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Lisa D. Orchard

Scribe Technical Writers and Editors

Toronto, ON
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


As the city builder's technical writer and editor, I work with professionals to make their expertise shine.

I ensure that technical documents are clear, concise, and accurate, so my clients can focus on what they do best: developing their innovative projects and ideas. I help produce plans, reports, manuals, guidelines, policies, proposals, technical studies, and more.

I launched Scribe in 2019 to introduce the best practices of technical communications to experts working in land use, transportation, housing, community services, economic development, and other related professions. My clients are typically in government, non-profits, and industry.

I spent much of my 20-year career as an urban planner, writing and editing the many documents that city builders prepare to advance their projects. Today, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to focus on delivering the top-quality, polished documents that my clients need to reach their project goals. I also offer customized training on plain language, technical writing, and technical editing for professionals.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Government materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Transportation