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Judith Nylvek, B.A. Hons, M.A., Ph.D.

Creative Solutions Editing and Writing Limited

Victoria, BC


I am a professional editor and proofreader who specializes in academic and non-fiction documents. With thirty years of experience evaluating academic papers I have developed a keen eye for spotting spelling and grammar errors. I am also able to evaluate the structure of a paper and suggest reorganization of the material if necessary. I can help you simplify your text to clarify meaning. As an academic, I am familiar with several citation and style guides including APA, Chicago, and Turabian. I am meticulous when it comes to formatting a document according to a style guide and I can advise you on your use of citations to avoid any plagiarism.

I have over 30 years’ experience teaching linguistics and English grammar at a Canadian university. The focus of my research has been the history and development of Canadian English, but I have also studied the American English, British English and other World Englishes.

My editing specialty is academic writing in the humanities, social sciences, human and social development, and education, but I have diverse interests, so I am able to edit documents on a wide variety of topics. I have created online course material for several of my courses and I have experience working as a project manager/editor for an online course project.

My company is Creative Solutions Editing and Writing Limited where I work as an editor, writer and consultant. I would be happy to evaluate your manuscript and provide you with a quote for your project. We can discuss your needs and what suits your budget. To contact me, click on the “Contact person by email” link above. You can also click on the link above to visit my website.

Whether your manuscript is academic or non-fiction, here is a list of my main interests:

American English, American history, bibliography, bibliographies, bluegrass, bluegrass music, British English, Canadian English, Canadian History, Canadianization, Christianity, religion, Classical guitar, Classical music, crafts, crocheting, cats, English, English language, English dialects, dialects, dogs,obedience training, dog obedience. dog obedience training, education, educator, fiddle, fiddle tunes, cooking, food, recipes, Global English, Global Englishes, grammar, English grammar, guitar, fingerstyle guitar, gender studies, hobbies, hockey, horses, humanities, history, keyboard, keyboards, knitting, language, language structure, linguistics, local history, local histories, law, legal language, mandolin, mandolins, music, music history, musical instruments, music instruments, music theory, North American English, online course, online course development, online courses, piano, plagiarism, plagiarizing, prairie, Prairies, rural, rural lifestyle, sociolinguistics, social sciences, psychology, psycholinguistics, sociology, political science, storms, string instruments, syntax, teaching, teacher, teachers, travel, tourism, ukulele, ukuleles, violin, violins, weather, west coast, World English, World Englishes, indexing, language revitalization

Here is a list of the types of manuscripts I edit:

advertising, advertisements, articles, blogs, conference materials, conference presentations, conference posters, educational materials, grant applications, grants, journal articles, magazine articles, books, book chapters, brochures, business letters, business reports, essays, how-to books, text, texts, textbook, textbooks, monograph, monographs, papers, periodicals, PowerPoint, PowerPoint presentations, reference materials, study guides, style guides, thesis, theses, dissertations, websites, index, indexing


Doctor of Philosophy, Linguistics, 1992. University of Victoria

Master of Arts, Linguistics, 1984. University of Victoria

Bachelor of Arts Honours, Linguistics, 1982. University of Victoria


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, general
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Music
  • North America
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology