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Judith Nylvek, B.A. Hons, M.A., Ph.D.

Creative Solutions Editing and Writing Limited

Victoria, BC


I am a professional editor, proofreader, indexer, and writer who specializes in academic and non-fiction documents. With nearly thirty years experience evaluating academic papers I have developed a keen eye for spotting spelling and grammar errors. I am also able to evaluate the structure of a paper and suggest reorganization of the material if necessary. 

I have nearly 30 years’ experience teaching linguistics and English grammar at a Canadian university. The focus of my research has been the history and development of Canadian English, but I have also studied the American English, British English and other World Englishes.

I specialize in academic writing for the humanities, social sciences, human and social development, and education, but I have diverse interests, so I am able to edit and index a wide variety of topics.

My experience as a linguist and as a sociolinguist has provided me with knowledge of linguistics language structure, the history of the English language, and English dialects, world Englishes, North American English, American English, American history, British English, Canadian English, Canadian history, global Englishes, English grammar, syntax, and language revitalization. The interdisciplinary nature of sociolinguistics includes gender studies and intersectionality, humanities, history, legal language and law, psychology, psycholinguistics, race and racial issues, ethnolects, sociology, political science, social sciences in general, as well as education and teaching. For my teaching, I have developed online courses and online course materials.

My experience as a music student includes studying classical piano for many years. I have also studied keyboards, classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, mandolin, bluegrass music, fiddle tunes, music history, musical instruments, music theory, ukulele, violin, and other string instruments. I have recently worked on music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology projects..

I have lived with dogs most of my life and have participated in obedience training, and obedience trialing. I also have experience with cats, horses, and other animals.

Other interests include crafts, crocheting, cooking, food, recipes, hobbies, sports, hockey, knitting, local history, Prairies, rural lifestyle, travel, tourism, weather, west coast history and lifestyle, and religions, including Christianity.

My company is Creative Solutions Editing and Writing Limited where I work as an editor, indexer, writer and consultant. I would be happy to evaluate your manuscript and provide you with a quote for your project. We can discuss your needs and what suits your budget. To contact me, click on the “Contact person by email” link above. You can also click on the link above to visit my website.


Doctor of Philosophy, Linguistics, 1992. University of Victoria
Master of Arts, Linguistics, 1984. University of Victoria
Bachelor of Arts Honours, Linguistics, 1982. University of Victoria

Professional Development

Simon Fraser University
   EDIT110 Editors and Editing
   EDIT210 Copy Editing
   EDIT220 Basic Proofreading
   EDIT508 Stylistic Editing
   EDIT509 Business Processes in Editing
   TCOM120 Technical Writing and Editing
   TCOM230 Indexing: An Essential Art and Science.

University of California, Berkeley
   JOURN X477 Indexing: Theory and Application




Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, general
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Reference materials, general
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Information technology
  • Music
  • North America
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology