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Alison Dowsett, MFA, BFA



[Queer, feminist] Experienced editor with a background in literary, cultural and academic editing. Literary fiction, literary nonfiction, book proposals, scholarly monographs, edited collections, journal articles, and grant applications in the arts and humanities. 

I proofread and copyedit for academic colleagues whose work has been published by the U of T Press and Routledge. 

I also work passionately as a development editor with independent authors to bring their manuscripts and/or book proposals up to the level agents and acquiring editors want to see in terms of project overview, comparable titles, the marketing section and platform development. 

My general areas of interest include dog traning; home renovation projects; wine tasting, viticulture and oenology; culinary arts and the restaurant industry; divination systems such as the tarot, runes, spellcraft, the sacred dream; literary nonfiction and life writing with an emphasis on memoir, innovative lyricism, and non-linear narrative structures. 

I have an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Department of Journalism at the University of King's College and a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. I recently wrapped up a two-year term as Prose and Reviews Editor with Plenitude, an online literary journal. In September 2020 I copyedited Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice, forthcoming with Routledge. 

My current projects are a queer autobiography that tackles issues of fatherhood and catholicism; and a collection of short fiction in the vein of Sally Rooney and perhaps Greta Gerwig if she worked in print rather than film. 

I welcome you to explore my website for practical information about how I quote and work. While you're there you can click to my Linked In profile to view my full CV and some editing samples. 





Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Magazines
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Literature
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences