Courtney Luk


Partner Teacher
NYC Department of Education, NYC Teaching Collaborative (January 2019 - present)

  • Create and execute lesson plans for high school students

  • Classroom and behavioral management using culturally responsive teaching

  • Co-teaching to ensure all students’ needs are met

Freelance Editor
Courtney Luk Editing Services (July 2013 – December 2018)

  • Children’s and young adult literature, fiction, and nonfiction

  • Provide clients with high- and low-order revisions (Developmental and line editing and fact checking)

  • Write editorial critiques to explain main weaknesses and strengths

  • Guide clients toward publication if requested

  • Maintain long-standing relationships with clients

  • Manage website and social media platforms for advertising and engagement with potential clients

Editorial Intern
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, (February 2018 – March 2018)

  • Worked in support of Justin Chanda and Liz Kossnar with S+S Books for Young Readers

  • Attended weekly staff meetings, jacket meetings, acquisition meetings, and Lunch & Learns at which members of different departments discuss their roles

  • Evaluated children’s and YA manuscripts and wrote editorial notes

  • Constructed cover and front/back matter copy, comp title grids, tipsheets, P&Ls, blurb requests, CRFs, and CIP forms and data applications for the Library of Congress

  • Combined proofs from copyediting, design, and editors

  • Navigated Inventory Management System and Editorial databases

  • Administrative tasks, including mailing and organizing metadata

Writers House (February 2017 – June 2017)

  • Worked in support of junior agents, Andrea Morrison and Victoria Doherty-Munro, and senior agents, Rebecca Sherman, Dan Lazar, and Geri Thoma

  • Evaluated and forwarded/rejected manuscripts and queries

  • Wrote reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters for picture books, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts

  • Attended weekly tutorials regarding literary agent responsibilities under the guidance of Michael Mejias as well as seminars about the publishing process

  • Organized and reviewed royalty statements, contracts, and author correspondences using BAITS

  • Administrative work, including fielding phone calls and distributing mail and packages

Lehman College (CUNY)

  • Master’s of ELA Education (expected 2021)

Teaching Artist Project (October 2018 - present)

  • Assist a Community Word Project Teaching Artist in the classroom, including lesson planning, classroom management, and engaging students

  • Attend weekly seminars that focus on how to implement creativity into teaching, discussing and navigating social justice in the classroom, lesson design, curriculum development, Common Core & State Standards, and collaborative teaching

The New School

  • Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (May 2018)

Monmouth University

  • Bachelor’s of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, Minor in Journalism, Honors School graduate (May 2013)


  • Creative and academic writing

  • Administrative duties (organizing files and emails, paperwork, answering phone calls)

  • Organization and multitasking

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and blogging (WordPress, Medium)