Rachel Cooper —

Nova Scotia writer, editor, and nature photographer



I provide skilled and professional writing, editing, and consulting to help you connect with the people you want to reach.

We’ll decide together how best to use my time and your budget. I can produce your writing projects from scratch or simply help you finish and polish them.

I’ll help you promote your business or not-for-profit in an engaging and persuasive way, whether to the mainstream media, via social media or newsletter, or direct to your clients.

My workshops, coaching sessions and longer courses can teach you or your people how to communicate with more impact, clarity, and confidence.


Experience includes writing and editing feature articles, reports, press releases, newsletters, web content, marketing materials, educational materials, fiction and memoir. I have edited items as small as a web page of 200 words and as large as the Tr’ondëkKlondike World Heritage dossier of 300,000+ words (for which I led a team of editors in 201617). An illustrated book I edited was a successful UNESCO World Heritage nomination proposal for Grand Pré, Nova Scotia.


Writers’ Federation of Nova ScotiaAssociation of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia
PLAIN (Plain Language Association International) Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce



    Freelance writer, editor, and instructor: Clients include Acadia University, Annapolis Valley
    Chamber of Commerce, Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia, DvL Publishing,
    Kings–Hants CBDC, Landscape of Grand Pré Society (Grand Pré World Heritage nomination),
    Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Nova Scotia Business Inc., Saltscapes magazine,
    Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (Tr’ondëkKlondike World Heritage nomination), Valley
    Women’s Business Network, Valley Regional Enterprise Network, and individual authors and
    small businesses.


    GeoInformation International (a division of Pearson) Cambridge, England

    Group managing editor: guided editorial production and ensured high quality of three trade

    magazines covering geographic technologies: Mapping Awareness, GIS Europe and

    GeoInformation Africa. Worked closely with authors (including academics, decision makers and

    practitioners), freelancers and in-house staff.

    Editor: in charge of editorial content and production of Mapping Awareness with advisory role

    on GIS Europe. Planned editorial strategy; commissioned features, reviews and opinion pieces.

    Rewrote submissions to improve clarity. Condensed wordy prose; researched and added new

    information to sketchy copy with authors’ approval. Proofed and approved final layouts.

    Hired in 1993 as editorial assistant for GIS Europe.


    University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Teaching assistant (part time): taught weekly report-writing workshops to undergraduates.

    Taught principles of writing clearly and well for the intended reader.


    University of Poitiers, France
    Teaching assistant (full time): taught classes in oral and written English to French



2013: Nova Scotia Department of Labour & Advanced Education

    Essential Accounting Skills (40 hours)

    Sales & Marketing with Social Media (45 hours)

2011: Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia

    Communication Skills for the Modern Workplace (40 hours)

    Mastering Facilitation Skills  (34 hours)

2010–11: Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship

    GetConnected: eMarketing for Rural Nova Scotia Businesses (6 months)

2008–12: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

    Creative writing course and three writing workshops

2006–14: Acadia University’s Lifelong Learning courses

    Writing Fiction • Life Writing • Writing for Children • Digital Photography & Editing


    Short Editorial Courses, Cambridge, England

    Editorial Project Management • Better Subbing • Editing Features • Improving Your Publication

    • Sharpening Your Writing Style • Effective Research • Feature Writing


    University of Waterloo, Ontario
    PhD course work, Rhetoric and Professional Writing


    Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    BA, English and Language. University Medal in English

    Governor General’s medal for highest overall grade point average in a graduating class of 700+


   • Acadia Lifelong Learning Centre: Advisory Board 2007–11; Chair 2009–11

   • Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia (AWENS): member since 2011; Editorial
      Board member 2014–15

   • Blomidon Naturalists Society: member and volunteer since 2007; Board 2010–2011

   • Valley Women’s Business Network: member 2010–17, Oct 18–present; Executive member for

      communications & social media, January 2012–December 2014. Secretary 2018–present.


   • Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, NS: member 2008–15; exhibits in annual local shows

   • Apple Pie Pottery & Art Gallery, Middleton, NS: solo photo exhibits 2007, 2008, 2011

   • CentreStage Theatre, Kentville, NS: Board of Directors, 2009–10

   • King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal, NS: 10-min. plays produced, King’s Shorts 2010/12/16

   • Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia: member since 2006; 2nd prize Writing for Children 2007


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(902) 582 3251 • rachel@rachelcooper.ca

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