Coming Up April 13: Authors Talk Editing

Editors, of course, would not exist without writers. At Editors Kingston, we’ve decided it’s time to hear from the other side of the editorial conversation.

This month, we move our meeting venue to the Tett Centre Rehearsal Hall in order to host a panel of eminent Kingston-area authors — Shelley Tanaka, Melanie Dugan, and Ian Coutts — sharing their experiences with editing.The three writers represent a wide range of genres, subjects, and styles, so the discussion should be fascinating!

Shelley Tanaka has written more than twenty books for young people, including Nobody Knows (G

Shelley Tanaka

roundwood, 2012), Amelia Earhart: Legend of the Lost Aviator (Abrams2008), which won the Orbis Pictus award for outstanding nonfiction for children, and Mummies: The Newest, Coolest & Creepiest (Abrams, 2005). She has also edited dozens of children’s books (she has been fiction editor at Groundwood books for several decades). She teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Check out Shelley’s other books and the impressive list of awards they have won on her Writers Union of Canada profile page. Shelley is also a member of Kingston Wired Writers.

Melanie Dugan is the author of four novels, including one, Revising Romance (

Melanie Dugan (Photo by Chris Miner)

Sumach, 2004) that has an editor as its protagonist! The others are Bee Summers (Upstart, 2014), Dead Beautiful (Upstart, 2012) and Sometime Daughter (Second Story, 2002). Her writing has appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard and Toronto Life. Her short story “A Map of the Human Heart” was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award.

Don’t miss Melanie’s blog on Goodreads; it includes some fascinating discussion of her writing process.

Ian Coutts’s newest book describes his adventures brewing beer from scratch, including

Ian Coutts

Ian Coutts

growing the hops and barley, capturing the yeast and malting the grain himself. The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer (Greystone, 2014) was the logical follow-up to Brew North (Greystone, 2010), an illustrated history of beer in Canada that was shortlisted for a World Gourmand Award. Ian has also authored and co-authored a number of other nonfiction books, including Titanic: The Last Great Images (Running, 2008, with Dr. Robert Ballard). He provides coaching services for other writers, and has led workshops for Editors Canada on creating book proposals.

Read more about Ian on the website of his company, Coutts & King.

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, April 13

7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Tett Centre, Rehearsal Hall, 370 King Street West, Kingston (map) (fully accessible)

Free for Editors Canada members

$10 for non-members

Cash bar

Bring a friend!

Coming in May: Stylistic Editing Workshop

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