Editor for Hire
Leslie provides substantial and stylistic editing services. Clients range from publishers and authors to international non-profits and local cultural organizations like The Rooms.
Leslie edits poetry, non-fiction and fiction for a range of publishers. Recent edits include Samuel Martin's A Blessed Snarl, nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and Janet Merlo's No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP.
A member of Editors Canada, Leslie also edits for self-published authors, organizations and businesses. Recently, Leslie edited a 10th anniversary commemorative magazine for The Rooms in St. John's and revised copy for their new website.
Leslie has two decades of communications experience, encompassing issues and crisis management, media relations, strategic planning, event planning and publicity.
She's led communications during high-profile natural and PR disasters; helped large and small organizations develop their profiles; produced brochures, newsletters, presentations and ads to meet strategic needs; written articles across a wide section of topics; conducted media training; and publicized hundreds of successful events.
From 2010-15, she provided communications, writing and editing support to WIEGO, an international network that improves the lives of poor working women through mobilization, research and policy reform. Read some of Leslie's Workers' Lives profiles.
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For many years, Leslie held provincial and national public affairs portfolios for the Canadian Red Cross, managing media relations and communications during high-profile disasters (1998-2005/2008-09). She also coordinated communication for both the University of Winnipeg (1994-1998) and Memorial University (2005-10), and created emergency communications plans for large institutions.