I’ve been an editor and writer since 1989.
For 5 years, I was managing editor of the Catholic Worker, a progressive New York newspaper with a circulation of 90,000. I worked with a variety of authors, who wrote on topics ranging from labour history to biogenetics to analysis of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. I also wrote extensively for the paper myself. These years of writing, editing, and being edited taught me how to discern and clarify the trajectory of an argument while keeping an author’s voice intact. I also learned the importance of an engaged and supportive relationship with the author. And, I discovered that attention to detail is key throughout the process of writing and editing, whether in honing an argument, tweaking an unruly sentence, proofreading the final draft, or designing layout.
As a freelance editor in Toronto, I’ve worked for a variety of consultants (including Privacy in Design and Argonauta Consulting), non-profit organizations (such as LEAF, Citizens for Public Justice, and Across Boundaries), institutions (including the Anglican Church of Canada), publishing houses (including HarperCollins and Women’s Press), academics, and private clients. I’ve also edited or proofread over 25 academic legal texts, essay collections, and practitioner’s guides for the publisher Irwin Law.
My first book, published by Dundurn in 2013, was on the Globe and Mail bestseller list. It was the 2014 Nonfiction Runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Finalist in the 2013 (US) National Jewish Book Awards. I’ve also written several feature articles for Embassy, Canada’s foreign policy weekly. I’m a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada.
I have a Masters degree from the University of Sussex (UK) in the Anthropology of Conflict, Violence, and Conciliation, awarded with distinction.
I honed my editing skills through Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing, and was awarded the Marsh Jeanneret Memorial Award for excellence.
I trained as a lawyer in the United Kingdom, completing my LL.B. (1986) and the Law Society’s professional examinations.