Valerie is author of the novel Tide Road, a finalist for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and a Best Book of the Year (Telegraph-Journal). Her short fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, and many other publications. She has worked as an independent editor, mentor, and workshop leader since 2005.
As an editor, and in designing workshops, I strive to support the writer’s deftness, fluency, and sense of play—to facilitate the ability to write both intuitively and with control.
Bethany has been an editor and writing mentor for more than 25 years. She has worked as an assistant with The McDermid Agency (now CookeMcDermid), and as sole proprietor of The Literary Consultancy Canada. Currently she is a partner with Narrative Agency and, since 2006, fiction editor with Goose Lane Editions. In 2020 Bethany created The Scales Project, an online conversation in art about the ecological and climate crisis.
I consider editing and working with writers to be a great privilege, and a vocation. I aim to inhabit a piece of writing, to give its author a thorough and inspiring sense of what it is on the page and what it could yet be.