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Editor's Perspective

Mar. 30, 2023 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Editors are at the center of the writing world, fielding submissions, acquiring exciting new books, running magazines and newspapers, or working freelance to improve and develop texts. Many are also writers and educators involved in the literary community.  This session is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with four professional editors at various stages of their careers to better understand the editorial process, the work editors do, how to approach an editor as an author, or how to become one.
Join us on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. at EM302, Emmanuel College Building


Aaliyah Dasoo is an assistant editor at The Logic, where she oversees fact-checking and copy editing. She was most recently an editorial fellow at The Walrus. She is a TMU alumni and a recipient of the Media Girlfriends Scholarship as well as the John A. Honderich Gold Medal in Journalism. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and MailChatelaineCanadian Business and Bitch

Bethany Gibson has been an editor and writing mentor for more than 25 years. She has worked as an assistant with The McDermid Agency (now CookeMcDermid), and as sole proprietor of The Literary Consultancy Canada. Currently she is a partner with Narrative Agency and, since 2006, fiction editor with Goose Lane Editions. In 2020 Bethany created The Scales Project, an online conversation in art about the ecological and climate crisis. 

With a career that spans marketing, management, and editorial strategy, Jessica Johnson has held senior editorial roles at a number of Canadian magazines and newspapers. From 2017-2023 she was editor-in-chief of The Walrus. Jessica has also worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper and was the books editor at Saturday Night magazine. An award-winning writer, she’s contributed to a wide range of North American publications, including the LuckyElle, and The New Republic. From 2009-2015, she was the head copywriter behind the rebranding of Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s historic department store.  In 2019, she co-founded “#MeToo and the Media”, a new class in Book and Media Studies at the University of Toronto, with journalist Anne Kingston. Jessica has previously served on the boards of the National Magazine Awards and Magazines Canada, and is a frequent public speaker and mentor on writing and editing. 

Pia Singhal is an acquiring editor with ECW Press, where she's working on building a full list of both fiction and non-fiction. Her particular interest is in stories that humanize diverse characters by centralizing their universal experiences around relationships and self-discovery. Her belief is that reading is one of our best tools to build empathy, and these stories in particular have tremendous potential to do that. Prior to joining ECW, she worked at Westwood Creative Artists Ltd., and at everyone's favourite indie, Type Books. She strongly recommends the following reads: The Seas by Samantha Hunt, and Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall. Currently, she's in search of the perfect gothic horror novel.