Freelance editor

I’m going to leave this page up for a while, but I am no longer looking for new clients.

I’ve decided to concentrate on my own writing. 

You can read all my published stories and poems by clicking the "My published stories and poems" link in the sidebar to your left.

160 Saunders Street,

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada  E3B 1N3

506 459-2552

Are you looking for an experienced editor?

I was a daily newspaper editor for more than 30 years. I’m also a published poet and short story writer. 

As a newspaper editor and now as a freelance editor, I’ve worked with many writers. I enjoy helping them make their writing the best it can be. I’d be happy to do the same for you.

What my clients say

“Forrest is a meticulous and skilful editor. You feel confident to send your work out into the world once he’s worked with you,” Mary Mesheau. Her latest murder mystery is “The Body in the Barrel.” Visit:

“This arrangement is a win/win! You have a nice little side-hustle doing something that you are very good at and Carle Publishing has the peace of mind of knowing their magazines are being edited by a professional. Win/win!“ Keith Keane, former Business Development Manager, Tulip Media Group. Visit: 

“Forrest does a thorough, professional job. And he's prompt,” Richard Toth, novelist. 

 “He's edited three of my novels. It's a pleasure to see the before and after difference,” Chuck Bowie, novelist. Visit:

Work Experience

Freelance editor

July 2011 to present – Edited novels, non-fiction books, PhD dissertations, scholarly papers and magazine articles.

Writing coach

April 2016  to August 2017 – Presented workshops to help residents of Fredericton’s homeless shelters write about their lives. 

Newspaper editor

The Daily Gleaner, 1979-2011 – Successively, provincial editor, special projects editor and business editor. I edited material about a wide range of topics, including gardening, town council meetings, books, religion, travel, real estate, entertainment, business, and the provincial legislature and politics.


The Daily Gleaner, 1978-1979 – Successively covered courts, police and fire departments, city hall, the legislature and politics, including the 1978 provincial election.

Volunteer work

Chair of the Yoho Lake Association communications committee and editor of the association newsletter – August 2013 to August 2017. I’ve included copies of the newsletters in the bar on the left side of this page. 

Member of the communications committee of the New Brunswick SPCA – May 2013 to June 2014.

In 2012, as a member of the board of the New Brunswick Residence Co-operative, which was trying to rekindle interest in co-operative student accommodation in Fredericton, I pitched stories to the news editors of the student newspapers The Aquinian and The Brunswickan; they both assigned stories. The Brunswickan story was noticed by the CBC and the co-op vice-president was interviewed by Terry Seguin on radio for Information Morning and on TV for New Brunswick First.

Secretary-treasurer of the Fredericton Typographical Union, the union at The Daily Gleaner – 2002 – 2011.


Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick

The League of Canadian Poets 

Fredericton Arts Alliance


Bachelor of Arts degree – major in political science, 1974, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

Special interest

I own a small woodlot where I am building a one-room cabin with lumber I have recycled.