopes to have her own non-profit senior dog rescue, but in the meantime, she enjoys advocating for dogs of all ages in need of a forever home.