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Laurie Milner


There are three types of writing I love to read and edit: theoretical, historical and creative.

My experience as an editor and writing coach extends over 25 years. I have worked with authors at all levels of English writing experience, from award-winning novelists and distinguished academics to junior faculty turning their dissertations into books.

I work closely with my authors to achieve a fine symmetry between the technical and artistic aspects of their projects. I am current in methods of textual, visual and historical analysis, continental philosophy, feminist, queer and postcolonial theory and actor-network theory and well read in literature and art. I understand the complexity of thought in scholarly argumentation and the importance of nuance in cultural communication; I am particularly sensitive to the unique challenges of giving voice to non-verbal forms of creative practice.

In addition to my editing practice, I teach undergraduate and graduate university courses in academic and creative writing, modern and contemporary art and theory, philosophy and museology. I hold a PhD in Art History (Northwestern University); I read French fluently. 

It would be my pleasure to speak with you about how I can help you communicate your ideas with precision and authority. 

Please note that I follow the EAC Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations.

Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Periodicals, general
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Aboriginal people
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Society, general