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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. I have created online course materials for several of my courses and I have experience working as a project manager/editor for an online course project.

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.

Whether your manuscript is academic or non-fiction, here is a list of my main interests:

American English, American history, bibliography, bibliographies, bluegrass, bluegrass music, British English, Canadian English, Canadian History, Canadianization, Christianity, religion, Classical guitar, Classical music, crafts, crocheting, cats, English, English language, English dialects, dialects, dogs,obedience training, dog obedience. dog obedience training, education, educator, fiddle, fiddle tunes, cooking, food, recipes, Global English, Global Englishes, grammar, English grammar, guitar, fingerstyle guitar, gender studies, hobbies, hockey, horses, humanities, history, keyboard, keyboards, knitting, language, language structure, linguistics, local history, local histories, law, legal language, mandolin, mandolins, music, music history, musical instruments, music instruments, music theory, North American English, online course, online course development, online courses, piano, plagiarism, plagiarizing, prairie, Prairies, rural, rural lifestyle, sociolinguistics, social sciences, psychology, psycholinguistics, sociology, political science, storms, string instruments, syntax, teaching, teacher, teachers, travel, tourism, ukulele, ukuleles, violin, violins, weather, west coast, World English, World Englishes, indexing, language revitalization

Here is a list of the types of manuscripts I edit:

advertising, advertisements, articles, blogs, conference materials, conference presentations, conference posters, educational materials, grant applications, grants, journal articles, magazine articles, books, book chapters, brochures, business letters, business reports, essays, how-to books, text, texts, textbook, textbooks, monograph, monographs, papers, periodicals, PowerPoint, PowerPoint presentations, reference materials, study guides, style guides, thesis, theses, dissertations, websites, index, indexing


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
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • 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
  • Economics
  • 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
  • Law
  • Music
  • North America
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology