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Brenda Leifso

Brenda Leifso MA, MFA

487 King St. W.
Kingston, ON K7L 2X7
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I am a full-service editor in Kingston, ON, Canada with over a decade of experience substantively and copy-editing literary and trade books, self-published books, literary journals, government and academic publications, web-based texts, and publications for non-profits. I've also served as managing editor, run major social media campaigns, and project-managed website development. I've taught writing and editing at the college level.

I've contracted for international development agencies, federal and provincial governments, academics, web publications, memoirists, poetry magazines, and fiction and trade non-fiction writers. 

With an MA in English, an MFA in Writing, a BA with a double major in History and Writing, and a BA in English, I have a particular interest in editing book-length manuscripts, including non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, and academic dissertations. 

As a registered yoga teacher, I also have a special interest in editing health and wellness publications.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Poetry
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Africa
  • Arts
  • Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Gender studies
  • Government, federal
  • Government, provincial
  • Health
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Labour and employment
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature