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Keith Goddard, BFA, BEd, MA

Common Sense Editing

Toronto, ON M4C5A5
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Editors Toronto (2022, 2023)


I am a Toronto-based freelance editor specializing in editing for the education and music sectors. I have experience editing a wide variety of non-fiction materials including music dissertations, grant proposals, websites, and academic papers. No matter the subject, I can make your writing clear, consistent, and error-free so that it resonates with your intended audience. Besides copy editing, stylistic editing, substantive editing, and proofreading, I can provide you with a style sheet to ensure consistency throughout your manuscript. I have an editing certificate from Simon Fraser University and an MA from York University. 

Education Sector

As a former public school teacher in Toronto, I can make your instructional materials (teacher and learner resources) clear and engaging and ensure the vocabulary used is grade-appropriate. I have a thorough understanding of educational initiatives and concepts, including various instructional methods, assessment, curriculum design, and lesson planning. 

Music Experience 

I have a master's degree in music and years of performing, teaching, researching, and writing experience. Some of my areas of musical expertise are jazz and popular music, improvisation, guitar techniques, and music pedagogy. I bring my extensive musical experience to the editing of various music texts, including academic papers, music dissertations, and music instruction books. I also have experience editing for writers whose first language is not English. Email me for a free quote and to discuss your needs.

What My Clients Say About My Editing

"Working with Keith on this project has been an absolute joy. The book has benefitted greatly from his feedback and attention to detail. Keith always kept me in the loop about his progress, and the quality of his work was spot on. I’m looking forward to working with Keith again in the future."

- Dan Bader, author of Python Tricks: The Book


"Keith copy edited a 4,000-word business plan for me. He delivered exactly what I needed in a short amount of time with great attention to detail."

- Aly G. Mawji, CFO at Talkatoo 


"I worked with Keith on two occasions to edit and pare down my grant narrative. He delivered expert, quality work to the exact specifications."

- Amy Bolek, Bolek Grant Writing & Consulting


Let's Discuss Your Editing Needs

Visit my website to learn more about my editing services, or feel free to send me a message so we can discuss how I can best serve you and your readers. 

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Biography
  • Culture
  • Entertainment
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Leisure, general
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism