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Matthew Godden

Thames Valley Wordworks

172 High Street
London, ON N6C 4K6
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • Certified Structural Editor (2015)
  • Certified Stylistic Editor (2016)


Writer, editor, and writing coach, certified by Editors Canada in Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing. I'm experienced and intuitive, and I love helping authors with the hard work of taking their projects to the next level.

I believe in the mysterious and transformative power of the writing process. I also believe in the power of a good book to change the world for the better.  I love working on texts that challenge mainstream thinking and break new ground artistically and/or ideologically.

As a ghostwriter or developmental editor, I love planning books and idea architectures from the ground up. When I'm doing manuscript evaluations and structural edits, I address weak points in the plot or argument. Does the book fulfill its promise to the reader? Does it ask the right questions and then answer them fully? Is the book served by the tone and style of the writing? Is it logically sound and emotionally satisfying?

I provide discounted rates for poetry projects, as well as projects of any genre in the following subject areas: sexuality, feminism, gender, and social justice.

Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Graphical materials
  • In-house publications
  • Multimedia
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poetry
  • Public relations materials
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Administration
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Family
  • Finance and taxation
  • Government
  • Health
  • History, Canadian
  • International relations
  • Labour and employment
  • Life sciences
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Philosophy
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences