Hello and welcome! My name is Ellie Barton, and I’ve been a freelance editor of nonfiction books since 2004. I’ve edited over twenty-five titles for university presses, along with countless journal articles and reports. For the past five years, I’ve also been editing memoir, and I really enjoy that.
I’ve been an editing instructor at Queen’s University since 2014 for the online course WRIT 265: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts (developed with Maureen Garvie).
I also helped create the structural and stylistic editing exams for Editors Canada’s certification program.
I came to editing later in life, after working for fifteen years as a communications officer for Ongwanada and Providence Care. During that time, I also wrote occasional pieces for Profile Kingston magazine. I’m the author of two local history books, Driven by a Dream: The Story of Ongwanada 1948-1998, and Purpose and Passion: Kingston General Hospital Auxiliary, 1905-2005. I’m a former reporter for the Kingston Whig-Standard.
As an editor, I bring the sensitivity to language and story that I’ve absorbed through years of reading literary fiction and nonfiction, and by attempting to emulate those heights in my own writing.
My husband, Dave, and I have three amazing sons — James, Paul, and Jonathan — a golden retriever and two cats. In my spare time, I enjoy being an amateur flute player.