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Julie McGonegal


Strong writing is as much about style as it is about substance. As a published author and editor with a PhD in English literature, I am deeply committed to helping my clients convey nuanced ideas with clarity and eloquence. Let me help you craft language that informs and illuminates. I offer a full range of editorial services and a genuine spirit of support. 

I specialize in serious non-fiction, including academic writing, and invite manuscripts in the fields of literature, cultural studies, sociology, political science, history, philosophy, and religion. For academics, I offer expertise in editing the following: book manuscripts, dissertations, scholarly articles, conference papers, abstracts, grant materials, and curricula vitae. 

I have a special passion for projects related to social justice, together with a solid background of working with non-profit organizations. For non-profits, I edit content for newsletters, magazines, and websites, among other media. Currently, I serve as managing editor for Mandate magazine and as editor of Insight in The United Church Observer. The concerns closest to my heart are Indigenous justice, climate change, and social equality.


I began my career as an academic. After completing a PhD and postdoctoral research in English literature, I turned down a tenure-track position to pursue editing in a full-time, freelance capacity.  My passion for editing was first sparked through my service on the editorial board of a scholarly journal, and as co-editor of a substantial collection of essays (Literature for Our Times, Rodopi Press). As a published author of a book (Imagining Justice, McGill-Queens UP) and several articles in journals and magazines, I know how important it is to have a knowledgeable and encouraging editor by your side. I have been working as an editor for over a decade now, always with the aim of treating others' words with the same care that I do my own.


PhD, English, McMaster University, 2004.

MA, English, McMaster University, 2000.

BA Honours, English and Political Science, University of Western Ontario, 1999.

Selected Publications

Imagining Justice:  The Politics of Postcolonial Forgiveness and Reconciliation.  Kingston:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Co-edited with Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, and Arun Mukherjee. New York: Rodopi Press, 2012. 


"Julie is well-informed, prompt, has a keen eye for detail, and is genuinely engaged in the work she is reading. She is a pleasure to work with. Thank you, Julie!" -- Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, Associate Professor, McMaster University

"I have worked with many editors, but Julie was the only one who truly did a superb job. She was attentive to my writing style, and to the message that I was trying to convey. She made my PhD dissertaton sound better, and more intelligible. She is definitely the best editor that I have ever worked with, and I highly recommend her."-- S. Diab, PhD

"I want to stress what a positive and rewarding experience this has been for me. If I hadn't contacted you for your editorial services, my paper would probably still be sitting on my desk, untouched and unread. I wanted to convert the paper into an article, but I felt overwhelmed and uncertain. Truly, your advice about how to restructure and supplement the paper was the kickstart I needed, giving me the motivation to move forward with confidence. What's more is that I was able to revise, and then revise and resubmit, the paper without getting sidetracked or falling behind on my dissertation writing--in large part because I was able to rely on your consultation and advice to walk me through every step along the way. You've helped me to manage my time and keep my anxiety levels to a minimum. I can't thank you enough."-- Lindsay Diehl, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

"Julie McGonegal is much more than an editor: as someone who becomes closely connected with your work, she becomes a trusted advisor. Her ideas are informed, as she has a wide knowledge base. She is a generous person who is committed to delivering the best possible product. Her service is prompt and professional, and she meets agreed-upon deadlines. My writing is more concise and precise by working with her."-- PhD candidate, University of Toronto

"Julie McGonegal has always done outstanding edits and critiques of my essays for publication. She is accurate and complete in copyediting with quick turnaround, and her genuine and constructive suggestions have improved my essays immeasurably... With her keen insight and critical mind, she was exactly the first reader I needed for transforming the unruliness in my writing into highly readable material. I am delighted to have found her and look forward to working with her again." -- Rachel Hung, Associate Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

"I just finished reading your comments and corrections, and was very impressed. They were brilliant. Your comments were insightful and your corrections were well explained.  Also, I cannot thank you enough for your promptness. I would gladly recommend you to anyone seeking an editor and look forward to working with you again in the near future." -- Sandra Comeau, PhD

"Thank you so much for all your help. You've done such a great job with the editing!  My heartfelt thanks for being so incredibly supportive, flexible and responsive!"-- Kathy Li, Senior Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, PhD in Health Policy

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Indexing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • Educational materials, general
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Reference materials, general
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Culture
  • Government
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general