Brenton Ables

Brenton Ables - Editor

Guelph, ON, Canada

I'm an experienced nonfiction editor and philosophy PhD cultivating great ideas in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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I am a writer, editor, researcher, and teacher with a unique voice and intense drive. My essays on popular culture have been praised by figures like former New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. My academic work has been published in my field's top journals and presented at top conferences. And I have years of editorial experience, working with clients of all ages to develop and perfect written work.

While I have worked in diverse subject areas, my background equips me especially well for helping writers to turn good ideas and rough sketches into arguments, theories, and systems. Not only can I help you perfect a completed manuscript or essay; I can also help you build the initial conceptual architecture of your piece through the dialectical engagement of the editing process. If your work is at a more advanced level, we can work on fine points of style and argumentative rigor to make the text unassailable. I am especially well-suited to projects in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts in a broad sense (including pop culture).
English (UK)
English (US)
Political Science & Current Affairs


  • PhD
  • MA

Work experience


March, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

- Efficient editing and proofreading of diverse texts from authors around the world
- Consistent high praise earned from customers and company reviewers alike

Copy editor

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
September, 2018 – April, 2020 (over 1 year)

- In-house editing and proofreading for multidisciplinary essays on improvisation
- Worked with academics, poets, and performers to capture spontaneity in vital prose

Writing Consultant

University of Guelph Writing Services
January, 2017 – April, 2019 (about 2 years)

- Helped students of all ages and disciplines to write, edit, and perfect their academic work
- Built exclusive working relationships with many brilliant minds

Freelance writer

March, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

- Publishing lively, well-received essays on music, film, and videogames for large audiences
- Earned recognition from notable figures like film director Darren Aronofsky

Portfolio (3 selected works)

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