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Matthew Godden

172 High Street
London, ON N6C 4K6
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • Certified Structural Editor (2015)
  • Certified Stylistic Editor (2016)


Editor and writing coach, certified by Editors Canada in Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing. I'm experienced and intuitive, and I love helping authors with the hard work of taking their projects to the next level.


Some of my specialties:

-editing scientific, technical, or medical (STEM) material for a lay or business audience

-high-level stylistic polishing of fiction, both literary and genre (romance, horror, fantasy, etc.)

-developmental editing, thorough manuscript evaluations, and deep structure work

-self-help books and “big idea” books


I believe in the mysterious and transformative power of the writing process. I also believe in the power of a good book to change the world for the better: I love working on texts that challenge mainstream thinking and break new ground artistically and ideologically.



“I went to Matthew with a pile of notes and a bunch of jumbled ideas.  With his suggestions and direction, I was able to develop a strong outline for a novel.  His comments guide me to be a better writer and storyteller, which has had a profound effect on the quality of my work.  I am grateful, as well, for Matthew’s communication style.  He is sensitive and considerate with his feedback, while in no way holding back on those areas that could be improved upon.  I will continue to seek his sharp counsel with future writing projects.”

“The excellent editing I’ve received from Matthew has greatly enhanced the quality of my reports and increased my credibility vis-a-vis my clients, which has allowed me to secure more consulting contracts.”

“Your skill, objectivity and diligence were of great value to me. You insisted on a very high standard while remaining enthusiastic and encouraging about my work.”

“Your literary expertise, passion and dedication were instrumental in helping me complete a novel which I'm very proud of.”

“What impressed me most about working with Matthew was how he asked the insightful questions that allowed me to answer them in my own creative way, ultimately improving my work.”



Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • 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
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Graphical materials
  • In-house publications
  • Multimedia
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poetry
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Arts
  • Asia
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Ecology and environment
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Finance and taxation
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Industry and technology, general
  • International relations
  • Labour and employment
  • Life sciences
  • Literature
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Philosophy
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Sports
  • Technology