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Sara Promislow, MEd, PhD


Having trouble writing a grant proposal? Need help preparing a manuscript for publication or your thesis for review? Feeling “stuck”? My academic editing, coaching, and writing services are just what you need!

I have more than 16 years’ experience in research and education. I work with researchers, graduate students, and authors, across disciplines, to improve the articulation of their knowledge, experience, and ideas.

With a background in second language education, I have extensive experience working with authors for whom English is a second (or third) language. 

I work with authors to enhance the clarity of their writing, improve the organization of their manuscripts, and identify gaps in their content. I offer copyediting, stylistic and strctural editing services, as well as manuscript evaluation and formatting (APA, AMA, Vancouver, CMS). 

I edit doctoral theses, research papers, books and book chapters, grant proposals, conference abstracts, and scientific reports. In addition to traditional academic discourse, I edit non-fiction manuscripts, including narrative, life history, and memoir. 

Since completing my PhD in Adult Education at OISE/University of Toronto in 2005, I have held a number of positions in health sciences research and education at the University of Toronto and the Sickkids Research Institute. I have focused on improving healthcare and clinical practice through research, education, and knowledge translation. I specialize in qualitative, arts-informed, and mixed research methods; implementation science; and health professions' education. In my doctoral research, I explored the experiences of childhood immigrants who maintained their mother tongue and became bilingual. 


"Sara's editing expertise and keen insights greatly assisted me in identifying the priorities of the ideas I wanted to convey in my dissertation. This made the structural and stylistic edits of my dissertation all the more effective and efficient." Karim, PhD, University of Toronto.

"It was a great pleasure working with Sara. Her understanding of interdisciplinary subject matters is exceptional. She fully respected my original work and made very thoughtful edits to strengthen the major arguments. Her constructive feedback helped me reflect upon various thoughts and articulate my ideas more effectively. I highly recommend her editing services." Cecelia, PhD, University of Waterloo.

"I would highly recommend Sara as an editor. Her editing expertise was invaluable in strengthening the ideas that I wished to convey in my dissertation. Her professionalism, respect for different fields of study, and flexibility made it a joy to work with her." Melanie, PhD, University of Toronto.


Stevens, B., Yamada, J, Promislow, S., et al. Pain assessment and management after a knowledge translation booster intervention. Pediatrics, 2016.138(4).  

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. How long does it last? Sustaining improved pain practices in pediatric hospitals following implementation of a knowledge translation intervention and pain practice booster. The Journal of Pain, 2015.16(4): S89.

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. The staying power of change: sustainability of pain practice improvements after a multidimensional knowledge translation intervention. BMC Health Services Research, 2014. 14 (Suppl 2): P118.

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. Implementation of multidimensional knowledge translation strategies to improve procedural pain in hospitalized children. Implementation Science, 2014. 9:120.

Knowles JG, Promislow S, Cole AL (Eds.). Creating Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-Informed Thesis or Dissertation, 2008. Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & The Centre for Arts-informed Research.

Knowles JG, Promislow S. Using an arts methodology to create a thesis or dissertation. In AL Cole, JG Knowles, Edps. Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Social Science Research, 2007. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Culture
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogy
  • Social sciences