Contributor at Cinema Sentries
Greater Chicago Area | Entertainment

Kit O'Toole is a popular culture freelance writer, specializing in music, books, film, and internet topics. Her work has appeared on sites such as and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She currently writes for Something Else! Reviews, Blinded by Sound, and Cinema Sentries.


writing, editing, critique, web, technology, music, books

Contributor (2012 - Present)
Something Else! Reviews

Write a variety of reviews and opinion pieces on music.

Contributor (2011 - Present)
Cinema Sentries

I specialize in reporting on music as portrayed in film.

Contributor (2011 - Present)
Blinded by Sound

I maintain a regular column, "DeepSoul," which explores various R&B songs from the 50s to today.

Contributing Editor (1995 - Present)
Beatlefan Magazine

Maintains "Hard Day's Net," a column spotlighting the best Beatles-related websites on the Internet
Writes frequent editorials and features on Beatles-related topics

Music Editor (2011 - 2012)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, Publishing
Music Writer (2008 - 2012)
Writer (2008 - 2011)
Privately Held, Publishing

Write music reviews and maintains a weekly column, "The Cutout Bin," spotlighting more obscure artists and albums. I also write technology reviews and "how to" articles.

E-structor (2002 - 2003)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, E-Learning

• Tutored students in asynchronous and synchronous environments
• Tutored students from junior colleges, four-year colleges, and the e-Army program
• Tutored ESL students in writing concerns

Writing Consultant, Writing Center (2001 - 2002)
Northern Illinois University
Educational Institution, 1001-5000 employees, Higher Education

• Tutored students in grammar and other writing concerns
• Tutored non-native speakers of English
• Presented to classes on writing topics such as writing the research paper

Writing Consultant, Writing Across the Curriculum program (1997 - 2000)
Northern Illinois University
Educational Institution, 1001-5000 employees, Higher Education

• Served as a consultant for students and faculty in the depar tments of Economics, History, Political
Science, and Sociology
• Tutored individual students in a variety of writing concerns
• Presented to undergraduate and graduate classes on writing
• Developed handouts on grammar and writing techniques
• Wrote marketing materials promoting the Writing Across the Curriculum program such as
newsletters and brochures
• Presented a faculty workshop on assignment design and assessment

Teaching Assistant, Freshman English program (1996 - 1997)
Northern Illinois University
Educational Institution, 1001-5000 employees, Higher Education

• Taught two sections of freshman composition 103 (introduction to writing) and three sections of 104 (writing the research paper), one section in Summer 1999
• Developed weekly lesson plans and devised writing assignments
• Participated in Northern Illinois University’s teaching intern program, which trains new teachers, from August 1996 – May 1997

Skills & Expertise

Editing, Books, Blogging, Critique, Music, Editorial, Writing

Northern Illinois University (1996 - 2006)
Ed.D., Instructional Technology
Activities and societies: • Student representative, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Council, August 2000 – May 2001 • Student representative, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Council Curriculum Committee, August 2000 – May 2001 • Student representative, Graduate Student Advisory Committee, August 2000 – May 2001 • President, English Graduate Student Association, August 1997 –May 1998

Dissertation title: "Toward A Tri-Level Model and Comprehensive Theory for Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) Research and Design"

Summary: This study proposes a comprehensive theory and tri-level model for Online Writing Laboratories (OWLs), drawing primarily from learning-to-learn and e-learning theories. In order to fully deconstruct OWLs and allow for various perspectives, poststructuralism and Thomas Kuhn’s paradigm shift theory serve as the conceptual frameworks for the study.

DePaul University (1994 - 1996)
M.A., Writing
Benedictine University (1991 - 1994)
B.A., Literature and Communications

Graduated summa cum laude


Kit is a person one never forgets. She spent countless hours with me during my undergraduate time and helped me by reviewing my papers. In addition, she explained techniques for improving my papers so that I would become a better writer. Those skills she built provided me are ones I needed to succeed in graduate school and beyond it. Although I haven't seen Kit face-to-face in many years, I often recall back to those times when she was there for me.