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Tara Penner

TJPenner Consulting

Edmonton, AB


I am a microbiologist-turned-editor, specializing in academic, technical, and ESL editing.

I work with academic researchers, graduate students, and other authors to create clear and concise documents. I have a broad background in microbiology, chemistry, and molecular biology, so I can comment on your science as well as helping you with language. I work extensively with ESL researchers to prepare manuscripts for submission to academic journals.

I provide a range of editing services for your report, manuscript, grant application, or thesis.

​Copy Editing: Editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. 

Stylistic Editing: Editing to clarify meaning, ensure coherence and flow, and refine the language. 

​Structural Editing: Assessing and shaping draft material to improve its organization and content. Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the writer. Structural editing may include:

​Costs will depend on the level of editing required. Please contact me to discuss the details of your project and I can provide a more accurate estimate. 

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Magazines
  • Theses and dissertations