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Christa Bedwin

Banff, AB T1L 1E6
Canada
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Marketing and Public Relations (2015, 2014)
  • Publications (2015, 2014, 2011)

Profile

I edit and write all kinds of educational, scientific and general materials. I've been at this for more than 18 years so far, and I still love it!

For engineering, science, and business writers: 1. I deliver seminars on better writing, 2. I have written some textbooks for writing (see www.solarosatech.com), and 3. I have a subscription service for regular e-mails to help groups within companies develop their writing skills.

I enjoy writing, from contract writing (educational, business, and other), food and travel articles, novels, and various philosophical and language articles on LinkedIn.

I am experienced in finding omissions and errors in logic in complex material, in spotting detail errors, and in simplifying and clarifying language to make your high-level text more accessible to readers of all levels.

Clients often comment that my edits are very thorough, and that they appreciate my useful suggestions to improve future writing and delivery almost as much as the visible improvements to the quality and comprehensibility of their documents.

I have written, edited, and consulted with educational publishing teams that create texts to support productive, enriching, intriguing learning for teen, pre-teen, and adult (including aboriginal ESL) audiences, and am passionately committed to good pedagogy, high quality, and accuracy.

I am innovative, creative, cooperative, flexible, thorough, and even occasionally brilliant at developing curriculum-related text, puzzles, problems, projects, newspaper columns, experiments, special feature articles, and other learning tools. I have been a professional teacher, tutor, and instructor of many subjects at many levels.

On the personal side, I am ranch-raised, city-educated, and well-travelled with a broad interest base. These traits have come in handy in several general-interest editing projects, which I also enjoy from time to time.

In the past I had a professional chemist's designation and am a certified yoga teacher. I taught high school chemistry and math back in the day and have travelled extensively. I know my way around horses and cows and airports and foreign places and am always up for a new adventure.

Some examples of praise I've received from clients:

"That was the first time I have ever forgotten to look at my phone during a seminar. You really kept us involved."-- seminar participant, Calgary

"This is why (in addition of you making me sound like a decent English-writing person) I like working with you… You ask real questions on stuff that I take for granted." (from a university Chemistry professor/researcher)

“One of our engineers took both your session, and the professional engineers' association session, and he said that your session was better.” -- engineering manager, Edmonton

"Again, thank you for an excellent presentation last night. I don't say that lightly. Because of my background in speaking and teaching I am typically more critical (but not in the negative way) of presentations. You and your presentation were excellent. Full stop."

"Your article was truly lovely. You captured the feeling and the ambience (and the facts) in such a beautiful way." (from an attendee at an event I wrote about)

"Thank you for your very thorough review of this report. I've incorporated the vast majority of your changes and I've provided better explanations for areas that you suggested were confusing or unclear. It's been a pleasure working with you." (from a Canadian government science agency)

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Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, other
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations

Subjects

  • Business
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Health
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Sciences, general