FICTION

Ami Sands Brodoff
Ami Sands Brodoff
Licia Canton
Licia Canton
April Ford
Leila Marshy
Maya Merrick
Maya Merrick
Elise Moser photo by Fred Lauing
Elise Moser
Elaine Kalman Naves photo by Studio Iris
Elaine Kalman Naves
Gina Roitman
Gina Roitman
Claire Holden Rothman
Claire Holden Rothman
Robert Edison Sandiford
Robert Edison Sandiford
Cora Siré
Derek Webster
Derek Webster

CHILDREN’S & YA LITERATURE

Raquel Rivera

NONFICTION

Julie Barlow photo by Studio Iris
Julie Barlow
Ami Sands Brodoff
Ami Sands Brodoff
Licia Canton
Licia Canton
Domenic Cusmano
Domenic Cusmano
Bryan Demchinsky photo by Gabor Szilasi
Bryan Demchinsky
Muriel Gold
Muriel Gold
Leila Marshy
Elise Moser photo by Fred Lauing
Elise Moser
Elaine Kalman Naves photo by Studio Iris
Elaine Kalman Naves
Timothy Niedermann
Shelagh Plunkett
Gina Roitman
Gina Roitman
Claire Holden Rothman
Claire Holden Rothman
Robert Edison Sandiford
Robert Edison Sandiford
Maria Schamis Turner
Cora Siré
Derek Webster
Derek Webster

POETRY

Stephanie Yorke
Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell
Derek Webster
Derek Webster

ACADEMIC

Amar Acheraiou
Amar Acheraiou
Andrew Churchill
Andrew Churchill
Shelagh Plunkett

CORPORATE

Richard Andrews
Richard Andrews
Andrew Churchill
Andrew Churchill
ChristopherHolcroft
Christopher Holcroft
Leila Marshy
Shelagh Plunkett
Cora Siré
Mary Trafford
Mary Trafford

SCREENWRITING/PLAYWRITING

Wiebke von Carolsfeld photo by Guntar Kravis
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Matt Holland
Matt Holland

JOURNALISM

Richard Andrews
Richard Andrews
Julie Barlow photo by Studio Iris
Julie Barlow
Domenic Cusmano
Domenic Cusmano
Bryan Demchinsky photo by Gabor Szilasi
Bryan Demchinsky
Kevin Dougherty
Kevin Dougherty
Timothy Niedermann
Shelagh Plunkett
Maria Schamis Turner

Ami Sands Brodoff

Focus

Fiction, memoir

Special Interests 

Ami is an experienced mentor, writing coach and editor. She specializes in working with writers tackling character-based novels and story collections that have a potentially strong narrative thrust. Ami also loves helping writers shape personal memoir.

Brief Bio  

Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and a volume of stories.  The White Space Between won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Bloodknots, a thematically-linked volume of stories about families on the edge, was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award.  Ami’s debut novel, Can You See Me? was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and is a recommended pick of NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). Ami contributes essays, articles and reviews to such diverse publications as Tablet, Vogue, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Review of Books, and Quill and Quire. Ami has a new novel, In Many Waters, forthcoming in Spring 2017 from Inanna Publications.

Services Offered 

Mentoring and coaching. Manuscript evaluation including big-picture response, as well as more detailed editing. If you are in the early stages of planning a book, I can help you to focus your ideas and to formulate writing goals with a plan and timeline. I always meet face-to-face with my writing clients to discuss my feedback. In addition, I am available to do book talks at your library or club about my own work, contemporary literature, or one of the classics.

To contact Ami Sands Brodoff, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: ami-sands [at] sympatico.ca

 

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Licia Canton

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Book-length and short fiction (stories, novellas); creative nonfiction; essay; memoir; biography; articles; profiles; metafiction and experimental writing. I like to read nonfiction that deals with the arts, culture and heritage, foreign destinations, politics and history, family and relationships. I am particularly interested in working with emerging writers to get that first title published.

Brief Bio

Licia Canton is a professional writer and editor with more than twenty years’ experience. She has worked with authors, publishers, teachers, and public relations and marketing professionals. She has published short stories, essays, and articles in Canada and abroad. She is the author of the story collection Almond Wine and Fertility (2008) – published in Italy as Vino alla mandorla e fertilità (2015) – and the editor of nine volumes of fiction and nonfiction. She is also a literary critic, translator and founding editor-in-chief of Accenti Magazine. She has been a guest author and keynote speaker at universities, and she has read her work at international literary festivals. She has taught composition and literature and has mentored emerging writers and journalists. She holds a Ph.D. in Canadian literature from Université de Montréal and a Master’s in English from McGill University.

Services Offered

Writing and editing, ghostwriting, speech writing, critiquing, mentoring and coaching, translation, polishing texts for publication. Consultation in-person or via Skype.

Testimonial

“I needed someone who could help me get my first novel ready for submission to publishers. Licia was the right choice. She quickly put the spotlight on what crippled the story. Thanks to her precise feedback, my scenes are now more gripping, the tensions sharper and the dialogue crisper. Her detailed literary diagnosis came with an easy-to-follow prescription to tame everything from critical details of main characters to errant commas. She was fast, thorough and patient, taking the time to explain every intricacy. I can’t wait to work with her again with my second novel.” Russell Fralich, Professor, HEC Montréal.

 

To contact Licia Canton scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: lcanton [at] accenti.ca 

April Ford

Focus

Fiction

Special Interests

April is driven by character and storytelling. As a coach/mentor, she encourages writers to explore and reveal the most challenging features of their characters or concepts. She isn’t afraid to look in dark corners or lift dusty drapes, and she enjoys working with writers at all stages of their paths and careers to help them spark (or revive) boldness within themselves. April is equally enthusiastic about syntax. Every word counts, and it pleases her to demonstrate how a single noun in a sentence can modify an entire page.

Brief Bio

For more than 15 years, April has helped at-risk youth, college students, adult and non-traditional learners explore their passions and talents for creative expression. She’s the author of The Poor Children: Stories (SFWP, 2015) and Death Is a Side-Effect: Poems (Frog Hollow Press, 2019). Her debut novel, Carousel, is forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Inanna Publications. April lives in Montreal and telecommutes as Associate Publisher of SFK Press, an independent publisher in Atlanta, Georgia.  Learn more about April here: aprilfordauthor.com.

Services Offered

Short-, medium-, and long-term coaching/mentoring for individuals at all stages of the writing process; in-person and online group novella- and novel-writing workshops (3–6 people per group); developmental and stylistic editing for book-length projects; copyediting and proofreading for prose pieces up to 20,000 words (includes a 30 min. follow-up phone conversation); personalized plan to maximize your visibility as an author, whether you’re looking to interest publishers or sell more copies of an existing book.

To contact April Ford, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: aprilford.author.etc [at] gmail.com.

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Leila Marshy

Focus

Fiction, Nonfiction, Corporate

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short stories and novels), nonfiction, academic, memoir.

Pedagogical material, educational writing.

Marketing writing, corporate writing, web content, press releases.

Brief Bio

Leila has published stories and poetry in dozens of Canadian and American journals and anthologies and has worked as a writing coach and mentor in schools and for individuals. She spent many years in the pedagogical sector, writing, editing and project managing.

Her novel, The Philistine, was published in 2018.

Services Offered

I can offer a wide range of services from basic read-throughs to line editing, full edits, and polishing drafts. We would discuss your needs, the timeline for deliveries, and what you expect from my input. Together, we would work out the best way to move forward. I like working with other writers and helping them find and hone their voice.

Testimonial

“Leila has been mentoring and editing my stories for three years now. Her amazing talent as a writer and a teacher has helped me find my writerly voice and improved my technique. Several of the stories she has helped me with have been published in prestigious journals, one of which was nominated for the 2019 Journey Prize. Without Leila’s guidance, support and unique knack of turning some of my most gruesomely painful periods of self-doubt into invaluable (and fun!) learning experiences, I wouldn’t be on the successful path of an emerging writer that I am on today.”

— Elizabeth Ball

To contact Leila Marshy, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: leilamarshy [at] gmail.com

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Maya Merrick

Focus

Fiction

Special Interests

Maya specializes in working with writers tackling long-form works such as novels, novellas, and graphic novels. Her main focus is literary fiction, but she has a deep love for sci-fi and comics, as well as for misfit lit (cross-genre, odd, or unclassifiable works). If you’re not sure what section of a bookstore your manuscript belongs in, or if you’re asking yourself “Can I do this?” a lot, Maya’s probably your gal.

Brief Bio

Maya Merrick’s novel, Sextant (Conundrum Press), was released to critical acclaim in 2005, followed by The Hole Show (Conundrum Press) in 2007. She is an instructor and program consultant in the departments of Journalism and Creative Writing at Concordia University’s Centre for Continuing Education, works with the Quebec Writers’ Federation as a workshop facilitator and mentor, and has served as a manuscript consultant for The Writers’ Union of Canada. She is an active writing coach/mentor, editor, copyeditor, and manuscript consultant. Maya is currently completing her third novel, Colour Radio, and is collaborating on a graphic novel, The Otherwise, with Maryanna Hardy.

Services Offered

Ongoing coaching/mentoring.; developmental, substantive, and/or mechanical edits, as requested.; detailed feedback on sample pages or entire manuscripts; in-person (or remote) one-on-one meetings.

 

To contact Maya Merrick scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: m.merrick [at] sympatico.ca  

Elise Moser

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short stories and novels), nonfiction, academic manuscripts, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, children’s and young adult, and memoir

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor. My publications include thirty short stories, a literary novel for adults and a YA novel. I have edited or co-edited several anthologies. I’ve done copyediting, proofreading, line editing, substantive editing and manuscript assessments. I am bilingual and although I am not a translator, I have worked on a number of projects where the text originated in French and needed massaging into correct and colloquial English.

Services Offered

I can offer whatever level of support you need, from a simple read-through to a detailed edit, down to the last comma. I am happy to edit a project through multiple revisions or coach you as your project develops over time. Clients often return to me with revised or new work, including pieces they are preparing to submit to journals, contests, and publishers. Having spent over thirty years in the book industry as a bookseller, publishers’ sales rep, and author, I can also give you advice on the writing life or on getting published.

 

To contact Elise Moser scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: elise.m [at] videotron.ca

Elaine Kalman Naves

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Novel, memoir, creative or literary non-fiction, and autobiography.

Brief Bio

Elaine Kalman Naves brings a wide range of experience in working with writers and editors to the job of writing coach. She is the author of eight critically acclaimed titles that run the gamut from fiction and creative nonfiction, to memoir, history, and autobiography. She has had more than 400 articles and stories published in a variety of Canadian and international publications, and for many years she served as books columnist with the Montreal Gazette. Elaine has led workshops in creative writing at the Quebec Writers’ Federation since their inception, and mentors emerging writers both through the QWF mentorship program and privately. She has won a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay, two Quebec Writers’ Federation prizes for non-fiction, and two Jewish Book Awards for Holocaust Literature. She is best known for her memoirs Journey to Vajaand Shoshanna’s Story, and for the creative nonfiction title, Portrait of a: Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman. Her most recent book is the novel, The Book of Faith.

Services Offered

Depending on your needs, I can provide anything from a simple read-through and response to a detailed edit. If you are at the beginning of a project, I am happy to work with you as you develop your themes and direction. If you already have a manuscript,  I will read, assess and write editorial comments and suggestions on a portion of it and from there, we can decide if you’d like substantive edits on the entire work along with detailed line editing, or more of a consulting/coaching relationship. I enjoy the give and take of the editorial relationship and derive satisfaction from helping other writers find their voice and reach their goals.

 

To contact Elaine Kalman Naves scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write elainekalmanaves [at] sympatico.ca

ElaineKalmanNaves.com

 

Gina Roitman

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Short stories, novels, biography, and memoir. Working one-on-one makes for a rewarding relationship and successful results.

Brief Bio

I am the author of a short story collection, Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth and several biographies including Midway to China and Beyond.  As a writing coach and editor, I have worked on a diverse range of projects: a chick lit novel by a best-selling novelist, a first-time author’s work of historical fiction, and a G-G winning journalist’s collection of 20 short stories. I have ghost-written the memoir of two child survivors of the Holocaust and continue to offer mentoring and editorial feedback for those working on autobiography.

Service Offered

One-page manuscript critique; full edit; in-person or Skype consultation to discuss feedback; and ongoing coaching.

Testimonial

“Gina is a gifted short story editor. First of all, she knows how to help the writer make characters come alive and sees the details that can be enhanced to make a story sing. She also has good ideas about how to make the narrative line of the story hold the reader.” (Sheila Arnopoulos, author, Jackrabbit Moon)

“The idea to write a book about his life, and specifically the many chapters in his business life, was not a new one for my husband, Gary Bromberg. But how to do it? His children…decided to make the book a reality in the form of a gift in honour of their father’s 70th birthday. Gina Roitman was the answer. She was a wonderful choice to give wings to Gary’s stories and portray them in a manner that reflects the man – his character, his sense of adventure and his sense of humor. ” (Rhonda Wolfe,  Prologue to Midway to China and Beyond by Gary Bromberg and Gina Roitman) 

“…and a special thank you to my final editor, Gina Roitman, who worked to marshal the most important narratives of my writing to produce this cohesive and comprehensive story of my life.” (Sidney Zoltak, author, My Silent Pledge: A Journey of Struggle, Survival and Remembrance)

 

To contact Gina Roitman scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write:info [at] ginaroitman.com.

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Claire Holden Rothman

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short story, novel), nonfiction and memoir.

Brief Bio

I am a writer, translator and editor. My publications include two story collections and the novels Lear’s Shadow (2018), My October (2014), finalist for the Governor General’s Fiction Award and long-listed for the Scotia Bank-Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist (2009), long-listed for the 2009 Scotia Bank-Giller Prize and sold in six countries.  For many years I taught literature and creative writing at Marianopolis College. I also led the Advanced Fiction Workshop in McGill University’s Department of English for four years.

Meeting fellow writers and helping them bring their work into the world is one of the pleasures of this writing life. Privately and through the QWF, I’ve been a midwife to some beautiful births.

Services Offered

I offer a range of mentoring and editorial services from an initial read-through and response to a detailed line edit. If you are starting a project, I can help you develop ideas.  As you write, I can provide deadlines and whatever amount and form of feedback is useful. If you have a manuscript in hand, I can read it, give feedback, edit for structure or, if you are near completion, offer line edits.  I tend to ask a lot of questions, encouraging writers to find their own vision and voice.  Writing of any length is welcome—short pieces for contest or journal submission, and longer works over several drafts. Consults are available by Skype or in person to discuss written feedback. Services can be tailored to your needs

To contact Claire Holden Rothman, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: claireholdenrothman [at] gmail.com

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Robert Edison Sandiford

Focus

Fiction, non-fiction

Special Interests

Literary, short stories, novels, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, memoir

Brief Bio

I am the author of nine books, including the award-winning novel And Sometimes They Fly, the graphic novel Great Moves, and the memoir Sand for Snow: A Canadian-Caribbean Chronicle, shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. My most recent story collection is Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett.

I am the editor, with the poet and essayist Linda M. Deane, of the groundbreaking Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology and Green Readings: Barbados, The First Five Years (2008-2012). A three-time recipient of Barbados’ Governor General’s Award for my fiction and winner of the Harold Hoyte Award for my editing, I have worked as a journalist, publisher, video producer with Warm Water Productions, Creative Writing teacher at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and Research Methods teacher at Barbados Community College.

Services Offered

Mentoring, content editing, structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading, manuscript evaluation & critiquing

A goal in mentoring or editing should be to clarify a writer’s intentions and ambitions: readying a manuscript for a contest is not necessarily the same as filling out a grant application or submitting to agents/editors/publishers.

The challenge in the process is to know when to be patient, when to be less so; how to be diplomatic in commentary even when the commentary is harsh; but always to tell it like it is and like it ain’t. Have you served the story? is one of the questions I often ask clients, whether they’re aspiring, emerging or have, presumably, already made it.

To contact Robert Edison Sandiford, scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo, or write rob [at] theindependentpress.com

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Cora Siré

Special Interests

Short stories, novellas, novels, memoirs, personal essays and corporate communications.

 

Brief Bio

I’m the author of three books and over twenty short stories and essays. My writing has been featured in anthologies and magazines in Canada and Mexico. I have worked with many writers on their fiction and nonfiction works, delivered a writing workshop for QWF and served as a juror for the Guernica Literary Fiction Prize. I was previously employed in a demanding corporate environment and have completed short-term writing contracts for internal and external communications. I speak English, French, German and Spanish and write mainly in English.

 

Services Offered

I can provide quick feedback and guidance on how to improve a short piece or a manuscript. I can also work over an extended period with writers seeking to complete book-length works or develop their craft. With my cross-cultural background, I am committed to nurturing inclusiveness and empathy in the writing community.

On the corporate side, I am accustomed to working quickly within urgent deadlines on documents such as speeches, position papers, or government submissions. I can also provide coaching on how to improve business communications.

To contact Cora Siré, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photo or write: info [a] quena.ca

Website:  quena.ca

 

 

Derek Webster

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Special Interests

Investigative journalism, humour, personal essay (including memoir and family stories), conceptual nonfiction, opinion pieces, polemic, literary criticism and arts writing

Brief Bio

I have an MFA in Writing, Diploma in Education and BA (Honours) in English, and over 12 years of professional, award-winning editing experience at Maisonneuve magazine (which I founded) and at Reader’s Digest. I’ve taught all forms of writing at the university level (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and mentored hundreds of writers, from beginners and “non-writers” to award-winning professionals and professors.

Services Offered

I provide every kind of mentoring and editorial feedback: initial assessment, concept development, hands-on manuscript shaping, ongoing coaching. I’ve edited over 1000 stories, including 40 National Magazine Award winners or finalists. Long or short, fictional or fact-based, there’s nothing I can’t work with! I love helping others to bring out the best in their writing.

I’m also a published poet. Whatever your purpose, I can help you make your writing sing!

 

To contact Derek Webster, scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo or write: derekwebster [@] me.com

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Raquel Rivera

Focus

Children’s & YA literature.

Special interests

Fiction, creative non-fiction, historic fiction, humour, unique voices, graphic/comics works, writing groups, class visits.

 

Brief Bio

I’m a writer, editor, and presenter/performer who’s lived and worked in Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Barcelona. Since settling in Montreal, I’ve pursued my interest in children’s and Young Adult literature while raising a family. I’ve published five books for young readers and lead writing workshops at schools and in communities across Quebec and Canada. My work as a writer for Quebec Reading Connection has given me a broad perspective on current, quality children’s and YA literature and the educational market.

Awards and honours include the QWF Prize for Children’s and YA literature; Red Cedar Book Award Nominee; Silver Birch Nominee; CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Selection); USBBY Outstanding International Books (Grades 3-5); Quill & Quire’s “Best of 2007”(Children’s).

 

Services Offered

Critique and/or detailed editing of draft manuscripts, with an emphasis on market attraction and publishing goals. Custom-tailored visits and workshops with writing groups, classes, book clubs, teachers’ associations, etc. (Copyediting and proofreading services are not offered.)

To contact Raquel Rivera, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photo, or write to: raquel [a] sitedish.com

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Julie Barlow

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Books, feature writing. Julie is a specialist of language (French and Spanish) and culture. She also writes feature articles on a wide variety of general interest topics. She has worked as a writing coach, ghost-writer and consultant on medical, self-help, business, job market, philanthropic and other subjects.

Brief Bio

Julie is a bilingual journalist and award-winning co-author of four books of literary non-fiction: the international bestseller Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, The Story of French (2006), The Story of Spanish (2013) and The Bonjour Effect (2016). Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada, the U.S. and Europe including The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Le Courier international. She is a regular contributor to the Quebec public affairs magazine L’actualité and speaks widely about France and the French language.

Services Offered

Coaching and feedback on all stages non-fiction book writing and publishing, and on feature writing, including: researching and story structure and tips on effective writing; pitch letters and book proposals; tips for negotiating with editors, promoting and marketing writing and for dealing with editors and agents.

To contact Julie Barlow scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: julie [at] nadeaubarlow.com

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Ami Sands Brodoff

Focus

Fiction, memoir

Special Interests 

Ami is an experienced mentor, writing coach and editor. She specializes in working with writers tackling character-based novels and story collections that have a potentially strong narrative thrust. Ami also loves helping writers shape personal memoir.

Brief Bio  

Ami Sands Brodoff is the award-winning author of three novels and a volume of stories.  The White Space Between won The Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Bloodknots, a thematically-linked volume of stories about families on the edge, was a finalist for The Re-Lit Award.  Ami’s debut novel, Can You See Me? was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and is a recommended pick of NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill). Ami contributes essays, articles and reviews to such diverse publications as Tablet, Vogue, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Review of Books, and Quill and Quire. Ami has a new novel, In Many Waters, forthcoming in Spring 2017 from Inanna Publications.

Services Offered 

Mentoring and coaching. Manuscript evaluation including big-picture response, as well as more detailed editing. If you are in the early stages of planning a book, I can help you to focus your ideas and to formulate writing goals with a plan and timeline. I always meet face-to-face with my writing clients to discuss my feedback. In addition, I am available to do book talks at your library or club about my own work, contemporary literature, or one of the classics.

To contact Ami Sands Brodoff, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: ami-sands [at] sympatico.ca

 

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Licia Canton

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Book-length and short fiction (stories, novellas); creative nonfiction; essay; memoir; biography; articles; profiles; metafiction and experimental writing. I like to read nonfiction that deals with the arts, culture and heritage, foreign destinations, politics and history, family and relationships. I am particularly interested in working with emerging writers to get that first title published.

Brief Bio

Licia Canton is a professional writer and editor with more than twenty years’ experience. She has worked with authors, publishers, teachers, and public relations and marketing professionals. She has published short stories, essays, and articles in Canada and abroad. She is the author of the story collection Almond Wine and Fertility (2008) – published in Italy as Vino alla mandorla e fertilità (2015) – and the editor of nine volumes of fiction and nonfiction. She is also a literary critic, translator and founding editor-in-chief of Accenti Magazine. She has been a guest author and keynote speaker at universities, and she has read her work at international literary festivals. She has taught composition and literature and has mentored emerging writers and journalists. She holds a Ph.D. in Canadian literature from Université de Montréal and a Master’s in English from McGill University.

Services Offered

Writing and editing, ghostwriting, speech writing, critiquing, mentoring and coaching, translation, polishing texts for publication. Consultation in-person or via Skype.

Testimonial

“I needed someone who could help me get my first novel ready for submission to publishers. Licia was the right choice. She quickly put the spotlight on what crippled the story. Thanks to her precise feedback, my scenes are now more gripping, the tensions sharper and the dialogue crisper. Her detailed literary diagnosis came with an easy-to-follow prescription to tame everything from critical details of main characters to errant commas. She was fast, thorough and patient, taking the time to explain every intricacy. I can’t wait to work with her again with my second novel.” Russell Fralich, Professor, HEC Montréal.

 

To contact Licia Canton scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: lcanton [at] accenti.ca 

Domenic Cusmano

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Magazine articles, opinion pieces, creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir, satire, and photo journalism. Book-length and short texts..I am particularly interested in, but not limited to, writing that deals with foreign destinations, politics, sports, and social and humanitarian causes. I work with emerging and established writers.

Brief Bio

Domenic Cusmano is a publisher, editor, writer, communications specialist, and educator. He is the co-founder and publisher of Accenti Magazine, an English-language magazine for lovers of things Italian. He is also the co-founder of Longbridge Books, an independent publisher whose mandate is to publish works of fiction and nonfiction that convey Canada’s multicultural character. Domenic is the managing editor of Consolata Missionaries Magazine for Canada and the United States, for which he has travelled to and reported from countries in Africa and Latin America. He has been quoted in the Gazette, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, la Presse, and he has appeared as a guest on radio and television. His work has been published in books, newspapers, magazines, and university journals. He has taught English and History at various levels in the Quebec education system, and he has worked for the Quebec Ministry of Education in Montreal and Quebec City as a curriculum development consultant. Domenic Cusmano holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the Université de Montréal, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from McGill University.

Services Offered

Writing and editing, critiquing, mentoring and coaching, manuscript evaluation, polishing for publication, translation and revision of translated texts, ghost writing, printing consulting and self-publishing. Consultation in-person, phone or via Skype.

To contact Domenic Cusmano, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: 600 [at] cusmano.com

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longbridgebooks.com

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Bryan Demchinsky

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Non-fiction, literary non-fiction, memoir, family history, corporate history, business journalism, freelance journalism, and research.

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor with forty years experience in daily newspapers and freelance work. I have been literary editor, business editor and features editor at the Montreal Gazette. I am the author, co-author or editor of nine books including After Auschwitz: One Man’s Story, an as-told-to biography published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. I have worked as a media consultant in the legal field and have been managing editor of a national magazine.

Services Offered

Writing: family histories and memoirs, business and freelance writing. Editing: manuscript critiques, in-depth structural editing and rewriting, copy-editing, preparation of manuscripts for publication, including writing pitches to publishers, how-to instruction for freelance and literary writers, starting out or mid-career. During my years as an editor, I employed writers from across the country, becoming well versed in how writing, freelancing and publishing works in Canada. Prepared to work online or in person as required.

Testimonial

“I am most impressed with what you have done! The words flow beautifully, the contexts are clear and definite, and most importantly you use only my words, and this is really my voice!” Martha De Francisco (Associate Professor, Sound Recording, McGill University)

 

To contact Bryan Demchinsky, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: brydem [at] videotron.ca

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Muriel Gold

Focus

Nonfiction

Special Interests

Memoir writing, creative non-fiction, non-fiction, theatre history

Brief Bio

Muriel Gold is the author of seven books, including a family memoir (Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome) and three books on Quebec theatre history. Her books have been uniformly praised by book reviewers. Her most recent book titles are: SPEAK UP! THE STORY OF MADAME JEAN-LOUIS AUDET Pioneer of Quebec Stage, Radio and the French Language and in French translation PLUS FORT! L’histoire de Madame Audet  Pionnière du theatre, de la radio québécoises, amoureuse de la langue française.

Muriel conducts workshops for the Quebec Writers’ Federation and elsewhere, providing coaching, editing, and personal feedback.  In recognition of her lifetime achievement in drama and theatre she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2007. Muriel is currently co-editing a book by Dr. Constance Batty, The Life and Times of Donald and Irma Wheat 1914-1920: the Journey of an African American Family.

Services Offered

I can offer a one-page critique or in-person consultation on your in-progress non-fiction manuscript. I enjoy working with writers in person and creating a positive working relationship.

Testimonial

“Dr. Gold, a recipient of the Order of Canada, did the most to improve my writing and reading. She edited the second draft of my manuscript and wrote the foreword and endorsement for this book. My heartfelt appreciation.” Alan K. Joe (author of Of Ox and Unicorn, An Immigrant’s Story)

 

To contact Muriel Gold, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: murielgoldpoole [at] videotron.ca.

Muriel Gold in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Leila Marshy

Focus

Fiction, Nonfiction, Corporate

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short stories and novels), nonfiction, academic, memoir.

Pedagogical material, educational writing.

Marketing writing, corporate writing, web content, press releases.

Brief Bio

Leila has published stories and poetry in dozens of Canadian and American journals and anthologies and has worked as a writing coach and mentor in schools and for individuals. She spent many years in the pedagogical sector, writing, editing and project managing.

Her novel, The Philistine, was published in 2018.

Services Offered

I can offer a wide range of services from basic read-throughs to line editing, full edits, and polishing drafts. We would discuss your needs, the timeline for deliveries, and what you expect from my input. Together, we would work out the best way to move forward. I like working with other writers and helping them find and hone their voice.

Testimonial

“Leila has been mentoring and editing my stories for three years now. Her amazing talent as a writer and a teacher has helped me find my writerly voice and improved my technique. Several of the stories she has helped me with have been published in prestigious journals, one of which was nominated for the 2019 Journey Prize. Without Leila’s guidance, support and unique knack of turning some of my most gruesomely painful periods of self-doubt into invaluable (and fun!) learning experiences, I wouldn’t be on the successful path of an emerging writer that I am on today.”

— Elizabeth Ball

To contact Leila Marshy, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: leilamarshy [at] gmail.com

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Elise Moser

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short stories and novels), nonfiction, academic manuscripts, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, children’s and young adult, and memoir

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor. My publications include thirty short stories, a literary novel for adults and a YA novel. I have edited or co-edited several anthologies. I’ve done copyediting, proofreading, line editing, substantive editing and manuscript assessments. I am bilingual and although I am not a translator, I have worked on a number of projects where the text originated in French and needed massaging into correct and colloquial English.

Services Offered

I can offer whatever level of support you need, from a simple read-through to a detailed edit, down to the last comma. I am happy to edit a project through multiple revisions or coach you as your project develops over time. Clients often return to me with revised or new work, including pieces they are preparing to submit to journals, contests, and publishers. Having spent over thirty years in the book industry as a bookseller, publishers’ sales rep, and author, I can also give you advice on the writing life or on getting published.

 

To contact Elise Moser scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: elise.m [at] videotron.ca

Elaine Kalman Naves

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Novel, memoir, creative or literary non-fiction, and autobiography.

Brief Bio

Elaine Kalman Naves brings a wide range of experience in working with writers and editors to the job of writing coach. She is the author of eight critically acclaimed titles that run the gamut from fiction and creative nonfiction, to memoir, history, and autobiography. She has had more than 400 articles and stories published in a variety of Canadian and international publications, and for many years she served as books columnist with the Montreal Gazette. Elaine has led workshops in creative writing at the Quebec Writers’ Federation since their inception, and mentors emerging writers both through the QWF mentorship program and privately. She has won a Canadian Literary Award for Personal Essay, two Quebec Writers’ Federation prizes for non-fiction, and two Jewish Book Awards for Holocaust Literature. She is best known for her memoirs Journey to Vajaand Shoshanna’s Story, and for the creative nonfiction title, Portrait of a: Scandal: The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman. Her most recent book is the novel, The Book of Faith.

Services Offered

Depending on your needs, I can provide anything from a simple read-through and response to a detailed edit. If you are at the beginning of a project, I am happy to work with you as you develop your themes and direction. If you already have a manuscript,  I will read, assess and write editorial comments and suggestions on a portion of it and from there, we can decide if you’d like substantive edits on the entire work along with detailed line editing, or more of a consulting/coaching relationship. I enjoy the give and take of the editorial relationship and derive satisfaction from helping other writers find their voice and reach their goals.

 

To contact Elaine Kalman Naves scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write elainekalmanaves [at] sympatico.ca

ElaineKalmanNaves.com

 

Timothy Niedermann

Focus

Non-fiction, journalism.

Special Interests

Law, public policy, memoir, biography, ghostwriting.

Brief Bio

A professional editor for most of my career, I have edited magazines, books, and scholarly journals and have dealt with subject matter ranging from sports to law to public policy to celebrity biography. I have also ghostwritten several memoirs. I released my first novel, “Wall of Dust,” published by Deux Voiliers Publishing, in 2015. I am a frequent book reviewer for the Ottawa Review of Books and contribute think pieces to the Montreal Review.
I have taught creative and expository writing at Yale and McGill and enjoy helping writers of all ages find their voice.

My greatest strength as an editor and mentor is perhaps my ability to clarify arguments and issues for the reader—whether the issue is insider jargon, technobabble, ponderous legalese, or simple vagueness—improving precision and comprehension while also preserving the writer’s own distinctive voice. Having trained as a lawyer, I am also a stickler for factual accuracy, and provide      thorough research on any topic I deal with.

While my fiction has been described as “lyrical,” my expository prose is spare and precise. I present facts and ideas clearly and with the appropriate context for full understanding by the targeted reader.

Services Offered

Editing, copyediting, business communication, ghostwriting, translation, coaching at all stages of non-fiction writing.

 

To contact Timothy, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: tpniedermann [at] gmail.com

 

Shelagh Plunkett

Focus

Nonfiction, Academic, Journalism, and Corporate

Special Interests

My interests include book-length manuscripts and short and long-form nonfiction of all types – creative and literary, first-person narrative, academic, corporate, reportage, and editorials – ranging in subject matter from memoir, the arts, and travel to business, religious history, political and human rights issues. I enjoy working with writers at all stages but particularly with emerging writers or those exploring new genres, approaches, or subjects.

Brief Bio

I am a published author (The Water Here is Never Blue, my memoir of growing up overseas, was published by Penguin), a trained journalist (with a relevant BA and bylines in national and international journals), and a seasoned columnist (six years of arts, travel and lifestyle coverage). I work as an editor with academic presses, individuals, and corporations, and was the founding editor of two community newspapers.

Services offered

I offer a full range of services from a basic read-through and two-page analysis to all levels of editing – substantive to copyedits and proofreading. I am especially adept at illuminating the strengths and weaknesses in a manuscript and in cleaning up convoluted language, making text flow with simple clarity. Coaching and mentoring, ghostwriting, guidance on how to source and obtain an appropriate publisher, insight into marketing, grant applications, and other sources of funding are also areas in which I can assist you.

To contact Shelagh Plunkett, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: shelaghplunkett [at] gmail.com

Gina Roitman

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Short stories, novels, biography, and memoir. Working one-on-one makes for a rewarding relationship and successful results.

Brief Bio

I am the author of a short story collection, Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth and several biographies including Midway to China and Beyond.  As a writing coach and editor, I have worked on a diverse range of projects: a chick lit novel by a best-selling novelist, a first-time author’s work of historical fiction, and a G-G winning journalist’s collection of 20 short stories. I have ghost-written the memoir of two child survivors of the Holocaust and continue to offer mentoring and editorial feedback for those working on autobiography.

Service Offered

One-page manuscript critique; full edit; in-person or Skype consultation to discuss feedback; and ongoing coaching.

Testimonial

“Gina is a gifted short story editor. First of all, she knows how to help the writer make characters come alive and sees the details that can be enhanced to make a story sing. She also has good ideas about how to make the narrative line of the story hold the reader.” (Sheila Arnopoulos, author, Jackrabbit Moon)

“The idea to write a book about his life, and specifically the many chapters in his business life, was not a new one for my husband, Gary Bromberg. But how to do it? His children…decided to make the book a reality in the form of a gift in honour of their father’s 70th birthday. Gina Roitman was the answer. She was a wonderful choice to give wings to Gary’s stories and portray them in a manner that reflects the man – his character, his sense of adventure and his sense of humor. ” (Rhonda Wolfe,  Prologue to Midway to China and Beyond by Gary Bromberg and Gina Roitman) 

“…and a special thank you to my final editor, Gina Roitman, who worked to marshal the most important narratives of my writing to produce this cohesive and comprehensive story of my life.” (Sidney Zoltak, author, My Silent Pledge: A Journey of Struggle, Survival and Remembrance)

 

To contact Gina Roitman scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write:info [at] ginaroitman.com.

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Gina Roitman’s Blog

On LinkedIn

 

 

Claire Holden Rothman

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short story, novel), nonfiction and memoir.

Brief Bio

I am a writer, translator and editor. My publications include two story collections and the novels Lear’s Shadow (2018), My October (2014), finalist for the Governor General’s Fiction Award and long-listed for the Scotia Bank-Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist (2009), long-listed for the 2009 Scotia Bank-Giller Prize and sold in six countries.  For many years I taught literature and creative writing at Marianopolis College. I also led the Advanced Fiction Workshop in McGill University’s Department of English for four years.

Meeting fellow writers and helping them bring their work into the world is one of the pleasures of this writing life. Privately and through the QWF, I’ve been a midwife to some beautiful births.

Services Offered

I offer a range of mentoring and editorial services from an initial read-through and response to a detailed line edit. If you are starting a project, I can help you develop ideas.  As you write, I can provide deadlines and whatever amount and form of feedback is useful. If you have a manuscript in hand, I can read it, give feedback, edit for structure or, if you are near completion, offer line edits.  I tend to ask a lot of questions, encouraging writers to find their own vision and voice.  Writing of any length is welcome—short pieces for contest or journal submission, and longer works over several drafts. Consults are available by Skype or in person to discuss written feedback. Services can be tailored to your needs

To contact Claire Holden Rothman, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: claireholdenrothman [at] gmail.com

claireholdenrothman.com

 

Robert Edison Sandiford

Focus

Fiction, non-fiction

Special Interests

Literary, short stories, novels, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, memoir

Brief Bio

I am the author of nine books, including the award-winning novel And Sometimes They Fly, the graphic novel Great Moves, and the memoir Sand for Snow: A Canadian-Caribbean Chronicle, shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award. My most recent story collection is Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett.

I am the editor, with the poet and essayist Linda M. Deane, of the groundbreaking Shouts from the Outfield: The ArtsEtc Cricket Anthology and Green Readings: Barbados, The First Five Years (2008-2012). A three-time recipient of Barbados’ Governor General’s Award for my fiction and winner of the Harold Hoyte Award for my editing, I have worked as a journalist, publisher, video producer with Warm Water Productions, Creative Writing teacher at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and Research Methods teacher at Barbados Community College.

Services Offered

Mentoring, content editing, structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading, manuscript evaluation & critiquing

A goal in mentoring or editing should be to clarify a writer’s intentions and ambitions: readying a manuscript for a contest is not necessarily the same as filling out a grant application or submitting to agents/editors/publishers.

The challenge in the process is to know when to be patient, when to be less so; how to be diplomatic in commentary even when the commentary is harsh; but always to tell it like it is and like it ain’t. Have you served the story? is one of the questions I often ask clients, whether they’re aspiring, emerging or have, presumably, already made it.

To contact Robert Edison Sandiford, scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo, or write rob [at] theindependentpress.com

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Maria Schamis Turner

Focus

Nonfiction, Journalism

Special Interests

Memoir, personal and lyric essay, feature writing, and literary journalism (short pieces and book-length manuscripts.)

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor based in Montreal. I am known for my work as founding editor, editor-in-chief, and creative nonfiction editor of the literary magazine carte blanche. I also worked for 10 years on literary projects for CBC Radio, including as an editor for Canada Writes. I am currently an editor for Medscape Medical News, where I edit daily news stories on a variety of complex subjects.

I am also the producer of the true storytelling series This Really Happened, and have taught workshops in editing, personal essay, and storytelling. My nonfiction work has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Globe & MailThe National PostSNReviewFourth Genre, and other publications.

Services Offered

I offer a range of editorial services, from substantive and line editing to idea development, manuscript critiques, and reading suggestions.

 

To contact Maria Schamis Turner scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: turnmaria [at] gmail.com

Cora Siré

Special Interests

Short stories, novellas, novels, memoirs, personal essays and corporate communications.

 

Brief Bio

I’m the author of three books and over twenty short stories and essays. My writing has been featured in anthologies and magazines in Canada and Mexico. I have worked with many writers on their fiction and nonfiction works, delivered a writing workshop for QWF and served as a juror for the Guernica Literary Fiction Prize. I was previously employed in a demanding corporate environment and have completed short-term writing contracts for internal and external communications. I speak English, French, German and Spanish and write mainly in English.

 

Services Offered

I can provide quick feedback and guidance on how to improve a short piece or a manuscript. I can also work over an extended period with writers seeking to complete book-length works or develop their craft. With my cross-cultural background, I am committed to nurturing inclusiveness and empathy in the writing community.

On the corporate side, I am accustomed to working quickly within urgent deadlines on documents such as speeches, position papers, or government submissions. I can also provide coaching on how to improve business communications.

To contact Cora Siré, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photo or write: info [a] quena.ca

Website:  quena.ca

 

 

Derek Webster

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Special Interests

Investigative journalism, humour, personal essay (including memoir and family stories), conceptual nonfiction, opinion pieces, polemic, literary criticism and arts writing

Brief Bio

I have an MFA in Writing, Diploma in Education and BA (Honours) in English, and over 12 years of professional, award-winning editing experience at Maisonneuve magazine (which I founded) and at Reader’s Digest. I’ve taught all forms of writing at the university level (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and mentored hundreds of writers, from beginners and “non-writers” to award-winning professionals and professors.

Services Offered

I provide every kind of mentoring and editorial feedback: initial assessment, concept development, hands-on manuscript shaping, ongoing coaching. I’ve edited over 1000 stories, including 40 National Magazine Award winners or finalists. Long or short, fictional or fact-based, there’s nothing I can’t work with! I love helping others to bring out the best in their writing.

I’m also a published poet. Whatever your purpose, I can help you make your writing sing!

 

To contact Derek Webster, scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo or write: derekwebster [@] me.com

Derek Webster’s CV

 

Stephanie Yorke

Focus

Poetry

Special Interests

Words for music, dis/ability writing, and book reviews.

Brief Bio

I hold a doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, as well as an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. I have previous experience of editing creative work for young beginning writers, mature beginning writers, peers, and poets better established than myself. I’m a feminist, and more than half of the books on my shelf were authored by women.

My own publications include a poetry book, Both Boys Climb Trees They Can’t Climb Down (Signature Editions 2012), and poems in literary journals such as PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, CV2, Prairie Fire, Ryga, Grain Magazine, The Malahat Review, Wave Composition, Descant, and others. I have provided several texts for a musical composer, and have published fiction, book reviews, and essays.

Services Offered

I love the nitty-gritty of editing, and I am a good person to turn to if you want an editor to read your writing closely. Do you need a poetry reader who’ll catch the repeated metaphor in your manuscript, or a libretto editor who’ll notice you’ve given the soprano a line full of unsingable vowels? I’m good at reading for the minutiae, no matter the form of the work. I am also happy to offer project-level comments and ideas to reshape a project, or a preliminary response to newer writing in the form of a one-page review. I can readily meet in person or over Skype to talk about your writing.

To contact Stephanie Yorke, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: syorkefreelanceediting [a] gmail.com

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Brian Campbell

Focus

Poetry

Special Interests

While respecting a writer’s sensibility, I help him or her put together a manuscript that achieves balance and unity while taking the reader on a journey. On the level of finer editing, I gain special enjoyment in aiding a poet to delete what weighs a poem down, to find that word or phrase that makes a poem fly lightly on its wings.

Brief Bio

Brian Campbell is a Montreal poet, editor, translator, book reviewer and chapbook publisher. His third full-length collection, Shimmer Report, was published in 2015 by Ekstasis Editions. Brian Campbell is also the author of Passenger Flight (Signature Editions, 2009), and Guatemala and Other Poems (Window Press, Toronto, 1994). Undressing the Night is his book-length translation of the selected poems of the Nicaraguan-Canadian poet Francisco Santos (Editorial Lunes, Costa Rica, 2006). Campbell’s poems have appeared in numerous literary reviews including Contemporary Verse 2, Saranac Review, Antigonish Review, Vallum, Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, Dusie, carte blanche, Nth Position, and The Evergreen Review. Campbell was a finalist for the 2006 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, and in 2011, was awarded a Canada Council creative writing grant towards the completion of Shimmer Report.

Services Offered

Global response; detailed line editing; 1-page critique; full edit; in-person or Skype consultation to provide or discuss feedback.
To contact Brian Campbell scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: brian.campbell [at] videotron.ca

briancampbell.ca

 

Derek Webster

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Special Interests

Investigative journalism, humour, personal essay (including memoir and family stories), conceptual nonfiction, opinion pieces, polemic, literary criticism and arts writing

Brief Bio

I have an MFA in Writing, Diploma in Education and BA (Honours) in English, and over 12 years of professional, award-winning editing experience at Maisonneuve magazine (which I founded) and at Reader’s Digest. I’ve taught all forms of writing at the university level (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and mentored hundreds of writers, from beginners and “non-writers” to award-winning professionals and professors.

Services Offered

I provide every kind of mentoring and editorial feedback: initial assessment, concept development, hands-on manuscript shaping, ongoing coaching. I’ve edited over 1000 stories, including 40 National Magazine Award winners or finalists. Long or short, fictional or fact-based, there’s nothing I can’t work with! I love helping others to bring out the best in their writing.

I’m also a published poet. Whatever your purpose, I can help you make your writing sing!

 

To contact Derek Webster, scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo or write: derekwebster [@] me.com

Derek Webster’s CV

 

Amar Acheraiou

Focus

Academic

Special Interests

Biography, history, politics, and cultural themes. I particularly enjoy working with emerging writers and researchers.

Brief Bio

I am a seasoned scholar, literary critic, editor, translator, and novelist. I taught British literature, postcolonial theory, and cultural studies for twelve years and published numerous scholarly articles and three academic books: Questioning Hybridity, Postcolonialism and Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Joseph Conrad and the Reader (2009, Palgrave Macmillan), and Rethinking Postcolonialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Besides expertise in academic writing, I am an experienced editor and manuscript evaluator. I edited Joseph Conrad and the Orient (Columbia UP, 2012), and, currently, I am editing Joseph Conrad: Ethics, Empire and Postcolonialism (under contract, 2017). For four years I also worked regularly as a manuscript assessor for Palgrave Macmillan and several academic journals and presses (The Conradian, UK, Conradiana, ARIEL, Canada). Recently, I completed a novel, Babel of Hope which deals with exile, search for roots, and social and political commitment.

Services Offered

I provide editorial assistance; critical feedback; global response; detailed line editing; full edit; in-person consultation and coaching.

To contact Amar Acheraiou, please click on the green envelope icon, or write to: acherayou [at] videotron.ca

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Andrew Churchill

Focus

Academic, corporate

Special Interests

My passion is teaching people to communicate more effectively.  Specific areas of content expertise include academic writing, grant writing, technical reports, marketing materials, business correspondence (cover letters, resumes, technical reports, etc.), as well as presentation scripts and accompanying visual aids.

 Brief Bio

I have a doctorate in education from McGill University and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. My experience ranges from writing theses, academic articles and books to developing strategic plans and creating marketing materials.  For the last 9 years, I have been helping students and working professionals hone their writing and presentation skills by teaching classes, leading seminars and designing professional workshops as well as doing freelance contract work as an editor. I was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill in 2015.

 Services Offered

I offer a range of writing and editing services.  My focus is not only on improving texts but also on improving writers as I coach them through my editing process.  Services include:

editing: structural, stylistic and copyediting;
preparing visuals, scripting text and coaching delivery for effective presentations.

I work on either an hourly rate or a project fee. While I prefer to incorporate at least some in-person feedback, I also work extensively through electronic means providing feedback by written comments, tracked changes, recorded audio commentary and Skype sessions.

To contact Andrew Churchill,  click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: andrew.churchill [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

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Shelagh Plunkett

Focus

Nonfiction, Academic, Journalism, and Corporate

Special Interests

My interests include book-length manuscripts and short and long-form nonfiction of all types – creative and literary, first-person narrative, academic, corporate, reportage, and editorials – ranging in subject matter from memoir, the arts, and travel to business, religious history, political and human rights issues. I enjoy working with writers at all stages but particularly with emerging writers or those exploring new genres, approaches, or subjects.

Brief Bio

I am a published author (The Water Here is Never Blue, my memoir of growing up overseas, was published by Penguin), a trained journalist (with a relevant BA and bylines in national and international journals), and a seasoned columnist (six years of arts, travel and lifestyle coverage). I work as an editor with academic presses, individuals, and corporations, and was the founding editor of two community newspapers.

Services offered

I offer a full range of services from a basic read-through and two-page analysis to all levels of editing – substantive to copyedits and proofreading. I am especially adept at illuminating the strengths and weaknesses in a manuscript and in cleaning up convoluted language, making text flow with simple clarity. Coaching and mentoring, ghostwriting, guidance on how to source and obtain an appropriate publisher, insight into marketing, grant applications, and other sources of funding are also areas in which I can assist you.

To contact Shelagh Plunkett, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: shelaghplunkett [at] gmail.com

Richard Andrews

Focus

Journalism, corporate

Special interests

Magazine features, articles, media releases, ecotourism and adventure travel

Brief bio

From piranha fishing on the Amazon and tracking down war criminals in Beijing, to the boardrooms of Fortune 100 companies and the coral reefs of Fiji, Richard Andrews has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and freelance writing. A former foreign correspondent, diplomat and journalist in the Asia Pacific region, he has trained media representatives, not-for-profit groups, senior executives and UN employees in Australia, Canada, China and Papua New Guinea. Richard writes for travel publications, foundations, development agencies, banks, industry groups, newspapers and IT companies on three continents. An award-winning editor, he has taught journalism and business communication at the CEGEP level and conducts magazine writing classes at McGill University. He has a Quebec Teaching Certificate and is a registered English-language trainer with the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail/Emploi-Québec. 

Services offered

Copywriting, editing, fundraising letters, PR consultancy, business communication, video scripts, writing & language coach.

To contact Richard Andrews, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: ric_andrews [at] hotmail.com

 Richard Andrews’ CV

Andrew Churchill

Focus

Academic, corporate

Special Interests

My passion is teaching people to communicate more effectively.  Specific areas of content expertise include academic writing, grant writing, technical reports, marketing materials, business correspondence (cover letters, resumes, technical reports, etc.), as well as presentation scripts and accompanying visual aids.

 Brief Bio

I have a doctorate in education from McGill University and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. My experience ranges from writing theses, academic articles and books to developing strategic plans and creating marketing materials.  For the last 9 years, I have been helping students and working professionals hone their writing and presentation skills by teaching classes, leading seminars and designing professional workshops as well as doing freelance contract work as an editor. I was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill in 2015.

 Services Offered

I offer a range of writing and editing services.  My focus is not only on improving texts but also on improving writers as I coach them through my editing process.  Services include:

editing: structural, stylistic and copyediting;
preparing visuals, scripting text and coaching delivery for effective presentations.

I work on either an hourly rate or a project fee. While I prefer to incorporate at least some in-person feedback, I also work extensively through electronic means providing feedback by written comments, tracked changes, recorded audio commentary and Skype sessions.

To contact Andrew Churchill,  click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: andrew.churchill [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

linkedin.com/in/andrewhchurchill/

Christopher Holcroft

Focus

Corporate

 

Special Interests

Writing and editing persuasive copy for clients to inform and engage the public, media, policy makers, and key stakeholders. Non-profit.

 

Brief Bio 

Christopher draws on more than 20 years of writing; strategic communications, media relations, and political campaign management experience to support clients enact positive change. Prior to starting Empower Consulting in 2008, Christopher held a number of public affairs roles in the non-profit, private, and public sectors.  Christopher is a frequent media commentator on public policy issues and has written numerous op-ed articles for major Canadian newspapers. Christopher has a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and was nominated for the Rodrigue-Pageau Scholarship for academic excellence and community involvement while attending the University of Ottawa.  Christopher’s reflections on the campaign to restore health care access for refugees in Canada will be included as part of an upcoming academic textbook – Health Determinants of Underserved Populations in Canada (Athabasca University Press).

 

Services offered 

Speech writing, report writing, drafting media materials, creating content for websites and social media channels, copy editing, developing and executing public relations and advocacy plans, media and presentation training.

To contact Christopher Holcroft scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of his name and photo or write: christopherholcroft [at] hotmail.ca

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Leila Marshy

Focus

Fiction, Nonfiction, Corporate

Special Interests

Literary fiction (short stories and novels), nonfiction, academic, memoir.

Pedagogical material, educational writing.

Marketing writing, corporate writing, web content, press releases.

Brief Bio

Leila has published stories and poetry in dozens of Canadian and American journals and anthologies and has worked as a writing coach and mentor in schools and for individuals. She spent many years in the pedagogical sector, writing, editing and project managing.

Her novel, The Philistine, was published in 2018.

Services Offered

I can offer a wide range of services from basic read-throughs to line editing, full edits, and polishing drafts. We would discuss your needs, the timeline for deliveries, and what you expect from my input. Together, we would work out the best way to move forward. I like working with other writers and helping them find and hone their voice.

Testimonial

“Leila has been mentoring and editing my stories for three years now. Her amazing talent as a writer and a teacher has helped me find my writerly voice and improved my technique. Several of the stories she has helped me with have been published in prestigious journals, one of which was nominated for the 2019 Journey Prize. Without Leila’s guidance, support and unique knack of turning some of my most gruesomely painful periods of self-doubt into invaluable (and fun!) learning experiences, I wouldn’t be on the successful path of an emerging writer that I am on today.”

— Elizabeth Ball

To contact Leila Marshy, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: leilamarshy [at] gmail.com

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Shelagh Plunkett

Focus

Nonfiction, Academic, Journalism, and Corporate

Special Interests

My interests include book-length manuscripts and short and long-form nonfiction of all types – creative and literary, first-person narrative, academic, corporate, reportage, and editorials – ranging in subject matter from memoir, the arts, and travel to business, religious history, political and human rights issues. I enjoy working with writers at all stages but particularly with emerging writers or those exploring new genres, approaches, or subjects.

Brief Bio

I am a published author (The Water Here is Never Blue, my memoir of growing up overseas, was published by Penguin), a trained journalist (with a relevant BA and bylines in national and international journals), and a seasoned columnist (six years of arts, travel and lifestyle coverage). I work as an editor with academic presses, individuals, and corporations, and was the founding editor of two community newspapers.

Services offered

I offer a full range of services from a basic read-through and two-page analysis to all levels of editing – substantive to copyedits and proofreading. I am especially adept at illuminating the strengths and weaknesses in a manuscript and in cleaning up convoluted language, making text flow with simple clarity. Coaching and mentoring, ghostwriting, guidance on how to source and obtain an appropriate publisher, insight into marketing, grant applications, and other sources of funding are also areas in which I can assist you.

To contact Shelagh Plunkett, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: shelaghplunkett [at] gmail.com

Cora Siré

Special Interests

Short stories, novellas, novels, memoirs, personal essays and corporate communications.

 

Brief Bio

I’m the author of three books and over twenty short stories and essays. My writing has been featured in anthologies and magazines in Canada and Mexico. I have worked with many writers on their fiction and nonfiction works, delivered a writing workshop for QWF and served as a juror for the Guernica Literary Fiction Prize. I was previously employed in a demanding corporate environment and have completed short-term writing contracts for internal and external communications. I speak English, French, German and Spanish and write mainly in English.

 

Services Offered

I can provide quick feedback and guidance on how to improve a short piece or a manuscript. I can also work over an extended period with writers seeking to complete book-length works or develop their craft. With my cross-cultural background, I am committed to nurturing inclusiveness and empathy in the writing community.

On the corporate side, I am accustomed to working quickly within urgent deadlines on documents such as speeches, position papers, or government submissions. I can also provide coaching on how to improve business communications.

To contact Cora Siré, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photo or write: info [a] quena.ca

Website:  quena.ca

 

 

Mary Trafford

Focus

Corporate

Special Interests

Speeches and other communications products. A long-time public-service writer/editor specializing in speech-writing, Mary is experienced in creating a wide range of texts for many different audiences and purposes. Plain language is her forte.

Mary can guide you in fine-honing your message without sacrificing the intent and impact of your texts.

Brief Bio

Mary has many years’ experience as a senior Government of Canada communications professional, particularly writing/editing speeches, news releases, articles, reports, etc. Her career highlights include writing speeches for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and research/writing for successive Women’s History Months.

Mary holds degrees in Arts, Art as Applied to Medicine (medical illustration) and Women’s Studies. She is a certified equestrian coach.

Services Offered

Detailed line editing; one-page critique; complete edit; in-person, telephone or Skype consultation; ongoing coaching.

To contact Mary Trafford, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: marytra4d [at] gmail.com

Mary Trafford’s Resume

Wiebke von Carolsfeld

Focus

Screenwriting

Special Interests

Scripts. All genres and lengths.

Brief Bio

After writing and directing several award winning shorts, Montreal-based Wiebke von Carolsfeld made her directorial debut with Marion Bridge (starring Molly Parker and introducing Ellen Page). The film played at festivals around the world, won Best First Feature at TIFF, a nomination for Best Direction from the DGC and was released to critical acclaim theatrically in Canada as well as the US. Subsequently, she wrote and directed the documentary Walk with Us as well as Stay, a Canadian/Irish co-production starring Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) and Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall).

Wiebke has also worked extensively as a picture editor (October Gale [DGC nomination], Fugitive Pieces, Eisenstein [Genie Nomination], Five Senses, etc.), as a script reader for the Harold Greenberg Fund, and as a script consultant for the CFC. She has taught for Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Atlantic and for the Quebec Writers’ Federation, and has given a credited course on the creative process at Bates College in Maine.

Her most recent film as a writer, director, editor is The Saver. Based on a novel by Edeet Ravel, the film received nominations from the Canadian Screen Awards as well as the Writer’s Guild of Canada for Wiebke’s screenplay. The movie was released theatrically across Canada in 2016 and will be distributed in the US in early 2017.

CV available upon request.

Services Offered

Script consulting (Skype or in person), script editing, reader reports, coaching.

Testimonial

“Wiebke was my script consultant for a recent short fiction screenplay I wrote. Her feedback is astute and thorough, and her professionalism and passion is exceptional. Working with Wiebke not only provided incredibly helpful insight and perspective which greatly improved and enriched my script, but also helped me grow as a screenwriter and storyteller. I would highly recommend Wiebke as a script consultant for anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level.”  (Danielle Lapointe, writer/director)

 

To contact Wiebke von Carolsfeld, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: wvoncarolsfeld [at] gmail.com.

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Matt Holland

Special Interests

Screenplays (any length or genre), pitch documents, production bibles, etc.

Brief bio

Matt Holland is a screenwriter, story editor and script consultant from Montreal. He is a graduate of the MA program in Creative Writing (English Literature) at Concordia University and of both the Writers’ Lab and the Professional Screenwriting Programme at the Canadian Film Centre. Produced work includes short scripts (Drop Off, Whistleblowers Anonymous), feature films (Gone Dark, a.k.a. The Limit) and episodic television (Moose TV). Fluently bilingual, Matt co-wrote and co-created the comedy series Toi & Moi, which ran for 3 seasons on Ici-Radio-Canada and ARTV. He has recently completed a feature script rewrite for EMA Films and is currently developing a new comedy series in English for Pixcom Productions.

Matt has worked extensively as a story editor/script consultant for Item 7, Rezolution Pictures, Encore Entertainment, the CFC, The Movie Network (Harold Greenberg Fund) and others. He was also a content analyst for the English television division of Telefilm Canada and served as Manager of Development and Production for CTV Montreal (Bell Media).

Services offered

Script consultation in person or via Skype, story editing, coaching, reader reports.

To contact Matt Holland, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: hiatus [at] aei.ca

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Richard Andrews

Focus

Journalism, corporate

Special interests

Magazine features, articles, media releases, ecotourism and adventure travel

Brief bio

From piranha fishing on the Amazon and tracking down war criminals in Beijing, to the boardrooms of Fortune 100 companies and the coral reefs of Fiji, Richard Andrews has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and freelance writing. A former foreign correspondent, diplomat and journalist in the Asia Pacific region, he has trained media representatives, not-for-profit groups, senior executives and UN employees in Australia, Canada, China and Papua New Guinea. Richard writes for travel publications, foundations, development agencies, banks, industry groups, newspapers and IT companies on three continents. An award-winning editor, he has taught journalism and business communication at the CEGEP level and conducts magazine writing classes at McGill University. He has a Quebec Teaching Certificate and is a registered English-language trainer with the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail/Emploi-Québec. 

Services offered

Copywriting, editing, fundraising letters, PR consultancy, business communication, video scripts, writing & language coach.

To contact Richard Andrews, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: ric_andrews [at] hotmail.com

 Richard Andrews’ CV

Julie Barlow

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Books, feature writing. Julie is a specialist of language (French and Spanish) and culture. She also writes feature articles on a wide variety of general interest topics. She has worked as a writing coach, ghost-writer and consultant on medical, self-help, business, job market, philanthropic and other subjects.

Brief Bio

Julie is a bilingual journalist and award-winning co-author of four books of literary non-fiction: the international bestseller Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong, The Story of French (2006), The Story of Spanish (2013) and The Bonjour Effect (2016). Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada, the U.S. and Europe including The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Le Courier international. She is a regular contributor to the Quebec public affairs magazine L’actualité and speaks widely about France and the French language.

Services Offered

Coaching and feedback on all stages non-fiction book writing and publishing, and on feature writing, including: researching and story structure and tips on effective writing; pitch letters and book proposals; tips for negotiating with editors, promoting and marketing writing and for dealing with editors and agents.

To contact Julie Barlow scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: julie [at] nadeaubarlow.com

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Domenic Cusmano

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Magazine articles, opinion pieces, creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir, satire, and photo journalism. Book-length and short texts..I am particularly interested in, but not limited to, writing that deals with foreign destinations, politics, sports, and social and humanitarian causes. I work with emerging and established writers.

Brief Bio

Domenic Cusmano is a publisher, editor, writer, communications specialist, and educator. He is the co-founder and publisher of Accenti Magazine, an English-language magazine for lovers of things Italian. He is also the co-founder of Longbridge Books, an independent publisher whose mandate is to publish works of fiction and nonfiction that convey Canada’s multicultural character. Domenic is the managing editor of Consolata Missionaries Magazine for Canada and the United States, for which he has travelled to and reported from countries in Africa and Latin America. He has been quoted in the Gazette, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, la Presse, and he has appeared as a guest on radio and television. His work has been published in books, newspapers, magazines, and university journals. He has taught English and History at various levels in the Quebec education system, and he has worked for the Quebec Ministry of Education in Montreal and Quebec City as a curriculum development consultant. Domenic Cusmano holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the Université de Montréal, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from McGill University.

Services Offered

Writing and editing, critiquing, mentoring and coaching, manuscript evaluation, polishing for publication, translation and revision of translated texts, ghost writing, printing consulting and self-publishing. Consultation in-person, phone or via Skype.

To contact Domenic Cusmano, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: 600 [at] cusmano.com

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Bryan Demchinsky

Focus

Nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Non-fiction, literary non-fiction, memoir, family history, corporate history, business journalism, freelance journalism, and research.

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor with forty years experience in daily newspapers and freelance work. I have been literary editor, business editor and features editor at the Montreal Gazette. I am the author, co-author or editor of nine books including After Auschwitz: One Man’s Story, an as-told-to biography published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. I have worked as a media consultant in the legal field and have been managing editor of a national magazine.

Services Offered

Writing: family histories and memoirs, business and freelance writing. Editing: manuscript critiques, in-depth structural editing and rewriting, copy-editing, preparation of manuscripts for publication, including writing pitches to publishers, how-to instruction for freelance and literary writers, starting out or mid-career. During my years as an editor, I employed writers from across the country, becoming well versed in how writing, freelancing and publishing works in Canada. Prepared to work online or in person as required.

Testimonial

“I am most impressed with what you have done! The words flow beautifully, the contexts are clear and definite, and most importantly you use only my words, and this is really my voice!” Martha De Francisco (Associate Professor, Sound Recording, McGill University)

 

To contact Bryan Demchinsky, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: brydem [at] videotron.ca

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Kevin Dougherty

Focus

Journalism

Special interests

Quebec politics, business, indigenous peoples, environment, climate change.

Brief bio

My first degree from McGill was in English Literature/Communications. Later I did a mid-career MSc at the London School of Economics in a multidisciplinary program called Politics of the World Economy. My writing skills were honed and polished at The Canadian Press news agency. I worked for CP as a reporter-editor in Montreal and Quebec City, moving on to the Financial Post and The Gazette, with writing skills ranging from politics to business, sports and culture. Since leaving The Gazette in 2014, I have worked as an independent journalist, producing stories on the boreal forest for The Gazette, profiles for the McGill News, columns and profiles for Investment Executive and a cover story for Maritime Magazine on Quebec shipyards. I have also written stories for publication in French. Recently, I edited a book written by one of the first women members of the RCMP. While journalism is my forte, I enjoyed editing this manuscript and would welcome more such editing assignments. I also worked for about three years in public affairs as principal adviser, communications, to the president of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and as a speech writer for the top executives of Bombardier Inc.

Services offered

Writing profiles of people with something unique to offer, who may be well known or not well known. Researching complex issues and then writing about them in an accessible fashion. My main work experience is in journalism, which requires working to deadline, learning the facts, with sources to back them up, and producing readable, interesting stories.

To contact Kevin Dougherty, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph or write: kdoughertyqc [at]  gmail.com

Timothy Niedermann

Focus

Non-fiction, journalism.

Special Interests

Law, public policy, memoir, biography, ghostwriting.

Brief Bio

A professional editor for most of my career, I have edited magazines, books, and scholarly journals and have dealt with subject matter ranging from sports to law to public policy to celebrity biography. I have also ghostwritten several memoirs. I released my first novel, “Wall of Dust,” published by Deux Voiliers Publishing, in 2015. I am a frequent book reviewer for the Ottawa Review of Books and contribute think pieces to the Montreal Review.
I have taught creative and expository writing at Yale and McGill and enjoy helping writers of all ages find their voice.

My greatest strength as an editor and mentor is perhaps my ability to clarify arguments and issues for the reader—whether the issue is insider jargon, technobabble, ponderous legalese, or simple vagueness—improving precision and comprehension while also preserving the writer’s own distinctive voice. Having trained as a lawyer, I am also a stickler for factual accuracy, and provide      thorough research on any topic I deal with.

While my fiction has been described as “lyrical,” my expository prose is spare and precise. I present facts and ideas clearly and with the appropriate context for full understanding by the targeted reader.

Services Offered

Editing, copyediting, business communication, ghostwriting, translation, coaching at all stages of non-fiction writing.

 

To contact Timothy, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write: tpniedermann [at] gmail.com

 

Shelagh Plunkett

Focus

Nonfiction, Academic, Journalism, and Corporate

Special Interests

My interests include book-length manuscripts and short and long-form nonfiction of all types – creative and literary, first-person narrative, academic, corporate, reportage, and editorials – ranging in subject matter from memoir, the arts, and travel to business, religious history, political and human rights issues. I enjoy working with writers at all stages but particularly with emerging writers or those exploring new genres, approaches, or subjects.

Brief Bio

I am a published author (The Water Here is Never Blue, my memoir of growing up overseas, was published by Penguin), a trained journalist (with a relevant BA and bylines in national and international journals), and a seasoned columnist (six years of arts, travel and lifestyle coverage). I work as an editor with academic presses, individuals, and corporations, and was the founding editor of two community newspapers.

Services offered

I offer a full range of services from a basic read-through and two-page analysis to all levels of editing – substantive to copyedits and proofreading. I am especially adept at illuminating the strengths and weaknesses in a manuscript and in cleaning up convoluted language, making text flow with simple clarity. Coaching and mentoring, ghostwriting, guidance on how to source and obtain an appropriate publisher, insight into marketing, grant applications, and other sources of funding are also areas in which I can assist you.

To contact Shelagh Plunkett, click on the envelope icon to the left of the author photograph, or write to: shelaghplunkett [at] gmail.com

Maria Schamis Turner

Focus

Nonfiction, Journalism

Special Interests

Memoir, personal and lyric essay, feature writing, and literary journalism (short pieces and book-length manuscripts.)

Brief Bio

I am a writer and editor based in Montreal. I am known for my work as founding editor, editor-in-chief, and creative nonfiction editor of the literary magazine carte blanche. I also worked for 10 years on literary projects for CBC Radio, including as an editor for Canada Writes. I am currently an editor for Medscape Medical News, where I edit daily news stories on a variety of complex subjects.

I am also the producer of the true storytelling series This Really Happened, and have taught workshops in editing, personal essay, and storytelling. My nonfiction work has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Globe & MailThe National PostSNReviewFourth Genre, and other publications.

Services Offered

I offer a range of editorial services, from substantive and line editing to idea development, manuscript critiques, and reading suggestions.

 

To contact Maria Schamis Turner scroll to the top of this section and click on the small envelope icon in the margin left of her name and photo or write: turnmaria [at] gmail.com