Freelance editor

160 Saunders Street,

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 1N3

506 459-2552

forrestorser@gmail.com


How do you know if I’m the right editor for you?

Let’s start with a free sample of my work. Give me about 10 pages of something you’ve written, something you would like to have edited. I’ll edit it for free. If you’re happy with my suggestions, we can discuss working together.

As a daily 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 was a newspaper editor for more than 30 years. 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.

I have worked with The Canadian Press, Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association styles guides.

To show you some of my own writing, I’ve included my published poems and short stories at the top left of this page. “Wild Horses on an Island” is my favourite.

Work Experience

Writing coach

April and October 2016, July 2017, March 2018 – Presented four series of workshops to help residents of Fredericton’s homeless shelters to write their life stories.

Freelance editor

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

Newspaper editor

The Daily Gleaner, 1979-2011 – Successively, provincial editor, special projects editor and business editor.

Reporter

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.

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, who 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.

Affiliations

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick

Fredericton Arts Alliance

Education

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.