Sue MacLeod

Sue MacLeod - Toronto writer & editorI've been writing—for love and money both—most of my life, and have been a freelance editor for the past ten years. I'm a Certified Professional Editor (CPE), a designation awarded by Editors Canada for "gold standard" performance in four areas: proofreading and structural, stylistic and copy editing. In 2015, I was shortlisted for a national editing award—Editors Canada's Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence—for my work on a non-fiction book.

I'm also a former journalist, and have written close to 100 magazine articles and edited and proofread everything from strategic plans to books. I've written a housing guide at a grade-six level, edited an industry newspaper, copy edited a news magazine, and written an extensive range of print and web materials on tight deadline, including research profiles and annual reports.

I bring a high quality of attention to every task and especially welcome projects involving health, education, the law, the arts, the environment, social issues and social justice.

A freelance life allows stretches of time to focus on my own words. I've written four books—three poetry, one fiction. I was inaugural poet laureate for Halifax (my home for many years until 2009), where an anthology I produced was shortlisted for the N.S. Lieutenant Governor's Masterworks Arts Award.

In Montréal, where I now live, I'm approaching language in a new way: learning to speak French.

My education is in English and Women's Studies (BA with distinction, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax). I've also studied creative writing at Humber College, Toronto (Correspondence Program, with distinction) and the Banff Centre for the Arts.


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