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Peter Perryman

Marginal Notes

Ottawa and online, ON K2H 8H1


Interests: Health, medicine, medical humanities, environment, government, public information and education, academic writing.

I have a lengthy and extensive background in pre-hospital emergency health care that involved patient care, teaching, mentoring, research, and public relations in both informal and formal roles.

As my supervisory and managerial responsibilities increased I began to concentrate on my writing and editing skills within the healthcare profession. This progressed to taking on the position of Project Lead, Communications, Information and Outreach within the City of Ottawa’s Environmental Services Department, working on municipal government documents and crafting public information and education pieces both online and hard copy.

My particular interest is working with health and medical texts, both academic and noncollegiate, especially medical humanities; government and company texts for the public audience; and public information or educational pieces.

As an independent writer and editor I make no distinction between my professional and personal interests, which melt into each other. My reading is esoteric and exoteric, classic and catholic, all helpful background when assisting an author create a text.

I have a BA in English from the University of Sussex (UK), and training from Editors Canada and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) in the UK.

I follow the guidelines on the Editors Canada website for Proofreading, Copy Editing, and Stylistic Editing, but work closely with the author and client to ensure that their writing and message is presented in the best possible way.

Please take a moment to visit my website and another minute to contact me and discuss what I can do for you.


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Booklets
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • In-house publications
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Websites


  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Government, municipal
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Literature