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Training and experience.

The short story is that I turned to editing in 2004.  I started with a copy-editing course, and gradually completed the Certificate in Publishing from Metropolitan Toronto University.  

I've edited about 25 titles for indie authors (developmental and line editing) and copy edited about 50 books for university presses.

These authors have published with trade publishers like HarperCollins and Jessica Kingsley,  small presses like Woodpecker Lane, self-publishing companies like Friesen, and companies launched by the writers themselves.

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Degrees and certificates.

  • Certificate in Publishing, Metropolitan Toronto University. Courses completed: trade publishing; educational publishing; grammar; copy editing for books, journals, and reports; substantive and stylistic editing; production; scholarly publishing     

  • Developmental Editing: Book-Length Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. With Barbara Sjoholm, Author-Editor Clinic, Seattle

  • MA, English, Queen’s University

  • Bachelor of Education, Queen’s University

  • BA, English and History, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Sampler of recent training (since 2019)

  • Memoir Bootcamp. Three-week intensive with Allison K Williams, hosted by Jane Friedman

  • Research Agents and Publishers Like a Pro. Webinar with Jane Friedman

  • What’s Wrong with History and Biography? Webinar with Charlotte Gray, Ken Whyte (publisher, Sutherland House), and Dan Wells (publisher, Biblioasis). Hosted by the Creative Nonfiction Collective

  • Land a Book Deal with a Better Table of Contents. Webinar with Jennie Nash

  • Preparing to Publish: Making the Right Choice. Webinar, Writers’ Union of Canada

  • Editing Memoir. Webinar, Editorial Freelancers Association

  • Line Editing: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. Two 4-week courses, with Christina Frey, Editorial Freelancers Association

  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, Portland, Oregon

  • The Art of Feedback. Webinar with Christina Frey, Editorial Freelancers Association

  • Sentences with Style. Webinar with Frances Peck, Editors Canada

Courses I teach

I'm an instructor for the online Editing Certificate Program at Simon Fraser University.  I teach

EDIT330:  Structural Editing

EDIT320:  Stylistic Editing

EDIT 110:  Introduction to Editing

I revised the structural editing course in 2021, and in the process I immersed myself in readings and videos about developmental editing.

From 2014 to 2020 I taught WRIT 265: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts, at Queen’s University. I developed this 12-week course with Maureen Garvie.

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