Work together

An award-winning editor with over a decade of full-time experience, I work with writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other forms to hone their work for submission to a publisher or to ready it for self-publishing.

My approach in all genres is to help writers understand themselves and their lived experiences clearly in relation to the wider world and to push work to be at once courageous, accountable, relationally sophisticated, and alive for both the speaker and readers. I believe that creating honestly and with careful intention can change the world and that everyone is capable of this. 

I support writers fully in maintaining or establishing a clear separation between artistic practice (in which vulnerability is paramount) and professional strategy (in which getting funded, published, or otherwise externally recognized matters) and never allow the latter to be confused with the former in my editorial suggestions. I believe that the question of audience, when considered bravely, deliberately, and from a place of choice­—we choose who we are writing for and what we say to them—can be a powerful guide.

A winner of the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing, I have edited for major presses such as HarperCollins and Penguin Random House as well as acclaimed indie presses such as Bookhug, Caitlin Press, and Brick Books. Manuscripts I have worked on have gone on to win or be shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Trillium Book Award, and LAMBDA awards.

If you are interested in working together on a writing project, please contact me. I do both substantive editing (suggesting in-depth artistic and/or structural changes) and copy-editing (spelling and grammar). I also work as a writing coach (general feedback on short writing samples + phone check-ins).