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Cheryl O'Shea

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I specialize in editing academic materials.  I worked for 22 years in university administration, where I edited many types of publications including academic manuscripts, articles, theses, course materials, calendar entries, newsletters, website content, marketing copy and student records.  I have particular expertise and knowledge in the fields of Religious Studies, Classics, Ethics, and Cultural Studies.  I have a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Dalhousie University.  I am fluent in English, French and Spanish.  I have lived all over Canada and have travelled broadly, mostly in the U.S. but also in Europe and the Caribbean.  For many years, I have tutored non-English speakers learning English or studying for ESL tests.  I love language - its forms and its possibilities - and I am fascinated by what it can help us to communicate if used expressively and correctly.  My experience in a university setting as well as my own personal travels have shown me that language precision and cultural understanding are equally important in our interactions with others. I have a special interest in helping people communicate their ideas and knowledge in the best possible way.  I am happy to assist you with your project.  

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, English to French
  • Translation, French to English
  • Translation, other


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, general
  • Brochures
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Central and South America
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and spirituality