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Carolyn Johnstone

Clear Expressions Inc.

Ottawa, ON


Located in Canada's national capital region, Clear Expressions Inc. was founded in 2003 by Carolyn Johnstone.

Carolyn’s proficiency with clear expression has been developed through a blend of specialty areas—ten years as a technical illustrator (often editing the writers’ work!), then over 20 years as a corporate and technical writer, documentation specialist, word artist, and plain language translator.

With an Honours BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Technical Illustration from Sheridan College, and a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Carolyn brings to Clear Expressions a solid foundation of insight into the finer points of word artistry.

Through Clear Expressions, Carolyn has enjoyed working with large and small businesses, government agencies, and non-government organizations on all manner of writing projects. From corporate white papers, policy and process documents and documentation suites, to web site content, regulatory documents and bid responses to government requests for proposals (RFPs), and just about everything in between, her attention to detail and passion for plain language “translation” keep yielding quality results.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Graphical materials
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Family
  • Government
  • Health
  • Health care
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Travel and tourism