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Debbie Clara Bateman

Clear Choice Writing

Duncan, BC


For more than 20 years, I’ve dedicated myself to the art of communicating clearly. Before deciding to work freelance, I was employed by the Calgary Fire Department, SAIT Polytechnic, and SMART Technologies. Over the years, I’ve worked in a variety of genres and formats, from online courses and user guides to brochures, reports, blogs, scripts, and novels.

"The Centre for Sexuality needed support on several very large curriculum projects with tight timelines. Debbie stepped in and was instrumental in helping us get the work done on time and with excellent results. Debbie is an exceptional writer and editor. She is also a highly skilled project manager. She kept the projects on track and did so with rare grace and kindness. Debbie is a true joy to work with and I would highly recommend Debbie for any project." - Pam Krause, Centre for Sexuality

"Debbie has done some great work for Community Legal Education Ontario / Education juridique communautaire Ontario (CLEO) as a freelance plain language editor. Debbie has worked with lawyers to present complex legal information in plain language while preserving its legal meaning. She asks good questions and makes suggestions that help to greatly improve content that is aimed at low-to-moderate income and other disadvantaged communities." - Fara Wali, CLEO

"In editing my novel, Debbie brought three critical elements to the table: her knowledge, professionalism, and a genuine desire to support my growth as a writer.  Starting with a thorough manuscript evaluation, Debbie commented on the overall story structure and flow, narrative and character arcs; identified areas of improvement (and explained why ); and even pointed out areas of strength (and again why).  The copy edit was as equally thorough, providing explanations as to how and why certain changes would strengthen the story. In Debbie, I have an editor who I trust is giving me her best so that I can put forward mine, and I look forward to working with her again!" - Tina Rovatti, novelist

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Permissions
  • Plain language
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Multimedia
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reference materials, general
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials


  • Business
  • Construction and real estate
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogy
  • Technology