Articles, Theses, and Dissertations
Academic papers, theses, and dissertations demonstrate to your peers the value of your research. Clarity is required, but how can you be clear when writing about complex ideas and technical subjects? No matter the document or your discipline, I can help you to express hard ideas in a clear and concise way. Over my 30-year career, I have edited hundreds of academic works from a wide range of disciplines, including environmental science, nursing, food science, Indigenous history, and public policy. Check out a partial list of these documents under “Portfolio.”
Are you looking for someone who can help you improve your academic writing? I have taught academic and scientific writing to thousands of students from a variety of fields, including engineering, pharmacy, sociology, political science, and policy studies. I have also coached many individual faculty members and students, including those for whom English is an additional language. Simply send your paper to me, and we will go over it together via Zoom, an outstanding coaching platform. I will help you improve your writing by pointing out areas of weakness and sending you videos and other resources tailored to your unique writing issues.
Grant Applications, Statements, and Tenure and Promotion Documents
I have helped numerous students and professors write successful grant and scholarship applications, statements, and tenure and promotion documents. The best submissions are engaging, focused, disciplined, and written in plain English. Most drafts I see require both a stylistic edit and a copy edit. It’s my job to help you eliminate wordiness, reduce abstraction, craft engaging sentences, and ensure your application is letter perfect.
Latest Editorial Projects
Manuscripts Edited from 2018 - 2021
My rate for university professors is $65 per hour.
My rate for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows is $50 per hour.
There is simply no other person I would recommend.
Heather is outstanding! Her patience, attention to detail, and insightful feedback on my writing was the best I have ever received.
I was at a standstill with my dissertation. Heather helped me to get going again.
The quality of Heather’s work is top shelf, adding grace to places that were lacking and pointing out better ways of communicating.
Thanks to Heather, I won three Canadian graduate scholarships.
I‘m now a much more confident writer.
Heather is a terrific technical editor.
Heather is the best academic editor I have ever had.
I've benefited enormously from Heather's knowledge. She is a superb editor.
I cannot speak enough on how exceptional Heather's editing skills are. Heather can bring your research skills and writing to their full potential and consistently has your best interests at heart.
With Heather’s guidance, I polished my dental school applications and gained acceptance to my dream dental school.
Heather's technical skills combined with her carefulness, creativity and gentle guidance make her an outstanding editor.
For my entire career, I’ve been immersed in academic writing and editing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and a Master of Arts in Library Science, I worked in academic publishing, where I was Acquisitions Editor and later Publisher and Editorial Director for a large textbook publisher in Toronto. In 1999, I established my own business as a project manager and editor of nursing textbooks. In 2012, I completed my credentials for teaching English as a Second Language and then began teaching academic and scientific writing to graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Later, I became the university’s Graduate Writing Specialist. In this role, I coached individual students and gave numerous workshops across campus on how to craft theses and dissertations, journal papers, grant and scholarship applications, and statements.
I currently work part time at the University of Saskatchewan as Student Writing Advisor for the School of Environment and Sustainability. I am also Student Writing Advisor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, where I teach academic and professional writing courses.