Nadine Roxanne Ryan 

Freelance Editing 

_Involutionary Momentum_ - Carla Husak a


Storying past, present, future and otherwise. 

It is my vision to collaborate with and offer guidance and support to kindred storytellers, with attention to and care for cultural, community and land-based knowledges.

Following teachers such as Lee Maracle and Thomas King, I recognize that words are sacred and that we are co-created with and through our stories. Words create, thoughts create, stories create. We need to consider the affects and effects of the worlds we story, what we are creating and where we want our creations to take us. 

About Me

My roots extend from the West Coast of what is now called Canada where my mother's family belong to the shíshálh Nation (Sechelt in English) and my father's family come from European settlers. Spanning different lands and cultures, I am a blend of my cultural and geographical affiliations: shíshálh, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Chilean and Mexican communities. And, now that I am working remotely in Toronto, I am grateful to the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat and the Anishinaabe who have shared their culture and ceremonies while I reside as an uninvited guest on their traditional landsThese relationships inform and guide my work and aspirations.

I've had several years of experience writing and editing. I began editing for peers in university while completing my Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology, at York University in Toronto. Over the years, I have developed my skill with experiences in writing, presenting, and publishing ethnographic projects, and in working as an Editor for Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology (Volumes 4 and 5). Currently, I am a peer reviewer for Contingent Horizons and a member of the Indigenous Editors Association  

My Approach 

The framework for my editing and consulting services is grounded in creating respectful representation of peoples, cultures and communities, as well as diversifying the stories that are being produced; and I prioritize attention to and care for cultural, community and land-based knowledges in my editing and writing practices.


My approach to editing and consulting is from the perspective of collaboration, offering guidance in the development of various projects in terms of style, content and message. I work with each author to determine their personal preferences; I can do as much or as little as desired. My clients have included scholars, artists and business people requiring the skills to edit a wide range of works. I have had the opportunity to work with authors for whom English is their second or third language, and I am enthusiastic about supporting efforts to Indigenize, complicate and experiment with English language conventions. In this respect, I am guided by Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera, Daniel Heath Justice's Why Indigenous Literatures Matter and Gregory Younging's Elements of Indigenous Style.

I am proud that many of the academic projects I have collaborated on have received awards and award nominations. 

A select list of my current and past editorial work is available here.

Types of projects I have experience working on include:

  • Articles and Books

  • Artist and Research Bios and Statements

  • Business Plans, Policies and Protocols

  • Course Outlines

  • Conference Papers

  • Cover Letters, CVs  and Resumes 

  • Exhibition and Residency Submissions

  • Grant and Funding Proposals

  • Presentations

  • Project Proposals

  • Teaching Dossiers

  • Theses and Dissertations 

  • Social Media Posts

  • Speeches

Editing Services

My rate is determined on a project-to-project basis. Please email me to discuss your requirements and goals, and to inquire about pricing.

Developmental/Substantive Editing:

Providing detailed feedback for the broad scope of the work by focusing on enhancing the work as a whole. Developmental editing addresses larger issues such as structure, theme, scope, narrative and concept building. In this phase of editing I may make changes and suggestions to improve the structure and development of the work, helping you to layer (or build) your themes and concepts in a cohesive way. This is the most time-consuming phase of editing

Copy Editing:

Focusing on word choice and order, phrasing and tone and voice. This service also addresses clarity, wordiness and repetition. This often involves reordering sentences and paragraphs, and advising on, or revising, language and phrasing.


Proofreading is the final phase of editing, reviewing the final draft for consistency and accuracy. This process involves checking for errors and inconsistency in grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as approving the formatting of a final draft.

Sensitivity Reading:

Not unlike a peer review, reading for sensitivity assesses the work in terms of strength, quality, and respectful and responsible representation. I check for accuracy, assess the articulation of research methodologies and procedures and offer suggested revisions. My areas of expertise include: anthropology and ethnography, Indigenous history and culture, visual and material culture, tourism and travel and alternative/experimental research methodologies. 

My Process

I work best in layers, depending on the needs and wishes of each author. Typically, upon first read I consider the structure and flow of the work and advice on the development of the project. Following any structural rearranging and development, I perform line and copy editing. Before returning the document to the author I can edit the formatting as well. Following these stages I can perform additional rounds of editing if the author desires, and I am happy to walk the author through my adjustments and comments over the phone or by email. Finally, I proofread the entire document. 


Quick breakdown in phases:

  1. Developmental editing

  2. Line and Copy editing

  3. Formatting

  4. Proofreading

Track-Changes and Notes

I like to work with the track-changes function and comment boxes (preferably in a Word document) to edit and make revision suggestions. With developmental editing, I summarize my notes in a separate document called "Editor Notes."


Please inquire if you need instructions on how to work with track-changes.



Time-frames for returning edited documents are determined on a project-to-project basis, depending on your needs and requests, and my availability.


Typically, I require a minimum of 48 hours to return a document.


If you have time constraints and require a quick turnaround, please reach out and we can discuss this possibility and short-notice rates.

Contact Me

Toronto, ON Canada  |  Email:

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