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Irene Hope Kavanagh

Final Writes Editorial Services

Abbotsford, BC V2T 0H6

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Annual General Meeting (2014)
  • British Columbia Branch (2012)
  • Conference (2011)
  • Marketing and Public Relations (2012)
  • Newsletter (2011, 2012)


My cinema studies degree is from the University of Toronto. Like film, words create moving images as we read, or write, and stories are best enhanced when the editing process is seamless as it tracks through the narrative.

Words--still the best bartering agents we have to attract, connect with, and hold the interest and hearts of our intended audience.

My work, highlighting stylistic/line, structural/substantive, and copy editing for a clear, effortless ease of reading, includes:

Fiction and its subgenres ~ e.g., mystery, fantasy, science-fiction, historical, magical realism; novels, short stories, children's stories, women's fiction.

Nonfiction, including memoir, family history, biography, self-help, motivational subjects; creative nonfiction.

Manuscript (including plays and screenplays) reading for evaluation;

Essays, articles;



Personal/professional profiles;

Business reports;



Editing and writing in my background began and grew within arts, academic, legal, and business environments, all of which offer an understanding of different professional and personal settings and their respective writing styles.

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” ~ Elmore Leonard 

As an editor and writer, I’m in the business of words as currency and understand the needs required to balance commerce and creativity. I appreciate and value writing as an intuitive skill, a creation of mind and heart.

The right words can change shades of meaning, the same way music in film steers emotions. The more capable we are of using the richness and subtleties of language, the better we connect, which is pretty much the whole point of writing.

"I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." ~
James A. Michener

I continue my professional development through Editors Canada online webinars covering essentials of writing and publishing, together with personal research and reading.

I see writing as the liveliest and most personally engaging of the arts, holding the power to make us feel, think, and surrender to the heart of the story or message.

Final Writes is committed to helping authors, published and as yet unpublished, continue to define their unique voice and style.

"As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colours." ~ Rhys Alexander

(But maybe not all at once.)


A few comments:

"Irene Kavanagh's exquisite commentary of my manuscript provided insights that were at once both powerful and helpful. Ms. Kavanagh brought concentrated editing experience to the table and I am deeply appreciative for her expertise." ~ Eleanor Cowan, memoirist, teacher, public speaker


"It has been pure pleasure dealing with a professional like you." ~ Don Gutteridge, Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario, historical fiction novelist, poet, scholarly writer


Irene is a highly skilled and brilliant editor. Her work enhanced the quality of my newly published novel without altering my style or voice. She is a credit to her profession, and I can't imagine working with anyone else. ~ Gwenyth Snow, teacher, writer, speaker


"I'm happy to recommend Irene as an editor. She's unfailingly professional and positive, keeps to deadlines, and is easy to work with. Irene understands well the crafting of a story and takes a keen and knowledgeable interest in character. For me, her film background was a great bonus. She strongly appreciates narrative flow and the elements needed to make a story read better without altering the author's voice. Irene is dedicated to her craft."  ~ Sharon MacGougan, fantasy novelist, social activist


". . . Thank you for your incredible skill . . . for helping me be heard. . ." Ashta-deb ~ memorist, speaker, writer


"What made for a great working relationship is her patience and extra effort in providing comments that improved both the content of my work and my writing style." ~ Ken Kroes, novelist/environmental writer


"Irene Kavanagh is a joy to work with. She edited my prized manuscript (where I reveal my heart and soul) with such sensitivity and a deep understanding of my voice and message. I will not hesitate to work with Irene on my next book and highly recommend her work to all authors!" ~ Jacquie Somerville, motivational speaker, author, coach"


"Irene was the editor for two of my books. I very much appreciate her sensitivity and insights into the characters that define my past and present life. Her attention to detail helped me dig deeper into events that left the strongest impact through time. I carried into my second book, Blue Milk and Green Water, all that I learned about the subtleties of language in storytelling. Her comments are clear and easy to follow, and her encouragement and support continued throughout and beyond the editing process. I would highly recommend Irene's editorial services for your first manuscript and continued writings." ~ Annette Zoheret, author, musician, speaker




Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • Fiction
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Entertainment
  • Europe
  • Family
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Religion and spirituality