FICTION

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 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: 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.
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 

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 photo by Fred Lauing

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 photo by Studio Iris

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.

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 best-selling novels My October, shortlisted in 2014 for the Governor General’s Fiction Award and long-listed for the Scotia Bank-Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist, 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 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: claireholdenrothman [at] gmail.com

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Robyn Sarah at VerseFest

Focus

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Poetry (manuscript development), short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal journalism.

Brief Bio

Robyn Sarah’s poetry, short fiction, personal journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Her publications include ten poetry collections, two short story collections, and a book of essays on poetry. Her monthly column Poetic License ran in The Gazette for a year (2000-2001.)  A dozen of her poems have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she is represented in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Her most recent collection, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Since leaving Champlain Regional College where she taught English for twenty years, she has mentored and led poetry and prose workshops at QWF and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, among others.  She signed on as poetry editor for Cormorant Books in 2011, and has edited nineteen poetry titles for the press.

Services Offered

Manuscript critique (close reading and one-page global response)

One-time or ongoing coaching/mentoring on a work in progress (this can happen by phone, email, in person, or a combination)

Specialty: Poetry manuscript development (helping poets get from a pile of poems to a manuscript ready to submit to a publisher): advice on selection, organization, sequencing,  presentation, and guidance on submitting work to magazines prior to book publication.

To contact Robyn Sarah 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: rsarah [at] aei.ca

Robyn Sarah’s biography at Canadian Poetry Online

(last updated 2009)

Robyn Sarah’s CV  

Saleema Nawaz Webster photo by Dallas Curow

Focus

Fiction, nonfiction

Special Interests

Literary fiction, young adult, creative nonfiction, memoir, and academic writing.

Brief Bio

Saleema Nawaz Webster is the author of the short-story collection Mother Superior  (Freehand Books, 2008) and the novel Bone & Bread (House of Anansi, 2013), which won the 2013 QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Her short story “My Three Girls,” won the 2008 Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Saleema holds an M.A. in English from the University of Manitoba, where she was awarded the Robert Kroetsch Prize for best creative thesis. She has been employed as a creative writing instructor as well as a copy editor, and she has many years of experience in providing constructive feedback on creative and academic work. She has written and edited for literary publishers, mass market magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, governmental reports, and university publications.

Services Offered

Manuscript assessment, line editing, copy editing, development and coaching.  I can provide a detailed, substantive critique of your manuscript or undertake line editing or copy editing as requested for manuscripts that are suitably advanced. I can also help coach you through the writing process with ongoing planning, deadlines, reading, and positive, concrete feedback.  I also provide editing and coaching for academic theses, dissertations, scholarly articles, or book manuscripts in preparation for submission.

 

To contact Saleema Nawaz Webster 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: saleema.webster [at] gmail.com.

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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

 

NONFICTION

Julie Barlow photo by Studio Iris

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 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: 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.
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 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: 600 [at] cusmano.com

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Bryan Demchinsky photo by Gabor Szilasi

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.

To contact Bryan Demchinsky 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: 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, C.M., Ph.D., theatre educator and producer/director, is the author of seven books, including a family memoir (Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome), three books on Quebec theatre history, and three books describing a technique she designed for training actors, which can be adapted for use in other disciplines. Her books have been uniformly praised by book reviewers. Books include A Gift for their Mother; The Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre: A History; The Dramatic Legacy of Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters: The Montreal Children’s Theatre, 1933- 2009; and her current book, Quebec Theatre’s Grande-Dame, Madame Jean-Louis Audet, 1889-1970: The Magical World of Studio Saint-Hubert, to be published in French translation October, 2016. In 2007, in recognition of her lifetime achievement in drama and theatre she was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

Services Offered

One-page critiques on the ms in its development, and/or verbal feedback, in-person consultation on memoirs and non-fiction books. I enjoy working with writers in person and creating a positive working relationship.

To contact Muriel Gold 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: murielgoldpoole [at] videotron.ca.

Muriel Gold in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Laurie Gough

Focus

Nonfiction

Special Interests

Memoir, travel, humour, personal essay, themes of family, health and childhood, but open to any interesting nonfiction work. I’m drawn to writing that’s lyrical, honest and blends introspection with real-world experience.

Brief Bio

I’m the author of Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours (Penguin) and Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey, shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in the U.K., and silver medal winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Travel Book of the Year in the U.S. Over twenty of my stories have been anthologized in literary travel books and I’ve written for The Globe and Mail, The L.A. Times, USA Today, salon.com, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Canadian Geographic, Caribbean Travel + Life, among others. My next book is coming out in 2016 with Dundurn.

Services Offered

I will read, assess and write editorial comments and suggestions on a portion of your manuscript 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 on theme and direction. I’ve been an editor and writing consultant for over 20 years and love my job.
To contact Laurie Gough 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: laurie [at] lauriegough.com 

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Elise Moser photo by Fred Lauing

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 photo by Studio Iris

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.

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 best-selling novels My October, shortlisted in 2014 for the Governor General’s Fiction Award and long-listed for the Scotia Bank-Giller Prize, and The Heart Specialist, 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 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: claireholdenrothman [at] gmail.com

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Robyn Sarah at VerseFest

Focus

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Poetry (manuscript development), short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal journalism.

Brief Bio

Robyn Sarah’s poetry, short fiction, personal journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Her publications include ten poetry collections, two short story collections, and a book of essays on poetry. Her monthly column Poetic License ran in The Gazette for a year (2000-2001.)  A dozen of her poems have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she is represented in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Her most recent collection, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Since leaving Champlain Regional College where she taught English for twenty years, she has mentored and led poetry and prose workshops at QWF and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, among others.  She signed on as poetry editor for Cormorant Books in 2011, and has edited nineteen poetry titles for the press.

Services Offered

Manuscript critique (close reading and one-page global response)

One-time or ongoing coaching/mentoring on a work in progress (this can happen by phone, email, in person, or a combination)

Specialty: Poetry manuscript development (helping poets get from a pile of poems to a manuscript ready to submit to a publisher): advice on selection, organization, sequencing,  presentation, and guidance on submitting work to magazines prior to book publication.

To contact Robyn Sarah 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: rsarah [at] aei.ca

Robyn Sarah’s biography at Canadian Poetry Online

(last updated 2009)

Robyn Sarah’s CV  

Maria Schamis Turner photo by Siobhan Devlin

Focus

Nonfiction

Special Interests

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

Brief Bio

Maria Schamis Turner is known for her work as founding editor, editor-in-chief, and creative nonfiction editor of the literary magazine carte blanche. Maria worked for 10 years on literary projects for CBC Radio, most recently as an editor for Canada Writes. She is currently an editor for Medscape Medical News. Maria is also the vice-president of the Creative Nonfiction Collective and co-producer of the “true story” storytelling series This Really Happened. She has taught workshops in personal essay and on storytelling, and her nonfiction work has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Globe & Mail, The National Post, SNReview, Fourth Genre, and other publications.

Services Offered

Substantive editing, line editing, 1-page critique on manuscripts, in-person or Skype consultation to discuss feedback

 

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

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

 

POETRY

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

 

Ian Ferrier

Focus

Poetry 

Special Interests

From delivery to stage presence and microphone technique I can help you appear natural, comfortable and charismatic whenever you have to present your work to others. 

Brief Bio

Ian Ferrier currently tours solo poetry and music shows across Canada and into the United States and Europe. He also creates and performs poetry and music with a nationally known dance company: For Body and Light. 

Ian is a founder of the poetry and music label Wired on Words, curator and host of QWF’s monthly Words & Music Show —which has been presenting poets monthly since 2000—and director of the annual Mile End Poets Festival.

Ian’s essays on literature have appeared in Journal of the Americas and Canadian Theatre Review as well as in the online Canadian Review of Literature in Performance (LITLIVE.CA), a journal he co-founded in 2009. He has taught at the Banff Centre and is a past-president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

His most recent book of (mostly) poems, Coming and Going was released by Popolo Press in 2015. Another volume, Bear Dreams will be released by the same press this year.  Noted poetry translator Marie Frankland is currently assembling a selection of his poems for publication with Editions du Noroît in 2017.

Ian’s first CD/book Exploding Head Man (Planète rebelle 2000) drew national recognition. Two CDs followed: What Is This Place (2007) and Pharmakon MTL – To Call Out in the Night (2011). In 2011 he was the recipient of the League of Canadian Poets’ Golden Beret Award for outstanding contributions to spoken word poetry.

Services Offered

Expert live and Skype coaching on how to get comfortable (and even ENJOY!) presenting your work to a live audience. Help with poem and poetry manuscript editing; teaches master classes in presenting poetry live and creating multimedia literature projects.

To contact Ian Ferrier 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: thepoetwholives [at] gmail.com

ianferrier.com

forbodyandlight.org

Rachel Thompson

Focus

Poetry, corporate

Special Interests

I help writers get around anything that is holding them back from achieving their goals and building the writing career they want. I am a firm believer—and actor—in building a creative writing community that supports emerging writers.

Brief Bio

As an editor at Room magazine, where I also served as Managing Editor, I have scads of experience mentoring emerging writers and editors. In 2015, QWF hired me to teach a workshop called Lit Mag Love on getting smart (and fearless) about publishing in journals. I now offer this course on LitWriters.co. My writing-related education includes stints at The Writer’s Studio at SFU, The Banff Centre, and The University of Winnipeg (BA, English). I’ve been published in a cluster of CanLit mags and an assortment of international journals. My book of poems, Galaxy (Anvil Press 2011), won Simon Fraser University’s First Book Competition. To my delight, writers subscribe to read my bons mots via email on LitWriters.co, in which I share free tools and stories to illuminate their writing lives. Bonus fact: I’m also a web geek with fifteen years of experience helping creative people build communities online.

Services Offered

I offer a variety of personal editing and coaching packages for writers at any stage of their project—from manuscript critiques to accountability coaching. My tools and courses that help writers illuminate their writing lives are available (many for free) on LitWriters.co. Lastly, I build websites that grow audiences for writers at any career stage on RachelThompson.co, where I also offer web copywriting coaching and editing services.

Start with a free 15-minute consultation online or by phone to see if we’d be a good fit to work together. Sign up at litwriters.co/workwithme.

To contact Rachel Thompson 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: writers [at] rachelthompson.co.

rachelthompson.co

litwriters.co

 

Robyn Sarah at VerseFest

Focus

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Poetry (manuscript development), short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal journalism.

Brief Bio

Robyn Sarah’s poetry, short fiction, personal journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Her publications include ten poetry collections, two short story collections, and a book of essays on poetry. Her monthly column Poetic License ran in The Gazette for a year (2000-2001.)  A dozen of her poems have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she is represented in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Her most recent collection, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Since leaving Champlain Regional College where she taught English for twenty years, she has mentored and led poetry and prose workshops at QWF and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, among others.  She signed on as poetry editor for Cormorant Books in 2011, and has edited nineteen poetry titles for the press.

Services Offered

Manuscript critique (close reading and one-page global response)

One-time or ongoing coaching/mentoring on a work in progress (this can happen by phone, email, in person, or a combination)

Specialty: Poetry manuscript development (helping poets get from a pile of poems to a manuscript ready to submit to a publisher): advice on selection, organization, sequencing,  presentation, and guidance on submitting work to magazines prior to book publication.

To contact Robyn Sarah 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: rsarah [at] aei.ca

Robyn Sarah’s biography at Canadian Poetry Online

(last updated 2009)

Robyn Sarah’s CV  

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

 

ACADEMIC

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  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: acherayou [at] videotron.ca

acheraiou.ca

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 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: andrew.churchill [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Edwin Janzen

Focus

Academic, corporate, journalism

Special Interests

Art and culture, history, politics, Indigenous themes, religion and spirituality. Mind you, I am a quick study—curious and versatile—so even if you don’t see your theme represented here, please inquire anyway.

Brief Bio

Everybody wants innovation and “outside the box” thinking, but in practice few people get as far as lifting the lid. To my twenty years as a writer and editor, I add a BA in medieval history and an MFA in visual art, as well as a voracious appetite for books and magazines, so my clients are assured of working with a broadly informed, critical and creative freelance professional. Widely sought after for style, accuracy and responsiveness to clients’ needs, I guarantee solid, problem-free copy, including SEO copy, to meet your personal and publishing needs.

I have written copy for UNICEF Canada, Concordia University, Montréal Arts Interculturels, Art Mûr (Montreal) and scores of other organizations and individual clients, as well as for Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Canadian Dimension, C Magazine, Fuse and other magazines. Selected current and past editing clients include the University of Calgary Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Waterloo), MennoMedia (Harrisonburg, Virginia) and Véhicule Press (Montreal).

Services Offered

Writing Services: Web (SEO) and email copy; Newsletters, catalogues and brochures; Articles, reviews and case histories; Grant applications.

Editing Services: Line/substantive editing; Copy editing; Proofreading.

To contact Edwin Janzen 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: epjanzen [at] gmail.com

janzencopywriting.com

CORPORATE

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 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: 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 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: andrew.churchill [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Edwin Janzen

Focus

Academic, corporate, journalism

Special Interests

Art and culture, history, politics, Indigenous themes, religion and spirituality. Mind you, I am a quick study—curious and versatile—so even if you don’t see your theme represented here, please inquire anyway.

Brief Bio

Everybody wants innovation and “outside the box” thinking, but in practice few people get as far as lifting the lid. To my twenty years as a writer and editor, I add a BA in medieval history and an MFA in visual art, as well as a voracious appetite for books and magazines, so my clients are assured of working with a broadly informed, critical and creative freelance professional. Widely sought after for style, accuracy and responsiveness to clients’ needs, I guarantee solid, problem-free copy, including SEO copy, to meet your personal and publishing needs.

I have written copy for UNICEF Canada, Concordia University, Montréal Arts Interculturels, Art Mûr (Montreal) and scores of other organizations and individual clients, as well as for Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Canadian Dimension, C Magazine, Fuse and other magazines. Selected current and past editing clients include the University of Calgary Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Waterloo), MennoMedia (Harrisonburg, Virginia) and Véhicule Press (Montreal).

Services Offered

Writing Services: Web (SEO) and email copy; Newsletters, catalogues and brochures; Articles, reviews and case histories; Grant applications.

Editing Services: Line/substantive editing; Copy editing; Proofreading.

To contact Edwin Janzen 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: epjanzen [at] gmail.com

janzencopywriting.com

Rachel Thompson

Focus

Poetry, corporate

Special Interests

I help writers get around anything that is holding them back from achieving their goals and building the writing career they want. I am a firm believer—and actor—in building a creative writing community that supports emerging writers.

Brief Bio

As an editor at Room magazine, where I also served as Managing Editor, I have scads of experience mentoring emerging writers and editors. In 2015, QWF hired me to teach a workshop called Lit Mag Love on getting smart (and fearless) about publishing in journals. I now offer this course on LitWriters.co. My writing-related education includes stints at The Writer’s Studio at SFU, The Banff Centre, and The University of Winnipeg (BA, English). I’ve been published in a cluster of CanLit mags and an assortment of international journals. My book of poems, Galaxy (Anvil Press 2011), won Simon Fraser University’s First Book Competition. To my delight, writers subscribe to read my bons mots via email on LitWriters.co, in which I share free tools and stories to illuminate their writing lives. Bonus fact: I’m also a web geek with fifteen years of experience helping creative people build communities online.

Services Offered

I offer a variety of personal editing and coaching packages for writers at any stage of their project—from manuscript critiques to accountability coaching. My tools and courses that help writers illuminate their writing lives are available (many for free) on LitWriters.co. Lastly, I build websites that grow audiences for writers at any career stage on RachelThompson.co, where I also offer web copywriting coaching and editing services.

Start with a free 15-minute consultation online or by phone to see if we’d be a good fit to work together. Sign up at litwriters.co/workwithme.

To contact Rachel Thompson 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: writers [at] rachelthompson.co.

rachelthompson.co

litwriters.co

 

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 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: marytra4d [at] gmail.com

Mary Trafford’s Resume

SCREENWRITING/PLAYWRITING

Wiebke von Carolsfeld photo by Guntar Kravis

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.

To contact Wiebke von Carolsfeld 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: wvoncarolsfeld [at] gmail.com.

Wiebke von Carolsfeld at IMDB.

JOURNALISM

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 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: ric_andrews [at] hotmail.com

 Richard Andrews’ CV

Julie Barlow photo by Studio Iris

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

nadeaubarlow.com

 

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 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: 600 [at] cusmano.com

accenti.ca

longbridgebooks.com

On LinkedIn

Bryan Demchinsky photo by Gabor Szilasi

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.

To contact Bryan Demchinsky 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: brydem [at] videotron.ca

brydem.com

Kevin Dougherty

Focus

Special interests

Brief bio

Services offered

To contact Kevin Dougherty 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: kdoughertyqc [at]  gmail.com

Edwin Janzen

Focus

Academic, corporate, journalism

Special Interests

Art and culture, history, politics, Indigenous themes, religion and spirituality. Mind you, I am a quick study—curious and versatile—so even if you don’t see your theme represented here, please inquire anyway.

Brief Bio

Everybody wants innovation and “outside the box” thinking, but in practice few people get as far as lifting the lid. To my twenty years as a writer and editor, I add a BA in medieval history and an MFA in visual art, as well as a voracious appetite for books and magazines, so my clients are assured of working with a broadly informed, critical and creative freelance professional. Widely sought after for style, accuracy and responsiveness to clients’ needs, I guarantee solid, problem-free copy, including SEO copy, to meet your personal and publishing needs.

I have written copy for UNICEF Canada, Concordia University, Montréal Arts Interculturels, Art Mûr (Montreal) and scores of other organizations and individual clients, as well as for Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Canadian Dimension, C Magazine, Fuse and other magazines. Selected current and past editing clients include the University of Calgary Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Waterloo), MennoMedia (Harrisonburg, Virginia) and Véhicule Press (Montreal).

Services Offered

Writing Services: Web (SEO) and email copy; Newsletters, catalogues and brochures; Articles, reviews and case histories; Grant applications.

Editing Services: Line/substantive editing; Copy editing; Proofreading.

To contact Edwin Janzen 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: epjanzen [at] gmail.com

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Joanne Penhale

Focus

Journalism

Special Interests

Print journalism, interviews, correspondence, newsletters, outreach, personal profiles

Brief Bio

I love the art of the interview and I know the local English journalism scene in Montreal. I’ve written extensively for the Montreal Gazette, the Westmount Independent, other community newspapers and online publications. As a freelance reporter since 2009, an editor since 2012, and a community radio maker since 2002, I know what editors appreciate and what kinds of pitches are likely to get accepted. My research is meticulous, and I plan for and execute informative and mutually enjoyable interviews. When necessary, I strategically push to get questions answered thoroughly. I can profile any person, any event, any phenomenon, by finding and talking to the right people. I’m an editing whiz with a handle on Canadian Press, APA, and Chicago styles. My French is decent and I love helping Francophone clients work on English documents. I like people. I’m down-to-earth and yet professional and reliable.

Services Offered

Writing, substantive and copy-editing, coaching for cub reporters and freelancers

To contact Joanne Penhale 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: jo.penhale [at] gmail.com.

Robyn Sarah at VerseFest

Focus

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism

Special Interests

Poetry (manuscript development), short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, personal journalism.

Brief Bio

Robyn Sarah’s poetry, short fiction, personal journalism, and literary criticism have appeared in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Her publications include ten poetry collections, two short story collections, and a book of essays on poetry. Her monthly column Poetic License ran in The Gazette for a year (2000-2001.)  A dozen of her poems have been broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she is represented in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Her most recent collection, My Shoes Are Killing Me, won the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry. Since leaving Champlain Regional College where she taught English for twenty years, she has mentored and led poetry and prose workshops at QWF and the Maritime Writers’ Workshop, among others.  She signed on as poetry editor for Cormorant Books in 2011, and has edited nineteen poetry titles for the press.

Services Offered

Manuscript critique (close reading and one-page global response)

One-time or ongoing coaching/mentoring on a work in progress (this can happen by phone, email, in person, or a combination)

Specialty: Poetry manuscript development (helping poets get from a pile of poems to a manuscript ready to submit to a publisher): advice on selection, organization, sequencing,  presentation, and guidance on submitting work to magazines prior to book publication.

To contact Robyn Sarah 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: rsarah [at] aei.ca

Robyn Sarah’s biography at Canadian Poetry Online

(last updated 2009)

Robyn Sarah’s CV