Towards Your Best Version: Working with an Editor

When: Tue, May 31, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4
Cost: $15 or free for members

Please join us to hear writer-in-residence and award-winning editor Melanie Little in conversation with Robyn So, editor of the recent national bestseller and Canada Reads finalist Scarborough.

Melanie and Robyn will draw on their three-plus decades of combined editing experience to answer your questions about working with editors, whether as part of the publication process or in the earlier stages of your writing projects.

We’ll talk about what to expect from your editor(s), how to be a good collaborator while respecting your own vision, and how and when both sides must let go.

Portrait of C.E. Gatchalian

Melanie Little is an award-winning author and editor of fiction and non-fiction. Her debut collection of stories, Confidence, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and selected as a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Her historical novel-in-verse for young adults, The Apprentice’s Masterpiece, was a Canadian Library Association Honour Book, a gold medalist at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and a White Raven selection for the International Youth Library in Munich.

She is currently finishing a novel that draws on her experiences as an editor, and is writing her second collection of short stories.

Robyn So

Robyn So is a professional structural editor certified by Editors Canada. She provided structural, stylistic, and copy editing for Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, a novel that was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads 2022 Shortlist and as a Globe and Mail 100 Best Book of 2017. The film adaptation has won eight Canadian Film Awards.

Robyn has assessed and shaped many fiction manuscripts from a big picture perspective. She also edits line by line and word by word to create a manuscript that communicates the author’s intention.