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Catharine Chen

Toronto, ON M6J 3N8


  • Claudette Upton Scholarship (2012)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Awards (2014)


I am a freelance editor based in Toronto, Ontario. I currently do contract work conducting substantive edits, stylistic edits, copy edits, proofreads, and editorial assessments for HarperCollins Canada, Strong Finish Editorial, Author Solutions, and private clients. I have experience editing books of nonfiction and fiction—literary, popular, young adult—and am familiar with Chicago, Oxford, and Canadian styles.A native Vancouverite, I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and have completed the Publishing Program at Ryerson University. I have interned at HarperCollins Canada and Random House Canada and have received the Marsh Jeanneret Memorial Award from Ryerson University and the Claudette Upton Scholarship from the EAC. I have previously worked as an English tutor, as Fiction Editor of PRISM international, at the Playwrights Theatre Centre, at the Vancouver Writers Festival, in screenplay development, in communications, and in administration.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Indexing
  • Layout and design
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Indexes
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Study guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Biography
  • Handicrafts
  • Humanities, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general