About Clare

An educator-turned-proofreader, collaborating to meet excellent standards is at the heart of what I do.

My mission

My proofreading business stemmed from my career as an academic skills and writing tutor. The beginning and experienced researchers I worked with produced fascinating work, but I realised that many needed help for their writing to reach the standard expected by universities and publishers. So, I began to proofread academic texts, and soon retrained in the field.

My goal is to work alongside my clients to create texts of a professional standard. I see myself as a collaborator and guide in standard academic practice rather than someone who corrects and transforms their writing. The writer’s voice is crucial to their work, and I want to let it shine without distraction.

My bio

I’ve been proofreading since 2016. I’m an entry-level CIEP member and completed the PTC Basic Proofreading course with merit. I’ve experience proofreading in several disciplines, primarily education, law and business.

My own academic background is in French literature, and I’ve a Master’s in this discipline. I’ve taught French in secondary schools and at the Queen’s University of Belfast Language Centre. I also teach academic writing and language skills to postgraduate students at INTO QUB. I’m passionate about tutoring multi-lingual writers, and my sister site is aimed at supporting students who need more language and writing guidance.

Outside of work, you’ll find me cycling around Belfast and its environs in search of coffee, waging war on garden slugs, or hunched over a sketchbook.

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