Working words.

Working Words is a Calgary, Alberta business run by me, Marlies Sargent. I work to empower folks to feel more confident about their writing and communication skills. Working Words provides freelance editing for new authors (both fiction and non-fiction authors).


I am a proud member of Editors Canada. I look forward to working with you!

Editing Services

Do you have a project you want someone to read over who isn't a family member or a friend? From idea development to grammar suggestions, collaborative editing can help you get your manuscript ready to send to a publisher (or to self-publish).

Using my background experience and knowledge as an English teacher, I offer collaborative editing services for new authors: I support authors to both develop and organize their ideas and to strengthen their writing skills through specific and detailed feedback.





Marlies from Working Words was a joy to work with when she proofread/edited my novel. She is friendly and approachable (so important when you’re handing over your ‘baby’ for review) but she was also highly professional. Marlies’ feedback was delivered promptly and was thoughtful, thorough, and always helpful.


Marlies goes the extra mile for her clients. Although she was primarily providing technical feedback, she very generously gave me constructive ideas on plot and characterization.


Thanks so much for all your help, Marlies!

Julie Baker (author)


Marlies stepped into the erratically flowing, rock-strewn stream of my creative writing effortlessly, almost as if she had read the story before and already knew her way. Her enthusiasm for my first-time attempts at writing was exactly what I needed, and her astute critiques and corrections, though warm and friendly, had an iron core of decisiveness about them that left me knowing I needed to implement them as soon as possible. I believe there was only one time I disagreed with her, but then realized she couldn’t possibly have known the meaning of the background to that feature because I hadn’t yet written it.


Above all, Marlies made me very aware that writings need to be read, and that a writer must be very aware of how readers will navigate the course of those writings and strive to ensure their experience is smooth and the content captivating, even breathtaking.

Thanks, Marlies!

Doug Hunter (author)