2012 Amprosia – The WCDR Prose Competition

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UPDATE, January 12th: the semi-finalists have been announced!
UPDATE, February 16th: the cover contest winner has been announced!
UPDATE, March 3rd: The shortlist has been announced!
UPDATE, March 16th: Contest winners announced!
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Write 1000 words. Win $1000 dollars.

Amprosia is an open genre, open form prose competition. Open genre means that fiction in all forms (literary, horror, children’s, etc.) and non-fiction (memoir, essays, creative non-fiction, etc.) will compete head to head and word for word. Open form gives writers full licence to experiment. Continue reading “2012 Amprosia – The WCDR Prose Competition”

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Reading as Writers – The WCDR Book Club

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Hello fellow members!

Ever since we (so successfully!) determined what The Book Club Book isn’t, there’s been mounting anxiety over the possibility that THERE ARE NO BOOKS LEFT THAT IT MIGHT BE. Oh no!!

Fear not.

There is one author, one book, left unturned.

And four clues—in the form of tiny excerpts—of what that unturned book is.

Here is the first:

“…the stupid Florida always sun;…”

(And good glory, if you happen to figure out what it is, please keep it to yourself.

It’s supposed to be a secret, remember?)

Yours in cluelessness,

Clue Two:

“…Marie gets into a good-waitress groove…”

Clue Three:

STILL NEED MORE? Okay, how’s this…

“…an old girlfriend…asked him what it was like to be famous.
Like old newspapers blowing down Bleeker Street, he said.”

Clue Four:

“…I killed him myself last Thursday night. He forgot to say his rosary so I stabbed him in the heart with my Smith Corona.”

If you haven’t worked it out, bate your breath and prepare for the unveiling
at the breakfast meeting tomorrow (and directly after the meeting at www.readingaswriters.ca)


(the contest where you only had to be wrong to be right)


All entries will be entered into a draw on October 10th.



Our first response has already been received from (always ahead of every game) Ruth Walker, who guessed that our book club author was NOT Leonard Cohen. (Yay!! confetti, applause!!) While thrilled to be wrong, Ruth is disappointed that we (she) will not be chatting with the man in a famous blue raincoat over a nicely browned breakfast sausage on a snowy morning in December.

“Un autre temps, peut-etre…” she muttered from under a heavy layer of confetti.

A second entry comes from Anonymous, who guessed Conrad Black.
Thank you, Anonymous. You are also correct. Or incorrect. Mr. Black is NOT our first book club author. (But I’m afraid we’ll have to withhold the applause as that one’s a bit obvious isn’t it…. please try to remember the authors must be CANADIAN.)
Jan Wristen submits that our author is NOT Robert Munsch. Well done. (However the only reason he’s not is that we couldn’t find a table big enough to hold all his books.)

Vicki Pinkerton (helllooooo out there, Vicki!!) has correctly guessed that it is NOT Anne Cameron and I for one would like to know why it isn’t. (maybe you can bring her back with you)
Kevin Craig has offered up the possibility that it is NOT Natalie Goldberg, which makes me wonder if Kevin was listening at the meeting when I said that the first author was, in fact, a MAN, or was Kevin just pretending to listen when in fact visions of Kenya were dancing in his head?? (Notice I didn’t have a go at Vicki because she’s travelling and perhaps was on a bumpy road when she read the instructions and missed the man part. So to speak.)
Whoa. Heather O’Connor, you daredevil…! Heather’s guess was Guy Gavriel Kay. Taking quite a chance there. But it’s okay. He’s NOT the one. Bravo!


Tina Collett has entered Tina Collett as the most likely author it ISN’T. And of course she’s right. (But it was close. It was between her and the guy we eventually got.)
Cynthia Englert votes that we are NOT featuring Michael Ignatieff. Absolutely right. (Sorry, I mean, correct.)


Rich Helms is pretty confident it’s not Dan Brown. Well, Rich, let me tell you, it almost was Dan Brown. That honorarium tempted him something awful. He even begged a little when he heard breakfast was included. Sad. But I had to be firm. Danny boy, I said, you’re a Yankee and this book club’s for Canucks; see ya in the funny papers.


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Karen Cole has selected Nino Ricci. Well done, Karen…it’s NOT Nino Ricci. But you’re getting warm. (And I can’t say why.)

A message to Ingrid Ruthig: “For a name unknown/ Whose fame unblown/ Sleeps in the hills/ For ever and aye…” (In other words, you’re absolutely right, it ain’t me, babe, but thanks for the resurrection; xox, Bliss)


rhageYay!! Roxanna Bennett’s got game! Rawi Hage will NOT be here in December. (Not unless he shows up as a guest, or a paying member. And rsvp’s before the 10th.)

Her Excellency, Myrna Marceline, aka Contest Queen, guessed Michael Ondaatje. An elegant answer. Exquisitely wrong.


Kenza Warbuton has brilliantly deduced that we will not be hosting Pierre Berton (this, despite the well known fact that he was a master at recycling himself…)


munsch 03Two more entries for Robert Munsch—this time from Heather Whaley, and Raissa Chernushenko (who, by the way, I think has the best name of all our members). As for Munsch…I’m starting to think we should have tried harder to find a bigger book table…rmunsch 2



Corinne Yurko-Baron wonders if it could possibly NOT be Ken Follett. Yeah, I think you’re safe there, Corinne, given that the criteria is a CANADIAN author, which I think I’ve mentioned once or twice. Britain has actually been a separate colony for some time now, or we have. Either way, isn’t Pillars of the Earth FABULOUS?? And wouldn’t it be great if Ken Follett WAS our author??!

Mona Blaker’s entry for who our author is NOT, is Chuck Norris. Hmmm. Can Chuck Norris even spell N-O-T??


Barb Belliveau
’s guess is Dean Koontz. Good choice insofar as who it ISN’T. But also not Canadian. (Does anyone know any Canadian authors who it might not be???)


Sue Reynolds has submitted Robertson Davies. Now that’s the idea. Sure, he’s dead, but at least he’s CANADIAN. Are we getting how this works??


James Dewar. Also with the program, James has submitted another (albeit no longer with us) CANADIAN author. Thank you, James. Timothy Findley will definitely NOT be our December guest.


And on the theme of authors that are off their twig, kicked the bucket, have joined the bleedin’ choir invisible… and have ceased to be (in the words of Monty Python), Collette Yvonne gives us Stephen Leacock. (Does anyone know any living Canadian authors??)


Speaking of Stephens…a few people (whose names I won’t mention) have guessed our IS NOT author might be Stephen Harper. They have been disqualified.
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Charles DickensFrank Young has been forced to go all the way back to Victorian England for his choice—Charles Dickens—given that all the recently deceased Canadian scribes have been covered. Excuse the choice of words. Well, Frank, logic has paid off. You’re right. Mr. D. will not be making this gig. (Homer anyone??)


TedBarrisHey, Sherry Loeffler! Wouldn’t it be great if your entry (Ted Barris) was actually right (or, in this case, wrong) and he was the author coming in December?? You would no longer be in the running for a prize, but who cares, bells would go off, and sirens too, and a spontaneous parade would erupt around your house!!! (I don’t hear any of that stuff though, do you? That’s because it’s NOT Ted.) Well done!


heightonfarley mowatRuth Walker has sent us Farley Mowat. Not actually the whole man, just the name. Which is plenty, thank you. (Ruth has also sent us Steven Heighton, again not the whole package, though she tried.) Alas, neither Mr. M., nor Mr. H. will be standing next to her in the buffet line. (But take heart, in this contest, that’s good news!)

AMacLeodalistair_macleodKathleen Martin has guessed that Alistair MacLeod will not be attending our December meeting. Bonnie Beldan-Thomson has guessed exactly the same thing. (Am I the only one who finds it a bit strange that BOTH Kathleen and Bonnie are so sure Alistair MacLeod will NOT be available in December… If Kathleen and Bonnie are also NOT at that meeting, I’m starting a rumour.)


kcraigredhillKaren Cole has offered up two more names: Michael Redhill because (she hopes) he lives in France, and Kevin Craig because (she knows) he’ll be in Kenya. (What, you couldn’t think of anyone from the last century??).


sir-edward-bulwer-lyttonThe Writing Fairy, aka Dorothea Helms, entered Bulwer J. Lytton as her choice, then, suddenly and mysteriously and madder than a wet hen glistening in the light of an amorous harvest moon, she withdrew the name, stating with clichéd agitation, a delicate stamp of a perfectly pedicured size six, and wings bent horribly out of shape, “It’ll be a dark and stormy night before we have him as a presenter!”


KOppelErin WaltersErin Thomas has submitted the names Erin Walters and Ken Oppel. This leads me to wonder a couple of things:
1) who is Erin Walters? When I google the name I get a makeup artist named Bruce.
2) and what about Ken Oppel? Does she mean ERIN Oppel?? Or ERIC Oppel?
(Either way, Erin—if in fact that is your real name—none of these is even close.)


twain3“Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.” (Mark Twain) Suggested by Kenza Wharbarton. Thanks Kenza. Fabulous right/wrong choice! (Just realized I’ve been spelling your name wrong; sorry…)


MAtwood 01atwood 02Heather Whaley and Thelma Davidson have both guessed Margaret Atwood, forcing me to return to the Alistair MacLeod theory—if all three of you are not at the December meeting, there will be talk.


Linwood Barclay-1Mary Wilton has entered one of our favourite past guests, Linwood Barclay. (Whatever happened to Linwood? Anyone heard? Is he still writing??)


RonaldWrightBarbara Ponomareff has elevated things by suggesting Ronald Wright, a man possibly too busy penning clever words about important things to rub elbows with the likes of us. (We’ll never know, we didn’t ask him. But if we do, we hope he’ll say yes. For now, he’s a no. So congrats, Barbara!)


Kielburger01Victoria Plaskett has submitted Craig Kielburger. Now wouldn’t that be an interesting time? But no, we’re going to have a different kind of interesting time, Victoria. Very different. Thanks though.


DARichardsKaren Cole (nice to hear from you again, Karen; where have you been all day?) has entered David Adams Richards. Can’t say I’m happy to say (not say?) it ISN’T him, but I’m thrilled to say Karen’s right. Again.


almcsmithBrian Curry has guessed Alexander McCall Smith. Aww, isn’t that just precious?


w smithThanks to Ellen Curry for suggesting Wilbur Smith, who is neither a Canadian nor even a real person (based on what I read once about how he only ever writes one draft of his books and they just happen to come out perfect). So I guess he won’t be here, eh?


coelhoKim Clark has offered up Paulo Coelho. Now there’s an interesting bird. Writes a book a year or something. Also possibly not real.


RobertWiersemaBarbara Hunt has submitted Robert Wiersema. Well, well, well. Fancy that choice. Barbara, do you mean who IS going to be our author? Because if you’re entering Robert Wiersema as who IS going to be our author, you’re absolutely, one hundred percent wrong. But you’re one hundred percent right about who it ISN’T.


vassanjichristian-bok1Ingrid Ruthig, never eunoia-ing, has suggesting Christian Bok; and just for the heck of it, MJ Vassanjii.


bd43bea559_MaeveBinchyShirley Neal has correctly deduced that Maeve Binchy, who has written four books since retiring a few years ago and who is also probably a figment of her own imagination, will therefore not be coming to our wee part of the world any time soon.


munsch_figureDeborah Elsmore has not been reading the other guesses. (I’m only guessing, however, based on her guess being Robert Munsch. Gee, Deborah, I guess you’re only the 19th person to guess that. And guess what? You’re wrong. Congratulations.


Markoosie PatsauqI would like to shake Heather Tucker’s hand for suggesting Markoosie Patsauk, an Inuit writer and one that I’m going to look into as soon as I finish writing responses to who it isn’t (it isn’t Markoosie, by the way). Always wonderful to discover a new name!


mclean_largepquarringtonSherry Hinman has—just under the wire too I might add—submitted three more names:
Paul Quarrington, Stuart McLean and George Elliott Clarke. And because this is the last entry and my brain is fried from thinking about living and dead authors who have nothing to do with our book club, I’m simply reporting it and have zippity doo dah to add. Neither of them are coming, by the way. (Oh, and Sherry also wanted to know WHY Stephen Harper cannot be our author?) Answer: do you really want to be asked to wait outside during question period—at our own breakfast??



Th-Th-That’s all f-f-folks…!
It’s been a slice.
See you (and Dan Brown) in the funny papers.

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Marie-Lynn Hammond

Email address: mlh@marielynnhammond.com
Website (if applicable): www.editors.ca/profile/339/marie-lynn-hammond
Samples of my writing can be found at http://www.marielynnhammond.com/writings.htm
Editing experience: I’ve proofread and copyedited novels, children’s books, YA fiction, nonfiction books, short stories, UN reports, annual reports, screenplays, magazine articles, educational materials, websites, and more; as well I’ve done structural editing on several first novels and some nonfiction books
Courses/training completed: Ryerson’s copyediting course as well as various EAC seminars on a range of topics and skills
Special credentials (if any): I have a BA with distinction in English literature; I taught copyediting in the Seneca@York program
Areas of specialty:
I’ve worked mostly as a copyeditor and proofreader, but I’ve helped several first-time authors with structural editing. I do both fiction and nonfiction but have a special love and talent for fiction, probably because in the past I’ve written plays and screenplays and continue to work as a singer-songwriter. I.e., I’m creative as well as analytical.

The genres I’ve worked on include literary fiction, children’s fantasy fiction, YA fiction, historical fiction, chicklit, biography, autobiography, short stories, poetry, and more. I’ve also worked on a few thrillers and mysteries but don’t consider myself an expert on the genre. My nonfiction copyediting work runs the gamut and includes books on self-help, hockey, Canada’s foreign policy and nature photography, plus a collection of essays by men on relationships and some cookbooks.

I also offer an evaluation service for manuscripts — cheaper than a structural/copyedit and often more appropriate, because if this is the author’s first book or first draft, it’s usually not ready for an edit and needs rewriting. Often too, I’ll end up coaching these writers as they work through the rewrite. A few hours of coaching/consulting with me is sometimes all they need to successfully complete a second or new draft.

I can supply references and testimonials can be found at www.editors.ca/profile/339/marie-lynn-hammond

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Dorothea Helms

Email address: writer@wsws.ca AND fairy@thewritingfairy.com
Website: www.wsws.ca AND www.thewritingfairy.com
Editing Experience: I have been editing since 1994 and have served as editor for dozens of Metroland magazines and newspaper sections, as well as independent magazines. I have edited books, articles, advertorials, ad copy and media materials for numerous individual clients. I am a blue-pencil editor for both the OWC and WCDR.
Courses/training completed: I have taken several workshops through EAC, WCDR and PWAC, completed the Creative Writing course at Durham College (which I now teach) and took one writing course at Trent University.
Special Credentials: Because of the length and breadth of my newspaper/magazine editing for publications that involve writing to deadline, I am able to complete editing jobs quickly and accurately. I have served as a judge for national and international writing contests, which takes an editor’s eye, and during my Durham College course, I teach writers to self edit. I also teach a one-day workshop for corporations called “Grammarama” that covers grammar mistakes often made in business correspondence and how to avoid them.
Areas of specialty: Magazine, newspaper, nonfiction, fiction, humour (which takes a different kind of editing from traditional writing).

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Sherry Hinman

Email address: info@thewriteangle.ca
Website: www.thewriteangle.ca
Editing experience:

  • Full-time freelance editor/writer since 2002
  • For individual authors: Manuscript evaluation, substantive (content) editing, stylistic editing, and copy editing of book manuscripts (fiction/non-fiction), theses, academic papers
  • For corporate clients: Developmental editing, substantive (content) editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, proofreading of websites, technical manuals, newsletters, textbooks, professional journals, and more
  • Clients include Canadian Red Cross, American Red Cross, Rogers Publishing, Elsevier Health Sciences, Alzheimer Society, College of Dietitians of Ontario, College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, Humber College; past editor of Metroland York Region: Career Choices, Today’s Healthcare Careers, Get Connected, and Canadian Colleges Rock magazines.
  • Teach workshops on various editing topics; creative writing instructor at Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centres; professor in Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at Durham College

Courses/training completed: BA Honours (Linguistics), McGill University; BSc and MSc (Speech-Language Pathology), University of Montreal; Editing Certificate, George Brown College; Continuing Education: various editing courses through Editors’ Association of Canada
Special credentials: Certified Professional Editor (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor), Editors’ Association of Canada
Areas of specialty: Stylistic and copy editing; healthcare, both technical and consumer; edit all types of writing except poetry. Testimonials available on my website; references available on request

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Chi Lan

Email address: worddoctor@wordcure.com
Website (if applicable): www.wordcure.com
Editing experience: Have edited for a diverse client base, including: writers (requiring manuscript evaluation); ad agencies; government agencies; technology companies; pharmaceutical companies; not-for-profit associations; companies with products going to market
Courses/training completed: B.A. (English and French literature—Joint Honours); B.Ed. (TESL)
Areas of specialty: copy editing; proofreading; stylistic editing; substantive editing; plain language writing/re-writing; translation—English to French and French to English; consulting and manuscript evaluation.

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Annette McLeod

Email address: annettemcleod@rogers.com

Website: www.mcleodwrites.com

Editing experience: Recently converted to freelance after 20+ years on staff at The Toronto Sun. Former National Automotive Editor for Sun Media, including Sun newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton, London, Ottawa, and Toronto, 24 Hours commuter dailies in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, plus www.autonet.ca and www.canoe.ca. Former editor of New Homes & Condos, car section (variously called “Drive”, “DriverSource”, “Autonet”) and Career Connection weekly sections, plus annual Canadian International AutoShow, Small Business Week, New Car Preview, gift guides and more, plus one-offs numbering in the hundreds. Editor of The Healthy Business: Shape Up, Survive and Thrive (available at www.rosalyncronin.com). Former editor of the WCDR’s Word Weaver newsletter (2002/2003, archives available through this website).

Courses/training completed: Copy editing, Ryerson Polytechnic University

Special credentials: Past-president of WCDR; 2008 runner-up for Journalist of the Year, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada; contest-winning short-story writer; designed and desktop published WCDR anthology Signatures; produced playwright; studied graphic design and screenwriting at George Brown College; blue-pencil editor and facilitator, Ontario Writers’ Conference (www.thewritersconference.com); served as reader for WCDR short-fiction and non-fiction contests.

Areas of specialty (eg., type of service provided, genre, etc): Copy, stylistic and substantive editing in any non-technical area, fiction or non-fiction (no poetry); story editing for screenwriters and playwrights; manuscript evaluation, especially commercial/genre fiction and creative non-fiction. Can provide feedback on contest entries, having won, been short-listed or received honourable mention in every contest I’ve entered except for one. Strong background in feature editing for print.

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Alethea Spiridon Hopson

Email address: becreative@rogers.com
Website: www.freelanceeditor.ca

Editing Experience: Before striking out on my own, I was employed full time as a fiction editor for Harlequin where I acquired and edited manuscripts for almost seven years. I am highly practiced in works of fiction, children’s books, technical and educational material, and non-fiction. I’ve worked with many writers who have pursued self-publishing and I understand the needs of writers looking to self-publish. I have experience (and am quite accomplished) at substantively editing business books, works of fiction and non-fiction, and managing/developing magazines and newsletters (writing, editing, managing staff, developing editorial content and calendars). I have extensive experience as an editorial project manager: I managed a Canadian health and wellness magazine (Life Peak) for two and a half years, and edited a 16-page newsmagazine for veterinarians published by Elsevier Canada.

Courses/training completed:

  • Bachelor of Arts, 4-year Degree, English Language and Literature from University of Saskatchewan
  • Creative Writing Certificate from Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts
  • Book and Magazine Publishing Certificate (Honours) from Centennial College

Special credentials: I was nominated for a RITA award for a novella I edited, and started and ran the Toronto Fiction Writers Group for two years; member of PLAIN, WCDR, and Editors’ Association of Canada.

Areas of specialty: Manuscript evaluations, substantive edits, stylistic edits, proofreading, writing coach.

Manuscript evaluations are my forte; I have literally done hundreds of them. The feedback I provide has properly shaped many people’s books. I offer honest and usable advice that writers can implement to improve their overall story.

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Erin Thomas

Email Address: erin@erinthomas.ca
Website: www.erinthomas.ca
Editing experience:
In recent years, I have provided full-length manuscript critiques only to selected writers. This is the first time that I am offering the service on a wider basis.

  • Long-time member of local critique group Critical Ms.
  • Long-time member of Writing for Children workshop held at Mabel’s Fables in Toronto (intensive critique group run through George Brown College, led by Peter Carver, Children’s Editor of Red Deer Press)
  • Blue Pencil editor with WCDR
  • Muskoka Novel Marathon second-round editor, 2010
  • WCDR Wicked Words contest judge, first round, 2010
  • WCDR Wild Words contest judge, second round, 2011
  • Years of experience as a professional non-fiction editor in the software industry
  • Freelance editor and proofreader for ITOntario magazine and the National Ballet School newsletter

Courses/training completed:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours English, McMaster University
  • Bachelor of Education, York University
  • Editing Certificate, George Brown College
    • (Key Courses: Copy Editing, Substantive Editing, Production Editing)
  • Technical Writing Certificate, George Brown College
    • (Key Courses: Technical Writing I and II, Applied Psychology of Technical Communication)
  • Creative Writing Certificate, George Brown College
    • (Key Courses: Writing for Children I and II, Expressive Writing I and II, Romance Writing, Writing for Magazines, Short Story Writing I and II)

Special credentials:

  • Successful applicant to Nova Scotia writing retreat/workshop run by Peter Carver and children’s writer Kathy Stinson, 2009 and 2010
  • CANSCAIP executive member
  • Ontario Arts Council Writer’s Works in Progress Grant Recipient, 2011
  • Helped create guidelines for writing hi-low books used by Ted Staunton as part of CODE Canada’s workshops for writers in Ethiopia

Areas of specialty (type of service provided, genre, etc):
I am available to critique a limited number of children’s and young adult manuscripts per year.

You will receive in-depth substantive feedback in the form of a written letter, broken down into focus areas such as plot, character and pacing, according to your manuscript’s needs. You will also receive typed comments throughout your manuscript and explanations to go with the suggested changes. Completed manuscripts and serious writers only, please. I will not be harsh, but I will give you an in-depth critique of your work. You must be able to take feedback. Query with five sample pages so I can determine whether I will be able to help you with your manuscript.

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Christina Vasilevski

Email address: christina@105creations.com
Website: www.105creations.com

Editing experience: I work on a daily basis as a proofreader for a company that publishes health information online – this means that I format articles to make sure that they conform to house style before they are published online.

I am also a Blue Pencil feedback provider for the WCDR, and have experience judging short stories for competitions; I was a first-tier judge for “Wild Words” (the second annual WCDR short story contest) and was one of two judges for a short story contest run by the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre.

Courses/training completed:

Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies and International Development Studies, Trent University (2007)

Certificate in Publishing, Chang School for Continuing Education, Ryerson University (2011); completed courses include:

  • Copy editing
  • Substantive editing
  • Fiction editing
  • Proofreading
  • Book design
  • Book production
  • Electronic publishing

Special credentials: I am a member of both the WCDR and the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC).

Areas of specialty:
Services provided:

  • Manuscript evaluation
  • Substantive editing
  • Copy editing
  • Stylistic editing

Types of writing accepted:

  • Short- and long-form fiction
  • Short- and long-form non-fiction
  • Magazine articles
  • Blog posts

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Ruth E. Walker

Email address: walkwrite@sympatico.ca; info@writescape.ca
Website: http://ruthewalker.wordpress.com; www.writescape.ca

Editing experience: Ten years (2000 to present) with the provincial government as a Writer/Editor, the last 5 years as a Senior Writer/Editor in Communications Branch; Seven years (1999 to 2007) on the editorial board of a Canadian literary journal, LICHEN Arts & Letters Preview, edited and published fiction and poetry; editor for WCDR anthologies: “Signatures” in 2002; “Wild Words” in 2010; Blue Pencil editor for 2010 and 2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference; Blue Pencil Editor for WCDR as required. Twelve years (1998 to present) freelance editing, working with and mentoring Canadian and U.S. writers who are developing their manuscripts to submission standards; private feedback sessions and editorial services as a partner in Writescape, working with Canadian and U.S. clients.

Courses/training completed: BA (2008) English major/ Cultural Studies minor, Trent University; Certificate (2002) in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers

Special credentials: Member (2011) Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs; Member since 1996 The Writers’ Community of Durham Region; Member since 2001 Canadian Federation of Poets; long time member of intense critique group for fiction and non-fiction published authors, Critical Ms.

Areas of specialty: Especially enjoy working with new and developing writers; editing and feedback for fiction and creative non-fiction is a particular strength; experienced with copy editing and proofreading.

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Cathy Witlox

Email address: cathy@wordwitlox.com
Website: www.wordwitlox.com
Editing experience: I was a full-time copy editor at Harlequin Books for 6.5 years and have worked as a freelance editor since 2004, specializing in stylistic editing and copy editing. In my freelance career, my clients have included Harlequin, HarperCollins, Nelson Education, Elsevier, OLG, Rogers Publishing, and University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. My experience (and training) also includes substantive editing, manuscript evaluation, and proofreading, but I have chosen to specialize in stylistic and copy editing.
Courses/training completed: Post-graduate diploma, Book and Magazine Publishing, Centennial College (1998); B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Western Ontario (1997); several courses through the Editors’ Association of Canada, including Eight-Step Editing, Practical Grammar, and Copyright for New Media.
Special credentials: I teach Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports in Ryerson’s publishing program and an advanced grammar course (The Writer’s Handbook) at U of T School of Continuing Studies.
Areas of specialty: Copy editing, stylistic editing.

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