What We Do
Best Writers and Editors is a Washington, DC-based consultancy of internationally recognized writers and editors with extensive experience in journalism and 130+ years on the job. We offer a full range of writing, editing, and coaching services to make your complex content clear.
Our accomplished writers take your most challenging and technical material and translate it into clear and elegant prose.
Our experienced editors smooth your roughest drafts with rigorous rewriting, careful copy editing, and precise proofreading.
Our experts coach groups and individuals in proven techniques to refine the clarity and vibrancy of their writing.
You need effective content to explain what you do and why. You are focused on your business goals, or your mission—not on correct word choice and spelling. Let us obsess over language for you. Our accomplished writers and editors work on deadline to make your complex topics clear. We employ our expertise to craft blog posts, rewrite white papers, burnish annual reports, and more.
You need content to convey your work to the public, from fighting COVID-19, to administering Medicaid for the needy, to keeping America safe from terrorists. But you are too busy to worry about fine-tuning your documents. Our team works on deadline to make your complex topics clear. We use precise rewriting and editing to enhance your documents—proposals, research papers, evaluations, and everything in between. Major products in our portfolio include refining policy documents on national issues, such as the opioid crisis and formal apprenticeship programs, and local crises, such as hunger among vulnerable populations in Colorado.
You need precise words to grab readers’ attention in the constantly changing international environment. You are concerned with global crises, not gerunds. Let us make your complex topics clear, on deadline, in brochures, infographics, research papers, and more. Our astute writers and editors have a combined 35 years working internationally, in 25+ countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia, and throughout the former Soviet sphere. Our work includes perfecting annual reports, drafting blog posts, and energizing website copy.
Coaching Groups and Individuals
You seek to add luster and sophistication to your writing, whether blog posts or poetry. Jack London famously said, “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” We offer help with more delicate instruments— word choice, tone, and punctuation. Our coaching portfolio for groups and individuals includes webinars on effective writing for small businesses, a series of classes for the communications staff of a nonprofit, and helping a retiree draft his memoir on surviving brain cancer.
Who We Are
Katherine Hutt Scott
More than a decade as an international communications specialist and writing coach, following two decades as a reporter and editor.
More than two decades of writing and editing experience for major international organizations.
Almost three decades as a reporter, editor, and media executive, with expertise in content marketing and digital communication.
What People Are Saying...
Best Writers and Editors took a highly technical description of monitoring and evaluation and translated it into engaging language for our website.
Kip Patrick, Senior Director, Advocacy and Communications
Clean Cooking Alliance, United Nations Foundation
In addition to ensuring that all of our content is grammatically accurate and clear, Katherine takes the time to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the writing, questioning an inconsistency in an argument or suggesting ways to make connections between topics clearer. The professionalism of the editing is top notch, which includes brief, helpful explanations behind her suggestions so that similar thinking can be applied on future work.
Publishing a volume of poetry did not seem achievable. It was your expertise, your enthusiasm, your appreciation of my poetry that made me believe in myself. You encouraged me to stretch myself by having me write from different perspectives. I will be forever grateful.
Rachel K. May , author
Tell That to Your Sister
Our Foreign Policy academic partners are very pleased with the articles that Katherine and her team produce for our Graduate Guides. I've heard compliments such as, “They do a better job articulating what we do than we do ourselves,” requests to link the article we produce to their website, and overall satisfaction. Katherine does her best to put our clients’ needs first, is collaborative, and always manages to deliver top quality within our established deadlines.
Sherri Greeves, Director of Academic Partnerships
Katherine masterfully edited several papers by visiting scholars from developing countries. In particular, she helped transform a paper by a scholar whose first language was not English, patiently working with the author in both English and Spanish. Having such a skilled (and multilingual) editor was invaluable.
Merrell Tuck-Primdahl, former Communications Director at the Global Economy and Development program
"There is no word strong enough to thank you for the remarkable and timely support you have provided within the context of what has indeed been one of the most time-sensitive tasks of the year for us."
Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist
African Export-Import Bank
“Katherine’s engaging coaching helped my team dramatically improve their writing in a short period of time. She was incredibly responsive and prepared, making the whole process go more smoothly than I could have imagined.”
Sara Lonardo, former Senior Director of Communications