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Sara Promislow, MEd, PhD


I am an academic editor, writing coach, and writer with more than 16 years’ experience. As an editor and writing coach, I work with authors across disciplines to improve their writing and writing skills. I help authors clearly articulate their research, ideas, knowledge, and experience. I focus on enhancing clarity, organization, and flow; identifying and addressing gaps in content; eliminating repetition and jargon; correcting grammar, spelling, and word usage; and meeting style guidelines (Chicago, APA, MLA, Vancouver, and Harvard).

I edit research papers, books and book chapters, grant proposals, doctoral theses, conference abstracts, and scientific reports. In addition to traditional academic discourse, I edit life histories and memoirs. With a background in second language education, I have extensive experience working with authors for whom English is a second language. 

Since completing my PhD at the University of Toronto, I have held a number of positions in health sciences research and education. I have focused on improving healthcare and clinical practice through research, education, and knowledge translation. I have authored and co-authored journal articles, book chapters, conference posters, presentations, and abstracts; developed and contributed to successful grant applications, including a $7M CIHR grant; and created knowledge translation materials for diverse audiences. I specialize in qualitative, mixed-methods, and arts-informed research methods. In my doctoral research, I explored the experiences of childhood immigrants who maintained their mother tongue and became bilingual. 


I thank Dr. Sara Promislow for always providing me with didactic feedback that not only encouraged me to reflect on my research but also challenged me to strive for clarity in my writing. Her feedback engaged me to be determined and persevere in my work. (Georgia, PhD, University of Western Ontario)

Sara’s editing expertise and keen insights greatly assisted me in identifying the priorities of the ideas I wanted to convey in my dissertation. This made the structural and stylistic edits of my dissertation all the more effective and efficient. (Karim, PhD, University of Toronto)

It was a great pleasure working with Sara. Her understanding of interdisciplinary subject matters is exceptional. She fully respected my original work and made very thoughtful edits to strengthen the major arguments. Her constructive feedback helped me reflect upon various thoughts and articulate my ideas more effectively. I highly recommend her editing services. (Cecelia, PhD, University of Waterloo)

I would highly recommend Sara as an editor. Her editing expertise was invaluable in strengthening the ideas that I wished to convey in my dissertation. Her professionalism, respect for different fields of study, and flexibility made it a joy to work with her. (Melanie, PhD, University of Toronto)


Stevens, B., Yamada, J, Promislow, S., et al. Pain assessment and management after a knowledge translation booster intervention. Pediatrics, 2016.138(4).  

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. How long does it last? Sustaining improved pain practices in pediatric hospitals following implementation of a knowledge translation intervention and pain practice booster. The Journal of Pain, 2015.16(4): S89.

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. The staying power of change: sustainability of pain practice improvements after a multidimensional knowledge translation intervention. BMC Health Services Research, 2014. 14 (Suppl 2): P118.

Stevens B, Yamada J, Promislow S, et al. Implementation of multidimensional knowledge translation strategies to improve procedural pain in hospitalized children. Implementation Science, 2014. 9:120.

Knowles JG, Promislow S, Cole AL (Eds.). Creating Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-Informed Thesis or Dissertation, 2008. Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & The Centre for Arts-informed Research.

Knowles JG, Promislow S. Using an arts methodology to create a thesis or dissertation. In AL Cole, JG Knowles, Edps. Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Social Science Research, 2007. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 


Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Culture
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Medicine
  • Pedagogy
  • Social sciences