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Wendy Plain

Wendy Plain, Editing and Distance Education Services

Vancouver, BC V5Z 3K3


My job as an editor is always to help writers communicate clearly and effectively.

I have an M.A. in English literature, a background in writing instruction, and over 15 years of professional in-house and freelance editing experience. I edit all kinds of nonfiction content, including academic and educational materials, conference proceedings, and business materials. I am particularly interested in creative nonfiction.

Since 1998, I have specialized in online and distance learning. I provide substantive and copy editing services to post-secondary, professional, and open learning organizations. I also work as an online writing tutor, where I coach students through discrete stages of the writing process: planning and outlining, drafting, and revising. I work extensively with ESL writers as an editor and as a writing coach.

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Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation


  • Academic materials, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Multimedia
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials


  • Administration
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Finance and taxation
  • Humanities, general
  • Information technology