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Laurie Milner


I am a freelance editor and university professor with a PhD in Art History (Northwestern University). I have over 25 years experience working with academics, fiction writers and artists on articles, books, presentations, short stories, novels, artist statements, project, exhibition and grant proposals, and a wide range of innovative and experimental texts.

I work closely with my authors to achieve a fine symmetry between the technical and artistic aspects of their projects. I understand the complexity of thought in scholarly argumentation and the importance of nuance in cultural communication; I am particularly sensitive to the unique challenges of giving voice to non-verbal forms of creative practice.

I have worked with authors at all levels of English writing experience, from award-winning novelists and distinguished academics to novices and non-native speakers. My editorial interventions aim to provide clarity to the text and bring out the unique voice of each writer. In all cases I protect the confidentiality of my clients.

I also teach courses in academic and creative writing, modern and contemporary art and theory, philosophy and museology in undergraduate and graduate university programs. I am well versed in methods of textual, visual and historical analysis, critical theories, continental philosophy and Mahayana Buddhist philosophy; I read French fluently. 

I would be delighted to speak with you about how I can help you communicate your ideas with precision and authority. 

Please note that I follow the EAC Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations.

Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Periodicals, general
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Aboriginal people
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Society, general