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Laura Edlund

Toronto, ON M4J 1G9
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Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2013)
  • Conference (2017)
  • Publications (2014)
  • Toronto Branch (2013, 2014)


I am a freelance writer and editor who specializes in stories, education, and plain language. I work for various clients—governments, individuals, institutes, publishers, and corporations—and provide developmental edits, structural and stylistic edits, plain language edits, coaching, ghostwriting, manuscript evaluations, and other services to meet their needs.

I love good stories, respect writers and subject experts, have decades of experience in education (online and print, K-12 and beyond), dive into complex and visually rich publications, and have a special interest in Indigenous Peoples, social justice, history, truth, reconciliation, and climate change. I am a settler Canadian.

To each project, I bring the experience of working on staff, freelance, and in business. Clients (present and past) and employers (past) include the Art Canada Institute, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario (DDON), Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (the school board of Nunavik, Inuit territory in northern Quebec), Pearson Canada, the Insurance Institute of Canada, Inhabit Education, Scholastic Canada, GoodMinds, Page Two Strategies, JUMP Math, Oxford University Press, Annick Press, Nelson, government departments, non-profits, corporations, and individual authors.  My specialties include:

- writing, structural editing, and stylistic editing for plain language, accessibility, cultural sensitivity, and authenticity

- writing and editing for diverse audiences, genres, formats, reading levels, and interests

- research, writing, and editing for niche subjects, readers, and publications

- planning, managing, motivating, and troubleshooting for new writers, subject experts, and multilingual authors

- helping subject experts present their knowledge with clarity and focus for their target readers and to meet their objectives

- editing multiple-author manuscripts to develop a well-structured, unified, consistent publication

- markets in Canada and the United States, and for international English-language users

- planning for publications in multiple languages

- working with large teams, multiple reviews, and complex submissions (e.g., for goverment reports and proposals)

- troubleshooting and planning to meet deadlines and budgets with best practices

Education, professional development, and memberships include:

- Accessibility Standards Canada Technical Committee for Plain Language: committee member and Guiding Principles Task Group lead

- Editors Canada certificate for excellence in Structural and Stylistic Editing

- Editors Canada membership

- Plain Language International Association (PLAIN) membership

- ongoing professional development through conferences, seminars, and workshops in plain language, trauma-informed editing, editing tools such as Perfect-It, inclusive language, plain language standards and ISO, and so on

- creating and presenting an Editors Canada webinar, speaking at Ryerson University, speaking to Editors Canada (Toronto branch) about applying Professional Editorial Standards, and speaking at the Editors Canada national conference (2017)

- BA in English Literature (University of Toronto) 

- Book and Magazine Publishing/Book Editing and Design (Centennial College, Toronto)

- Writing for Multimedia (Centennial College, Toronto)

- Diploma in Web Content (, New Zealand)



Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Atlases, maps, plans
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Graphical materials
  • Guidebooks
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Insurance
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • Social sciences
  • Travel and tourism