Heather Stein, Ph.D.



In a nutshell…

I have been a freelance editor and writer since completing my Ph.D. in September 2015. I have over twelve years of experience teaching English grammar, syntax and essay writing to adults. I am familiar with Chicago, MLA and APA citation styles, and I understand the importance of proper source attribution in non-fiction.

My own writing style is crisp and simple. I believe in short sentences that get right to the point. I read English, French, Italian and Latin. As a writer, I specialize in forms of biographical writing (which was the focus of my dissertation): job cover letters, statements of purpose for post-secondary programs, recommendation letters and character references. As an editor, I enjoy scholarly work that gives me the opportunity to learn new things and share others’ findings with the world. I also dabble in the more light-hearted pursuits of beta-reading, puzzle-making and online publishing.

I read voraciously — both fiction and non-fiction. Indeed, I embarked upon the career of a medieval and Renaissance historian largely because of my love of historical fiction and fantasy. I relish any opportunity to put those years of lectures, research and study to good use.

My favourite living novelists are Jasper Fforde, Guy Gavriel Kay, Neil Gaiman, Michael Flynn, Salman Rushdie and, of course, J.K. Rowling.

I currently live on Gambier Island with my husband, Max, my creative director and best dog ever, Mac-A-roni, and two pesky cats, PomPom and ZukZuk. We enjoy long walks, yoga and electronic music.


  • Ph.D. (History), Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. (History), University of Toronto
  • B.A. (Liberal Arts), Concordia University
  • D.E.C. (I. B. Theatre Arts and Psychology), Champlain Regional College


  • Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
  • Teaching Assistant, Johns Hopkins University
  • Researcher, Canadian Institute for Jewish Research
  • Web Editor, The Void Magazine
  • Teaching Assistant, Concordia University
  • Tutor, Champlain St. Lambert Writing Centre

Current Projects

  • Academic editor at Working: Now and Then
  • Amateur cruciverbalism, i.e., I design crosswords
  • A semi-autobiographical novel, “Of Course It Was You,” exploring non-linear narrative and the relationship between choice and consequences
  • A non-fiction ebook on beta-reading
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Co-authored book chapter on “The Shape of Robots” for the Routledge Companion to Digital Consumption with Dr. Marat Bakpayev
  • Weekly Italian Conversation Group with Dr. Troy Tower
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