Elaine Kalman Naves

Fiction, Non-Fiction

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Manuscript Evaluation

Available for:

Book-Length Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction


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.

Special Interests

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


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