Editorial Experience

1995–Present, Freelance Editor, Toronto, Canada
For more than 20 years, I’ve run a thriving freelance practice, serving a range of clients from established publishing houses to non-profit organizations to private individuals. Nature has been one of my principal subjects and represents an area in which I am continually deepening my expertise.

1990–94 Editor, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
As Communications Editor of Toronto’s centre for education, arts and recreation, I supervised the writing of 12 full-time marketers and publicists and worked closely with 8 graphic designers. I created and implemented a linguistic style for thousands of press kits, brochures, guides, newsletters and reports, performing the full range of editorial functions—from structural editing to stylistic editing to proofreading.

1988–89 Copy Editor/Editorial Assistant, D. C. Heath Publisher, Toronto, Canada
Biology figured early in my editing career. In this, my first editorial position, I undertook copy-editing and editorial coordination for science textbooks and teacher’s guides.

For details of editing projects, see Projects.

Awards & Distinctions for English
  • Selected for the Jenny McKean Moore Writers’ Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction (juried), George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA, 1994
  • Commonwealth Scholarship for English (for study at York University, UK), 1982–85
  • Elizabeth Salter Memorial Prize for English, University of York, York, UK, 1983
  • Dowe-Hicks Award for English, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1981
  • James McGill Scholarship for English, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1980

  • Postgraduate certificate in Creative Writing, Humber College, Toronto, 2004
  • M.Phil. in English Literature (by dissertation), York University, England, May 1987
  • B.A. in English Literature (First Class Honours), McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1982
  • Quebec Government Certificate of Bilingualism (French-English), Montreal, Canada, 1979

Continuing Education

Workshops from the Editors’ Association of Canada

  • Thriving as a Freelance Editor
  • Advanced Editing Seminars
  • Plain Language
  • Substantive Editing
  • Editing Newsletters
  • Permissions

Writing Workshops

  • Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
  • Feature Writing for Magazines and Newspapers, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • The Complete Travel Writer, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada