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I provide three levels of editorial feedback (developmental, line, and copy editing), always with a focus on conscious language.

Developmental editing -- The big picture.

  • Ensure clear and sufficiently robust arguments

  • Suggest how to reorganize text for greater clarity and flow

  • Identify where more analysis is needed and what text is unnecessary

Line editing – The style.

  • Help you maintain a consistent voice across your piece

  • Adjust the length and structure of sentences and paragraphs for clarity and flow

  • Consider word choice to most effectively convey meaning

Copy editing – The grammar.

  • Correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation

  • Ensure a consistent editorial style (Chicago, APA, etc.) across the manuscript

  • Check cross-references, citations, figures, and tables


All of my editing provides feedback to help your writing use conscious language.


Karen Yin, founder of the website Conscious Style Guide, coined the term conscious language: “language rooted in critical thinking and compassion, used skillfully in a specific context.”

In all my editing, I seek to bring attention to language that may unintentionally harm marginalized or vulnerable groups. I explain how some readers might experience a word, phrase, or passage, and I provide potential alternatives. This is not about policing what can and cannot be written. Rather, it is about helping to ensure that my clients use language with intention.

I also provide consulting for institutions on developing communication guidelines and JEDI statements (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and am available with my colleague Dr. Thoko Kamwendo to develop institution-specific trainings  on conscious and inclusive language.


Looking forward to connecting!

Get in touch to learn more.

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