Claudia Tavernese

Claudia Tavernese – Editor

History PhD graduate with over 15 years of experience copy editing newspapers, fiction and nonfiction, art catalogues, and academic works.


"Claudia made herself invaluable to MoMA's Department of Publications, bringing to her work not only extraordinary diligence and precision (and eagle eyes!) but the knowledge and intellectual sophistication of an art history PhD. Among the many assignments we gave her (atypical tasks for an intern, I should add), Claudia proofread books and wall labels for us, translated Italian texts, and edited gallery didactics and several scholarly bibliographies--all with sensitivity and expertise. Moreover, she met every deadline given to her, no matter how tight. Everyone on our team greatly enjoyed working with her."

— Don McMahon, editorial director at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

I began my editing career in 2004, as proofreader of the University of Ottawa’s weekly student newspaper. I spent the following three years as the paper’s copy editor, learning the ins and outs of journalistic editing and the Canadian Press style guide.

I went on to complete a master’s degree at the University of Toronto from 2008 to 2010, where I also worked as an editorial assistant and helped in the creation of a forthcoming textbook. In addition, I began to offer freelance editing services, which led to an influx of requests from academics worldwide requesting assistance with their master’s theses. As such, I became familiar with various academic style guides and learned the different spellings used by English-speaking nations. My editing work for graduate students—who came from a variety of disciplines—continues to this day.

After years of editing the academic writings of others, I had to once again put those skills toward my own work: from 2013 to 2018, I completed an art history PhD at Durham University (UK). After defending my dissertation, I was able to put focus back onto my editing career, working on both fiction and non-fiction books for self-publishing authors and publishing companies around the world. In early 2020, I was fortunate to join the publications department of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) for a paid editorial internship, where I was able to work on a variety of art books, press releases, and catalogues.

Currently, I am continuing with my freelance work and am a regular editor at the Art Canada Institute. I am also enrolled in the Certificate in Publishing program at Ryerson University, where I have recently been nominated for the Robert Weaver Award for Excellence in Book Editing.

"From the start, Claudia has been a talented copy editor. With a keen attention to detail, a comprehensive knowledge of language and grammar, and a deep commitment to each project, she is a first-rate choice. I have had the pleasure of watching Claudia's skills and professionalism develop over a decade and would recommend her to anyone who wishes to do their writing justice."

— David Moscrop (PhD), political commentator, columnist for The Washington Post, writer for Maclean's, and author

Art History Political Science & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Editors Canada member

Work experience

The Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

Jan, 2020 — Apr, 2020 (3 months)

· Assisted in editing upcoming MoMA publications
· Proofread and fact-checked proofs, bibliographies, indexes, and other back matter for a variety of publications, including "Engineer, Agitator, Constructor" and "Félix Fénéon"
· Copy edited ephemera for upcoming exhibitions (wall texts and labels throughout the galleries)
· Proofread Italian copy and translated book descriptions from English into Italian for the 2020 Bologna Book Fair
· Wrote book summaries to accompany advance copies of new publications
· Researched, conceptualized, and pitched ideas for children's books
· Promoted MoMA publications by submitting titles for multiple international book awards
· Digitally organized department files, created an editorial calendar from 2020 until 2022, and other administrative tasks
· Received training in museum database software, such as The Museum System (TMS)

Kot Copyediting & Proofreading

Mar, 2019 — Sep, 2020 (over 1 year)

· Copy edited and proofread books a wide variety of publications for individual authors and publishers
· Improved readability and flow; corrected spelling, grammar, and syntax; and verified facts and dates
· Books I have edited include the following: "LA Rising" (Kyeyoung Park); "Reading the Bible With Horror" (Brandon R. Grafius); "God, Morality, and Beauty" (Randall B. Bush); and "Feminist Praxis Against U.S. Militarism" (Nami Kim and Wonhee Anne Joh)

University of Toronto

Aug, 2009 — Nov, 2009 (3 months)

· Edited a university textbook composed of sixty-five primary documents and lengthy footnotes
· Focused on consistency, grammar, repetition, clarity, flow; and ensured that all Hebrew terms were properly translated and defined


Jan, 2009 — Present

· Copy editing and proofreading master's theses, PhD dissertations, websites, promotional material, screenplays, and books for academics, screenwriters, copywriters, self-publishers, and publishing houses
· Freelance editor for the Art Canada Institute
· Knowledge of APA, Chicago, MLA, and CP manuals

The Fulcrum Publishing Society

Nov, 2004 — Apr, 2008 (over 3 years)

· Edited all stories by correcting inaccuracies, wordiness, poor organization, grammar, and inconsistencies
· Identified potentially libellous stories
· Attended three national Canadian University Press conferences to learn and improve upon skills in order to make improvements to the newspaper as a whole

Claudia has 2 reviews





Aditya B.

Aditya B.

Sep, 2021

Claudia was my proofreader for my third mystery novel. She did a terrific job in reviewing the document. She also offered suggestions and changes to the manuscript that made it so much better and easier to read. I certainly recommend her and will surely contact her for my future projects. Thanks again, Claudia. I appreciate all the hard work.
Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Jun, 2021

I am so grateful that I hired Claudia to copy edit and proof my book. She had information about style using the Chicago Manual of Style that I knew nothing about so she was able to correct some consistent errors I had. Not only did she edit the writing but looked up the names and titles of the people mentioned. She pointed out where I had possible plagiarism, and she brought me up to date on te...
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