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Sharon Lax, MA in Comparative Literature, MA in Education, Published Author, PWAC, QWF

Sharon Lax - Word Café

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Writing is my oxygen and editing and teaching, all the rest needed to live. As a writer, I've been editing my own and other writers' manuscripts for over 25 years. As a teacher, I've been editing students' papers for over 20 years and have served for several years as a judge for the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness contest for students. I've edited university academic papers, have worked as a project manager on a textbook and as an editor of TV scripts and in-house newsletters. My clients come from all over North America.

I've edited numerous manuscripts of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. My work includes structural editing, copy editing, line editing, proofreading and revision of translated documents and manuscripts. Clients have praised my meticulous editing and revising, stating that it has been a joy to work with me on their writing and that I have understood their vision.

I hold an MA in Comparative Literature, from McGill University, and an MATL (Master of Applied Teaching and Learning), also from McGill. My BA is in English and American Literature, from Brandeis University, in Boston, MA., and my Certificate in TESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) from Concordia University. My professional background in teaching, to all levels, and to all ages, has been in the following subjects: English Literature, ESL, Social Studies, Math and Science. My publications are varied: news articles, TV scripts, newsletters, publicity and communications, book reviews, fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry. I have a forthcoming collection of short stories, Shattered Fossils, to be published by Guernica Editions, in 2020 and have numerous publications in literary journals. Over the course of several years, I've been a guest reader at various Montreal venues. 



Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Layout and design
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Hand-written materials
  • Newsletters
  • Poetry
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism