Canadian Authors Association -- Writers Helping Writers -- Toronto Branch

Writer and Editor in Residence

Exclusive to CAA Members

Do you have a manuscript that needs polishing? Or words that need massaging?

The Canadian Authors Association Toronto Branch Writer and Editor in Residence program is back. This time there are two experts to help you evaluate or edit your manuscript, answer your burning writing or marketing questions or help you with your synopsis or query letter. Jake Hogeterp is the Editor in Residence, and Sharon Crawford returns as Writer/Editor in Residence. The program is open to Canadian Authors Association members across Canada.

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Submission Criteria

Submit up to 30 pages of fiction (novel chapter, short story) and non-fiction (book chapter, personal essay, feature article, book review, or one poem, query letter or book synopsis). Submissions are to be double-spaced; 12 pt. Times New Roman in Word 97-2003 attachments. But first submit a one- or two-page sample with information on what you require. This gives us an idea how we can best help you.

After we've edited or evaluated your work, you can re-submit the same manuscript once after you rework it, but if time constraints become an issue, new submissions will take priority over re-submitted work. New fees will apply for re-submitted work. Submissions are limited to one-at-a-time per author. Electronic submissions are preferred, but those with no e-mail or computer can send typewritten submissions by regular mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to Sharon or Jake. Call first, to make arrangements.

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Sharon Crawford Bio


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Sharon does manuscript evaluations, copyediting, proofreading, book synopses, query letters, and consulting (including marketing suggestions). Her subject areas include: novels and short stories (mystery, science fiction, romance, literary), memoirs, self-help, spiritual, health care, and business books; personal essays, feature articles, query letters (to publishers and periodicals) and book synopses. She has copy edited Brain Injury by Alan J. Cooper (Toronto, White Knight Books, 2006), Ego's Way by Neil Goldhar (New York, Morgan James Publishing, 2007) and The Red Manor by Rene Natan (Publish America, 2008).

Sharon Crawford was CAA Toronto's Writer-in-Residence (2001-2003). She has 18 years editing experience and over 25 years freelancing articles for periodicals (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, CheckUP, An editing client placed third in Toronto Star's Short Story Contest (2007). She taught copyediting at George Brown, teaches writing workshops, belongs to the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC). Sharon is currently writing a memoir and runs the East End Writers' Group. More information at her website

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Jake Hogeterp Bio


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Jake does copy and stylistic editing. He has worked on promotional materials, academic works and most recently, two short-story collections and a novel. The short-story volumes (Fringe Dwellers and Changing Ways) were recently published by Hidden Brook Press ( Toronto Branch member, Shane Joseph, is the author of Fringe Dwellers. Changing Ways is an anthology of works by Eastern Ontario writers. Jake is currently completing his own novel and is deeply immersed in the process of being certified by the Editors' Association of Canada.


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Updated: May 2, 2017