In the past 20 years I have written and edited engineering, scientific, educational, research, consulting, and general materials both as a freelancer, and as a Senior Technical Editor at Golder Associates. I have global and international experience with English writers at all levels.
I read and speak French well enough to teach seminars, and speak Italian well enough to socialize. I can translate technical materials from both languages TO English.

I am experienced in finding omissions and errors in logic in complex material, and in simplifying and clarifying language to make your high-level text more accessible to readers.

If you want writing help, I can help you to communicate better by:

  •  editing or writing your material so that it is easier, faster, and more pleasant to read
  •  teaching you how to write and edit better for yourself

I have written, edited, and consulted with educational publishing teams to support productive, enriching, intriguing learning for teen, pre-teen, and adult (including aboriginal ESL) audiences, and am passionately committed to good pedagogy, high quality, and accuracy. I started my career as a chemistry teacher and

I can also help you to develop whatever you need: from full textbooks to short training modules, your all-important resume, or effective advertising.

You can also find me at:
ChristaBedwin@ gmail.com

Les Sawatsky, my legendary boss at Golder (Global Engineering and Environmental Consulting), who was often long on inspiration and succinct with his words, had this to say:

  • "I was very happy with your service to Golder. You served very well. You made the position of editor into a driving force. You engaged people who did not want to be engaged. I’ll give you a great recommendation anytime."
Sailesh Singh, one of many valued colleagues at Golder, said:
  • "Besides being a highly talented technical editor and writer, Christa is also an excellent technical writing instructor. I have enjoyed attending her Technical Writing seminars, and have learned a lot from them. Her method of teaching is succinct and easy to follow. Examples given by her remain in memory for a long time. She makes excellent use of every minute in her seminars. She is a wonderful person to work with, and her positive attitude and enthusiasm is contagious."
Some examples of praise I've received from editing clients:
  • "This is why (in addition of you making me sound like a decent English-writing person) I like working with you… You ask real questions on stuff that I take for granted." (from a university Chemistry professor/researcher)
  • "So happy to be working with you again. You get things done in a timely fashion, a rarity both in and out of government." (National Laboratory Health and Safety Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency)
  • "Thanks Christa. You performed an excellent job.  I love your critique. I believe to move forward in one's writing - accepting critique it is part of a healthy attitude. You are one of the better judges." (from a writing contest organizer)
  • "Thank you for your very thorough review of this report. I've incorporated the vast majority of your changes and I've provided better explanations for areas that you suggested were confusing or unclear. It's been a pleasure working with you." (from a Canadian government science agency)
  • "I just wanted to let you know that the client was very pleased with your work as a reviewer. I wish there was another unit we could give you! Thanks for doing a great job and for making me look good, too." (from a scientific trade book editor)
  • "We were quite impressed with your work. We are open to all your suggestions. While reading your changes we sensed it was as if you were there. We think you can be a great benefit to this book." (from a husband-wife autobiography team)