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ALLISON NICHOL LONGTIN

Writer, curriculum developer & educator

I’m so pleased you’re here. I’m Allison and I'm a freelance writer, curriculum developer, and educator who believes in the power of language. A long-time advocate for clear communication, I’m thoughtful and meticulous about crafting messages.

 

I have a passion for helping people find the right words. If you're committed to accuracy, high standards, and clarity in your communications, we should talk.

 

ABOUT ME

I moved into the freelance world in 2021 after almost a decade spent working in the arts and non-profit sectors with the goal of bringing my language skills to an array of clients and partners across different fields, including education, cultural, health, and environmental sectors.

 

I've worked alongside the best and brightest in curriculum development and plain language.  Most notably, I held the role of Programs Manager at a national literacy organization where I developed, wrote, adapted, and edited educational content for a wide range of audiences, age ranges, and platforms, including print and online publication. 

 

Also during my time in the literacy field, I worked closely with marketing, communications, and graphic design experts to create and review content and strategies for forward-facing platforms, including websites, social media, and targeted marketing campaigns.

 

I’m purpose and meaning driven. I believe in the need for clear communication as a baseline for equality and access to information. What do you have to tell the world, and how can I support?

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SERVICES

Here's how I can support

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAM EVALUATION

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  • Creating new & adapting existing educational content

  • Strategy & curriculum outline development

  • Research

  • Writing 

  • Editing

  • Print / digital / online

  • Program evaluation & reporting

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT & COPYWRITING

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  • Short & long-form content creation

  • Copyediting

  • Articles / personal essays / blog posts

  • Press & news releases

  • Rebranding

EDITING & PLAIN LANGUAGE

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  • Writing & editing content for the widest possible audience

  • Clear Language and Design (CLAD)-certified writer & editor

  • Structural editing

  • Proofreading

  • Review of content & report recommendations

GRANT WRITING & REPORTING

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  • Research 

  • Strategy 

  • Writing 

  • Reporting & analysis

 

Testimonials & clients

"Allison has approached every project in a conscientious and professional manner. She communicates clearly, consistently delivers high quality work, and never misses deadlines." 

Elizabeth Robinson

Director of Programs

ABC Life Literacy Canada

“Working with Allison was a fabulous experience. With an eye for creativity and detail, she developed curriculum for TBG that can be presented in person or virtually. She demonstrated her ability to be flexible and adapt to a changing educational landscape. Allison tailored content to the Ministry of Education curriculum objectives around place-based, environmental, and hands-on learning. I highly recommend hiring Allison for dynamic, experiential, and imaginative curriculum development.”

— Lisa Der (she/her)
Adult Education Supervisor 

Toronto Botanical Garden

"Allison was hired as a consultant on the Workforce Skills project for the Centre for Family Literacy. Her focus was to design processes to gather data from frontline workers in the construction field, collect the data and then analyze it. She was incredibly professional, detail-oriented, easy to work with and kept the project within scope and on time. She was able to manage challenges and continue moving forward, while keeping everyone informed about what was happening. Her final report and recommendations were informative and helped guide the next steps of the project. I highly recommend her to anyone considering hiring a consultant for this type of work."

— Kim Chung

Executive Director

Centre for Family Literacy

"Allison is a true artist of words. I collaborated with Allison to develop language for my professional website to accompany and describe my work as an illustrator. What a joy to receive her drafts and dive into the text. She was able to sensitively capture the language of my images and translate it into beautiful words. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with Allison."

— Jennifer Amelie Vogel

Illustrator & Artist

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LITERACIES

Areas of expertise

 

CULTURAL LITERACY

DIGITAL LITERACY

ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

FAMILY LITERACY

FINANCIAL LITERACY

HEALTH LITERACY

PHYSICAL LITERACY

WORKPLACE LITERACY

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When you work with me you’re getting a:

  • Language expert -

    • English (mother tongue)

    • French (professional working proficiency)

    • German (limited working proficiency)

  • Skilled project manager - detailed workbacks created to suit your timelines and respect for deadlines

  • Creative thinker & storyteller - original, inventive, and innovative content 

  • Meticulous & mindful editor - high-quality content that meets or exceeds your standards and mine

  • Seasoned educator - 10+ years’ teaching and facilitation experience for diverse audiences

  • Mindful collaborator - trauma-informed, anti-oppression & anti-racist approach

Why work with me?
 
Published work

Financial literacy articles & personal essay series for Business Insider

Podcast interview: BiggerPockets Money Podcast 

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