Freelance editor

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.

To help you decide if I’m the right editor for you, I’ll give you a free sample of my work. Send me about 10 pages of 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.

What my clients say?

“In the world of sales, the best kind of scenario is when there is a win/win situation. 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, Business Development Manager, Carle Publishing. Visit:

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

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

“He's edited my novel and made it all that much better and at the same time helped me become better. Really amazing at editing,” Davis Orser, novelist. Visit:

Work Experience

Writing coach

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

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. 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

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.