“Reproduction”: The Making of a Giller Winner

Join us for a lively summer conversation between author Ian Williams and his editor Anne Collins.  To close out the 2020–21 season, Editors Toronto and Canadian Authors–Toronto are joining forces to bring back our popular series showcasing award-winning authors in conversation with their exceptional editors. On Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 pm, our Zoom program … Continue reading “Reproduction”: The Making of a Giller Winner

Editing as Care Work

By Alison Dowsett—As a freelance editor, it’s easy to fall prey to the fate of many freelancers across industries: the fate of over-delivery. Recently, I was telling my partner about an unconscious decision I made that resulted in significant scope creep. It happened while I was working with an independent author. I was reading the third story in ...

Tips from Across the Table: An Author-Editor Roundtable

The relationship between an author and their editor is something that can powerfully influence a piece of writing. Our next program, Tips from Across the Table: An Author-Editor Roundtable on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 pm, will open the door to fostering the best possible works and, ideally, getting them onto the bestseller’s list. This … Continue reading Tips from Across the Table: An Author-Editor Roundtable

Beyond Editing: From Medical Editor to Graphic Novelist

by Indu Singh and Ann Nam-Tran Le Editors Canada member Dr. Paul Ling certainly has taken the road less travelled. After a successful career in medicine as a surgeon and clinical professor, Dr. Ling detoured into health science editing, and then following his passion for nineteenth-century gothic adventures, took a turn into the world of art … Continue reading Beyond Editing: From Medical Editor to Graphic Novelist

Prize-winner learns value of mentors

by Deborah Joy Innes I was the very lucky winner of two (yes, two!) raffle prizes at the Editors Toronto meeting in September. The first was the book The New Vine by author Robert Marrone. There were two authors present that night (Robert Marrone and Trevor Cole), along with their editors, speaking about the author-editor … Continue reading Prize-winner learns value of mentors

An evening with Michael Redhill and Martha Kanya-Forstner

by Joanne Haskins Editors Toronto hosted a special branch meeting in January, when acclaimed author Michael Redhill took the stage with his editor, Martha Kanya-Forstner, to discuss the writing and editing of Bellevue Square, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner. Redhill’s novels include Consolation (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and Martin Sloane (a finalist … Continue reading An evening with Michael Redhill and Martha Kanya-Forstner

Ask Aunt Elizabeth: The authors I work with see me as the enemy

By Elizabeth d’Anjou Looking for advice on editing the editing life? Whether you’re a beginner looking for tips on starting out or an old hand looking for another perspective, veteran editor Aunt Elizabeth is ready to address your queries. Submit them to [email protected]—you may find the answers you are looking for in next month’s column. (1) … Continue reading Ask Aunt Elizabeth: The authors I work with see me as the enemy

How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”

By Judy Ann Crawford People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.—Anna Quindlen So it’s time to write the thing. Topic? Check. There it is, typed out at the top of the page, a vast whiteness beneath it that you are trying not to focus on. Coffee? Of … Continue reading How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”