Ed Whitworth

Ed Whitworth – Editor

I'm an experienced proofreader whose clients include University of Washington Press, Mountaineers Books, and The Yale Review.


I focus on proofreading, both fiction and nonfiction.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, I learned standard proofing techniques as a journalist at The Times of London. I now work with a diverse range of publishers and individual clients in the US and UK.

Some recent highlights are "Biking Uphill in the Rain" by Tom Fucoloro, selected as a "Peak Pick" at the Seattle Public Library, and "Treaty Justice" by Charles Wilkinson, published on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Boldt Decision on Indigenous rights (both UW Press), as well as "Going to See" (Mountaineers), a collection of essays inspired by acclaimed nature writer Barry Lopez.

I am comfortable working on hard copy or digital materials, plain text or designed pages, notes & bibliography, and with style sheets and manuals (CMOS, AP). I bring the same meticulous attention to detail to every job and always approach the work in a spirit of collaboration.

I have completed the excellent Proofreading Essentials course at the University of Washington. I hold a BA in Classics from Oxford and MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.

I have also worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and the UK, including for Warner Bros, BBC, Participant, and Pathé.

Originally from London, I am currently based in Seattle, where I enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and photography.

I'm very approachable, so please don't hesitate to get in touch. Whether you are a seasoned author or looking to self-publish for the first time, I'd love to hear from you.

Biographies & Memoirs History Sports & Outdoors Transportation Travel
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Poetry
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

University of Washington Press

Jan, 2021 — Present

Proofread scholarly and general interest nonfiction books.

Hal Clifford Associates

Aug, 2023 — Present

Proofread nonfiction books with a focus on memoirs and business.

The Yale Review

May, 2023 — Present

Proofread the print edition of the oldest literary journal in the US. Fiction, poetry, essays, criticism.

Mountaineers Books

Apr, 2023 — Present

Proofread hiking, mountaineering and nature guides, and other outdoors-focused nonfiction books.

Warner Bros, BBC, Pathé and more.

Dec, 2006 — Present

Write screenplays for studios and production companies in Hollywood and the UK.

UCLA Academic Publishing

Jun, 2006 — Dec, 2007 (over 1 year)

Contributed to all aspects of the production of academic course materials, including liaising with professors and program coordinators, rights acquisition, editing and proofreading.

The Times of London

Jan, 2003 — Sep, 2003 (8 months)

Researched, wrote, copyedited, and proofread articles for the features section of the newspaper.

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