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Are you a faculty member or researcher in the humanities or social sciences? Do you want to take your article, book chapter, or book to completion?

Are you a graduate student struggling to finish writing your thesis or dissertation?

After 20 years in academia in various roles, I have the skills and experience to help you accomplish your writing and publishing goals through academic editing and coaching.

I also have extensive experience editing other types of non-fiction, including reports, newsletters, guidebooks, and toolkits.

I enjoy developing and maintaining respectful and trusting relationships with writers. Let me help you produce your best work.

For a full description of the types of editing and coaching I offer, please see my “Services” page.

What my clients say about me

Editing work

Madeline’s editorial experience is extensive. Her work on The Arbutus Review journal is outstanding, not only for her attention to detail but also for her coaching and guidance on writing clearly and concisely. I was so impressed with her work on the journal that I have hired Madeline to edit my own work. Her valuable insights have made my writing stronger. I have already booked her for future editorial work.

Dr. Shailoo Bedi, Director, Student Academic Success, University of Victoria 

Madeline Walker (PhD) provides high quality, timely, and accessible editing services which respectfully consider diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural readership for technical reports, communiques, newsletters, and practical toolkits across a variety of disciplines and topics.

N. Caverley (PhD) President – Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc.

Coaching work

Madeline’s dynamic, practical and compassionate support with the writing process helped me into and through the last steps of my doctoral dissertation. Practical resources to support my writing, from understanding comma rules, to ways of formulating a thesis argument, to structuring writing time, were offered along the way. On another level, I learned from Madeline how to quell the self-critical voice, and thus to listen for and honor authentic expressions as they arose within my writing process. Through Madeline’s mentorship, I have cultivated a new – and creative – relationship to writing that is serving me well beyond the completion of my doctoral work.

Lacie White, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Cape Breton University 

I met Madeline when looking for a writing coach to help me finish my dissertation. I had experienced a number of set-backs due to “life happening” while in my doctoral program, and was afraid I was going to be another “all but dissertation” student. Madeline came with strong recommendations from some friends. She was the perfect coach – setting doable deadlines, providing process and product feedback, teaching me some skills I somehow missed or forgot for writing well, and building my confidence. We finished the dissertation, and I still think the writing was good. Her approach, her knowledge, and her skills are outstanding. She also provided me with some great resources, which resulted in me establishing a writing group with two colleagues that is in its 20+ iteration (four month blocks) for supporting academic writers. 

Darlaine Jantzen, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Trinity Western University