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 retrained in editorial work.

My goal is to work alongside my clients to create texts of a publishable standard. I see myself as a collaborator and guide in standard academic practices rather than someone who corrects and transforms clients’ 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 intermediate-level member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I’ve completed CIEP Proofreading 1 and and Copyediting 1, and the PTC PTC Basic Proofreading course (Merit). I’ve experience proofreading runs across several disciplines, primarily business, social sciences, education and law.

My own academic background is in languages and I’ve a Master’s in French literature. I’ve taught French and English for academic purposes in secondary schools and tertiary education. 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, or hunched over a sketchbook.

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