Writers for Hire

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador encourages the recognition of the professional status of writers. As the provincial literary sector organization, WANL works to enhance and protect the rights of our writers and has identified the right to be fairly compensated for their work as a high priority for our members.

Writers must be paid for their services, including readings, manuscript evaluations, proposal writing, editing, school visits, etc (funding for some of these activities, such as school visits, may be available through sources such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and school boards).

Actual fees for services should be negotiated with the writer; this directory is intended only to provide information. We encourage you to consider hiring writers to address your writing and related needs.

Writers are listed alphabetically by last name.

Sharon Bala

St. John’s


Phone: 709 237 0947

Email: sharon.bala@gmail.com

Available for: manuscript evaluation, editorial advice, article and essay writing

Categories: novels, short fiction, non-fiction

Biography: Sharon Bala’s debut novel, The Boat People – the story of a refugee’s desperate bid for freedom – is forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday US (January 2018). The manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short-listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015).

Sharon spends an ungodly number of hours writing stories and would be pleased to have a look at one of yours. Her feedback is kind but, more importantly, constructive, insightful, and thorough. And yes, she has done this many times before and will happily provide referrals.

Sharon is a member of the Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. In 2015 they released a collection of stories called Racket, published by Breakwater Books. Somewhere in her basement are two expensive pieces of paper: an MA in History from the University of Toronto and a BAH in Psychology and History from Queen’s University.

Selected Awards: Three NL Arts & Letters Awards for short fiction (2012, 2013, 2015), Percy Janes First Novel Award (2015).

Selected Publications: short fiction in: The Journey Prize Stories 29, Hazlitt, Grain, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, The Newfoundland Quarterly (online), The Dalhousie Review, Room, Riddle Fence, and Racket (Breakwater Books, 2015); non-fiction in: The Globe & Mail, Atlantic Books Today, and Freelance, the newsletter of the SK Writers’ Guild.

Emily Buck

St. John’s

Email: emilygbuck2@gmail.com

Phone: 709-746-8821

Available for: Manuscript Evaluation, Proofreading, Editorial Services, Writing Marketing Materials, Article and Essay Writing, Manuscript/Short-Story Feedback, Web Content/Social Media Writing and Curation, Free-lance Writing

Categories: Novels (All Genres), Fiction (Adult, YA, Children), Short Fiction, Non-Fiction, Journalism, Academic Writing, Marketing and Promotional Materials

Biography: Emily Buck is a St. John’s based author and poet. Her passion for writing developed in her early teens, but her fantastical YA series, The Legacy of Lords, sparked her true love for writing. She is currently in her fourth year of her Bachelor of Business Commerce at Memorial University, and her past two work terms have been with Seafair Capital as a Marketing and Communications Assistant. During her time at Memorial, Emily has taken multiple creative writing courses. Her combined knowledge in marketing and writing has proved beneficial in her writing career.

Emily has spent years perfecting her vast, fantastical world within The Legacy of Lords. Her book has been professionally edited by local editor, Dawn Roche. Over the past few months, Emily finally began searching for a literary agent to represent her series.

Emily’s currently busy editing and revising the second book in the young adult fantasy trilogy and is developing a storyboard for the final instalment. Emily’s also actively working on multiple side projects, including half a dozen short stories and poems she just can’t seem to put down.

Selected Publications: Truth: A Poem (Dissonance Magazine, 2017)

Paul Butler

Lethbridge, Alberta, and Corner Book, Newfoundland


Phone: (403) 915-7685

E-mail: paul.butler@nl.rogers.com

Available for: Writing Workshop Design and Facilitation, Editing/Copy-Editing, Readings and Talks, School Visits, Manuscript Evaluation, Writing Tutorials, and Curriculum Writing.
Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Journalism, Book Reviews, Curriculum, Educational Workbooks, Screenwriting.

Biography: Butler is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which is The Good Doctor (2014, Pennywell). His next scheduled novel, The Widow’s Fire, is an exploration of the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion. This has been accepted by Inanna Publications (York University, Toronto). Butler’s work has appeared on the judges’ lists of Canada Reads, the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards shortlists, and he was on the Relit Longlist for three consecutive years. Between 2003 and 2008 he won in the annual Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards four times and was subsequently invited to be first literary representative and then chair on the Arts and Letters committee.

Butler has written extensively for Canada’s History over the years, writing a number of features and cover stories. His book reviews frequently appeared in the Globe and Mail. As a writing workshop leader and mentor he has worked through the Division of Lifelong learning at Memorial University (St. John’s), the English Department at Memorial, Community Education (Grenfell Campus), The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (Mentorship Program), and he was invited to present on his 2006 novel NaGeira and run workshops on time-shifts and layered narratives for the Canadian Authors’ Association in Toronto. His roster of clients includes several prize-winning novelists who continue to use his services on a regular basis.

Selected Awards: Four Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, 2008, 2006, 2004, and 2003. Longlisted for the Relit Awards three years running, 2009 with 1892, 2010 with Hero, and 2011 with Cupids.

Selected Publications: The Widow’s Fire (Inanna, upcoming 2017), The Good Doctor (2014, Flanker) Cupids (Flanker, 2011), Hero (Nimbus, 2009),1892 (St. John’s, 2008), NaGeira (St John’s: Pennywell Books, 2006), Easton’s Gold (St John’s: Brazen Books, 2005), Easton (St John’s: Flanker Press, 2004),Stoker’s Shadow (St John’s: Flanker Press, 2003).

Bridget Canning, M.Ed.

St. John’s


Email: bridgetcanning@gmail.com

Available for: Manuscript Evaluation, Short Story Feedback, Essay-Writing Assistance.

Categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Novels, Short Fiction, Academic Writing.

Biography: Bridget Canning resides in St. John’s where she writes and teaches. She has been an educator for thirteen years in the areas of writing, editing, and communications. She enjoys reading new work and helping writers strengthen their writing ability.

Selected Awards: Selected as one of five winners of the From Our Dark Side genre film contest, 2017,  the Cox and Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award, 2017, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards for short fiction for 2016 and 2015, Fiction Winner for the Federation of British Columbia’s 2016 Literary Writes competition, 2016, shortlisted for The Cuffer Prize, 2015, Honorable Mention, The H. R (Bill) Percy Novel Prize for The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes (formerly titled Impulse), 2015.

Selected Publications: First novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, Breakwater Books, 2017.

Short fiction published in Word Hoard, Riddle Fence, WordWorks, The Telegram, Quarter Castle Chronicles, and Galleon Magazine.

Charis Cotter

Western Bay


Phone: (709) 758-2847

E-mail: chariscotter@gmail.com

Mail: P.O. Box 291, Western Bay, NL A0A 4J0

Available For: School visits (province-wide), writing workshops, storytelling, readings, book clubs, editing, substantive editing, stylistic editing, project management, manuscript evaluation, editorial consultation

Categories: Editing, Adult Non-Fiction, Adult Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Research, Corporate Writing, Advertising Copy, Website Writing

Biography: Charis Cotter is a writer and editor with 25 years experience in publishing. She is a proficient editor who can take a manuscript from first draft to print-ready proofs, or do any stage in between. She writes children’s books and conducts critically acclaimed school workshops using drama and storytelling. Her writing workshops for grades 4 to 6 have received rave reviews from teachers and kids across Canada, and children and adults from Florida to Victoria BC have been delighted by her Newfoundland ghost stories.

Selected Awards: Violet Downey Book Award. Silver Birch Award, Honour Book. Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, Children/s/YA Literature, Finalist. Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Finalist. Various children’s choice awards across Canada, Finalist, 2008-2018: Hackmatack (Atlantic), Silver Birch (Ontario), Diamond Willow (Saskatchewan), Rocky Mountain (Alberta), Red Cedar (British Columbia). World Storytelling Honour Award and Honour Title. Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children, Honour Award.

Selected Publications: The Painting (September 2017, Tundra Books); The Ghosts of Southwest Arm (Baccalieu Books, 2017); The Ferryland Visitor: A Mysterious Tale (Running the Goat Books and Broadsides, 2016); The Ghosts of Baccalieu (Baccalieu Books, 2013); Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors (Annick Press, 2009); A World Full of Ghosts. Art by Marc Mongeau. (Annick Press, 2009); The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies (Annick Press, 2008); Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs (Annick Press, 2007); Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939 (Firefly Books, 2004).

Marjorie Doyle, M.A.

St. John’s


E-mail: marjorie.m.doyle@gmail.com

Mail: P.O. Box 6242, St. John’s, NL A1C 6J9

Available For: Public Readings, School Visits, Workshops, Book Club Appearances, Manuscript Evaluation, and Freelance Assignments.

Marjorie is available for travel.

Categories: Non-fiction, Essay, Travel Writing, Journalism, Columns, Op-ed Pieces.

Biography: An experienced CBC radio broadcaster and award-winning writer, Marjorie has been a columnist with The Globe and Mail and has published widely across Canada in newspapers and literary magazines. Two of her pieces have been anthologized in high school textbooks. In Winter 2009, she was Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence on Vancouver Island. She has read widely across Canada including at Writers at Woody Point, Words on the Water (Vancouver Island), SPARKS, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Marjorie is Chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada (2017-18).

Selected Awards: Golden Sheaf Award – nomination 2012, National Magazine Award—Silver, 2005; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, 2009, 2007, 2003, 2002; CBC Radio Awards for Programming Excellence, 1995, 1994.

Selected Publications: A Doyle Reader: Writings from Home and Away (2013); Reels, Rock and Rosaries: Confessions of a Newfoundland Musician (2005); Newfoundlander in Exile: The Life and Times of Philip Tocque (1814-1899) (1997); A View of Her Own 1996). Essays in Untying the Apron (2013) and Slice Me Some Truth (2011). Co-writer/director of the film Regarding Our Father (2011). The Newfoundland section of Fodor’s Travel Guide to Atlantic Canada (2010).

Theresa Uchechi Ezeuko

St. John’s


Phone (Home): (709) 579-6608 and

Phone (Cell): (403) 402-4891

E-mail: busyhandzservices@gmail.com

Available For: Fiction, article and essay writing, poems, song writing, blog writing, kids stories.

Biography: Theresa  Uchechi Ezeuko is a St. John’s based creative writer and author of three lovely books.

Her passion for writing evolved from the age of 12 and her creative writing skill is phenomenal. Uchechi’s writings encompass a wide range of diverse events,findings,and ideas. Uchechi is also a poet and a blogger, most of her writings can be found on her website at www.busyhandz.com. Her two published children’s books are read worldwide and used for educational purposes, silent reading and bed time stories. Her novel, a romance thriller titled “Betty’s Desire” has received very positive reviews from a wide range of audience.

She obtained a bachelors degree in ARTS from a Nigerian university and went further to acquire a masters degree in International marketing from a Scottish university in the United Kingdom. Her combined expertise in both Arts and marketing has helped her successfully launch her books worldwide.

Uchechi is inspirational and passion driven. Having acquired a huge fan base of readers with curious minds in creative writing, she opened busyhandz.com where she inspires her readers through creative writings and poetic inspirations, while also answering questions from readers and providing feedback.

She is currently working on her next book titled “Kachi and the three bandits”

Selected Publications:  Storytales For Little Minds, Jasmine The Ladybird, and Betty’s Desire.

Denise Flint

St. John’s

Phone: (709) 895-0261

E-mail: dflint@nl.rogers.com 

Available For: Writing and Editing Assignments, School Visits, Workshops, Historical Research.

Denise is available for travel.

Categories: Non-Fiction, Journalism (print and digital), Research, Feature Writing (with accompanying photography if desired), Corporate Work (news releases, brochures, etc.), Crosswords and Quizzes, Writing for Children.

Biography: A professional member of PWAC (Professional Writer’s Association of Canada), Denise has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers, as well as for government and corporate clients. She is a stickler for getting it right and has never missed a deadline.

Selected Publications: The Globe & Mail, The National Post, St. John’s Telegram, History Magazine, Canadian Geographic.

Alexis Koetting


Email:  alexiskoetting@gmail.com

Available For: Readings, School Visits, Book Groups, Feedback

Categories: Fiction

Biography: Alexis has been working as a Canadian Actor on stage and screen for over twenty years with a BFA, Specialization in Theatre Performance and a Masters Degree in education. She is also the author of the Bella James Mysteries. Her debut novel, ENCORE was published in 2015 by Five Star Publishing/Cengage and was a finalist for both an Arthur Ellis and Bony Blithe Award. She is seeking publication for TRIPLE THREAT, the second book in her series. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she moved to St. John’s in 2015 after coming here to work and finding “home” instead. She lives with a Bernedoodle puppy named Sebastian, loves scary movies and dirty gin martinis, and has a terrible weakness for potato chips.

Selected Awards: Finalist for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award (Best First Novel), Finalist for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award

Selected Publications: Encore (Maine, Five Star Publishing/Cengage, 2015)

Robin McGrath, Ph.D.

Goose Bay

Phone: (709) 896-7213

E-mail: robinmcgrath@gmail.com

Mail: Box 862, Station C, Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0

Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, Book Groups, Lectures, Conference Reports, Traditional Knowledge, Tourism Information, and Oral History Interviews.

Robin is willing to travel, particularly within Newfoundland, Labrador, and the Canadian Arctic.

Categories: Non-Fiction, Business and Technical Writing, Journalism, Reviews and Oral Histories (with a particular emphasis on material related to aboriginal people).

Biography: Robin has written hundreds of articles, newspaper columns, and reviews, and authored and edited 16 books. She has work published throughout the world and is a columnist with The Telegram.

Selected Awards: Henry Fuerstenberg Poetry Award; The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award; 14 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition awards; Canada-Caribbean short list for the Commonwealth Award.

Selected Publications: Salt Fish and Schmattes: A History of the Jews of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1770 (Creative Press, 2006); Coasting Trade(Rattling Books, 2006); Covenant of Salt (Killick Press, March 2005); Donovan’s Station (Killick Press, 2002).

Gareth Mitton

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 216-3753

Email: mittongareth@gmail.com

Mailing address: P.O. Box 99900 CQ 357 968, RPO Topsail Road, St. John’s, NL, A1E 0B5

Available for: Freelance writing; articles and features; advertorial; ghost writing; copy writing; web content writing; social media writing and curation; blogging; proofreading and editing; interviews; writing workshops; talks and presentations.

Categories: Marketing/promotional copy writing; articles; blogging; scriptwriting (TV, radio, stage); research; editing; long and short form copy and prose.

Biography: Gareth has been writing professionally since 2002. He is an award-winning marketing copywriter and creative director. Born in Rochdale, England, Gareth completed a BA (hons) in English Language Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, England in 2001 before relocating to Atlantic Canada. He has spent one year as a reporter and content editor with a large-circulation newspaper, and well over a decade as a writer and creative director with Atlantic Canada’s largest marketing communications company, leading campaigns for clients such as New Brunswick Tourism and Parks; Crosby’s Molasses; Mary Brown’s Chicken; the City of St. John’s; Atlantic Lottery (Pro-Line); and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-foods, to name a few. Gareth has penned scripts for major commercial television campaigns and live stage shows, as well as writing in-depth articles for publications ranging from Marine Technology Reporter to Home and Cabin Magazine. He has written content for multiple company websites, overseen complex branding campaigns and served as a freelance blogger for a prominent interior design company. Gareth now lives in St. John’s, NL, working as a writer and creative director, while also pursuing personal fiction and non-fiction projects.

Awards: Best Sports Betting Game Advertising Campaign, 2012 World Lottery Awards (Writer and Creative Director for How Good is your Game campaign); Honourable Mention – 2011 & 2012 EDCO Marketing Awards (Writer and Creative Director – Everything Brampton Tourism Guide). Gareth was selected to be one of eight judges nationwide for the 2012 Applied Arts Student Awards, featured in Applied Arts magazine.

Publications: Marine Technology Reporter; Home & Cabin Magazine; Old Crow Magazine; The Co-operator Magazine; The Anchor Weekly (reporter and content editor); SAM [Says] (freelance blogger for SAM Design blog).

Bernice Morgan

St. John’s


Phone: C/O Breakwater – (709) 722-6660, or Knopf Canada Publicity – (416) 957-1538

Available For: Readings, Lectures, School Visits and Book-Group Visits.

Categories: Fiction

Biography: A charter member of the Writers’ Alliance and the Newfoundland Writers’ Guild and frequent winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s Arts and Letters Competition, Morgan has served on numerous boards including the editorial board of Killick Press and on the board of the Newfoundland Quarterly. Her first two novels were filmed as a four-part CBC television miniseries, Random Passage.

Selected Awards: Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction, Thomas H. Raddall Award for Fiction, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artist of the Year.

Selected Publications: Random Passage (St. John’s: Breakwater, 1992);Waiting For Time (St. John’s: Breakwater, 1994); Topography of Love (St. John’s: Breakwater, 2000); Cloud of Bone (Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2007).

Nellie P. Strowbridge


Phone: (709) 686-5018

E-mail: nellie_strowbridge@yahoo.com

Mail: Box 243, Pasadena, NL   A0L 1K0

Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, and Book-Group Visits.

Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Monologue.

Biography: Nellie’s children’s book, Far From Home Dr. Grenfell’s Little Orphan(Flanker imprint) sold out its 2004 and 2006 printings and was short-listed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic and History Award in 2006.

Selected Awards: Canada’s Stamp of Approval Award; 16 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition Awards.

Selected Publications: The Tongue of a Newfoundlander-Labradorian ( St John’s: Flanker Press, 2007); The Gift of Christmas ( St John’s: Flanker Press, 2006); Dancing on Ochre Sands ( St John’s: Jesperson Publishing, 2004).

Joan Sullivan

St. John’s

Phone: 709.730.5620

Email: studiokingsroad@hotmail.com

Available for: substantive & copy manuscript edits, theatre workshops & collaborations, articles & reviews

Categories: non-fiction, playwrighting

Biography: Joan Sullivan lives and works in St. John’s, where she is editor of Newfoundland Quarterly and contributes cultural articles and obituaries to local and national publications. When she is really lucky she gets to work in theatre too. Her books include In The Field, The Long Run, and (upcoming) Game. Her theatre scripts include Rig: The Ocean Ranger and the stage adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Story of Bobby O’Malley, as well as her one-woman show Your Only Life which she has performed in St. John’s, Halifax, and Montreal.

Selected Awards: NL Book of the Year award (non-fiction) 2012 for In The Field.

Selected Publications:  The Globe & Mail, The Telegram, CBC Radio commentary & features, Atlantic Books Today.

Sara Tilley

St. John’s


E-mail: sara@saratilley.ca

Mail: 64 Quidi Vidi Road, St. John’s, NL  A1A 1C1

Available For: Workshops, Readings, School Visits, New Play Dramaturgy, Manuscript Evaluation, Book-Group Visits.

Categories: Fiction, Plays, Non-Fiction.

Biography: Sara Tilley’s work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique. She has published two novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), and DUKE, (Pedlar Press, 2015), winner of the BMO Winterset Award, shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. Sara has been Writer in Residence at Memorial University, the University of Calgary, and at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon. From 2002-2016, she ran an independent feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, which produced many of the eleven plays which she’s written, co-written or co-created. Sara’s wide spectrum of work includes time spent as a writer, an actor, a designer of puppets, masks, props, and sometimes sets and costumes, a director, a puppeteer, a dramaturg and a clown teacher/performer. She is fascinated by the ways in which these creative practices overlap and feed each other.

Selected Awards: BMO Winterset Award, 2015; Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, 2006; Percy Janes First Novel Award, 2004; Rhonda Payne Award, 2006.

Selected Publications: Novels: Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), DUKE (Pedlar Press, 2015)

Leslie Vryenhoek

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 579-0853

E-mail: lesliv@nl.rogers.com

Available For:  Substantive and stylistic editing, feature and profile writing (print and audio), promotional/corporate writing, strategic communications planning, website writing, issues management, feature and profile writing (print and audio), profile writing, reports, readings, workshops, book clubs

Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Promotional, Corporate, Non-profit.

Biography: Leslie Vryenhoek is the author of three books and hundreds of essays, articles, stories, radio pieces and poems. Her fiction, poetry and memoir have been published and broadcast across Canada and internationally. For two decades, Leslie has worked as a communications specialist in advanced education, international development, emergency response, and the arts. Based in St. John’s, she is also the founding director of Piper’s Frith: Writing at Kilmory, an annual retreat.

Selected Awards: Winterset Award finalist; Impac Dublin Literary Award nominee; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award, senior fiction; Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem; Geist’s Fortune Cookie contest; Eden Mills Festival Literary Competition; Cahoots magazine fiction competition; Newfoundland and Labrador Arts & Letters Award, poetry; Dalton Camp Award (national essay competition); Finalist, Gerald Lampert Award for Poetry.

Selected Publications:  Ledger of the Open Hand (novel, 2015, Breakwater Books); Gulf (poetry, 2011, Oolichan Books); Scrabble Lessons (short stories, 2009, Oolichan Books); “Goodbye Girl” in Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood (Sheena Wilson and Diana Davidson, eds.).

Claire Wilkshire

Owner, Claire Wilkshire Language Services

St. John’s


Phone: (709) 726-3239

E-mail: editor@nf.sympatico.ca

Mail: 71 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, NL, A1C 2N4

Available For: Writing, editing (all kinds: structural editing, copyediting, proofreading), workshops (on writing and grammar), French or English lessons, manuscript evaluation.

Available to travel.

Categories: Fiction, non-fiction, business, technical writing.

Biography:  Claire Wilkshire has a PhD in Canadian literature from UBC and is an experienced teacher of university-level language and literature courses. She is a current member of Editors Canada and of the (UK) Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She has been an editor and translator for more than a decade.

Selected Publications: Writers Talking (anthology edited with John Metcalf); Maxine (novel, Breakwater, 2013); short fiction in literary magazines; book reviews and academic articles in journals.

Clients have included: Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry, Commission of Inquiry into Hormone Receptor Testing, Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, Bluedrop Performance Learning, federal and provincial government departments, professors and graduate students at Memorial University and other institutions, musicians, writers, and others.