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Lauren Watson, Technical Writer

Ottawa, ON K2G0R7
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I'm a technical writer and creative professional with over ten years of experience writing, editing, and managing communication projects. I love taking complex information and creating useful and engaging content for any audience.

I offer a full scope of writing and editing expertise to indivual authors or organizations. My services include technical writing, plain language, copywriting, copy editing, publication project management, and stylistic, structural, and developmental editing. Currently, I'm looking for technical writing and editing contracts. Please feel free to contact me if you need a second set of eyes or a someone to jump in and tackle a writing project from strart to finish! 

As a trained technical writer, my goal is to help users' and readers' achieve their goals with ease and enjoyment. With a keen eye for design and a penchant for detail, I am a natural editor and writer with high standards. I also have a strong background in project management and am a highly-organized self-starter. I work independently to meet and manage deadlines, as well as collaboratively with subject matter experts, business analysts, and other technical writers involved in projects.  

I have a graduate certifiacte in Technical Writing from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree in English and Cultural Studies from Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. I have also completed several courses ioffered through Editors Canada on topics such as writng for the web, editing, and working in a freelance capacity.

I've worked in Ottawa for the past decade and had the privillage to work with various international colleagues and publications. While my background is in medical education and web content creation, I have a strong set of transferable skills and am eager to take on new and challenging projects! Please contact me if you'd like to know more about my portfolio. 

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Blogs
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Catalogues
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Graphical materials
  • Hand-written materials
  • In-house publications
  • Labels and packaging
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Style guides
  • Surveys
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Medicine
  • Sciences, general
  • Technology