Licia Canton


Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Book-length and short fiction (stories, novellas); creative nonfiction; essay; memoir; biography and autobiography; articles; profiles; how-to books; metafiction and experimental writing. I like to read all kinds of fiction and nonfiction. I especially enjoy texts that deal with the arts, culture and culinary 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 two short story collections, The Pink House and Other Stories (2018) and Almond Wine and Fertility (2008; 2018) – published in Italy as Vino alla mandorla e fertilità (2015) – and the editor of ten 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, keynote speaker, visiting professor and writer-in-residence at universities, and she has read her work at international literary festivals and book fairs. She has taught composition and literature and has mentored emerging writers and journalists. She has led writing workshops in Canada, China and Italy. She holds a Ph.D. in Canadian literature from Université de Montréal, a Master’s in English and a Bachelor’s in French literature from McGill University.

Services Offered

Writing and editing, ghostwriting, speech writing, critiquing, mentoring and coaching, translation, polishing texts for publication. Workshops (groups or one-on-one) on healing through writing, getting started, automatic writing, speaking at the microphone. Consultation in-person, on the phone or via Skype.


“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.


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