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Alison Dowsett, MFA, BFA

Toronto, ON



I am a versatile freelance writer and editor with a background in literary publishing and writing for the  web.

I primarily work with authors as a development editor to bring their manuscripts to the marketplace via traditional publishing. When I work with authors, I offer the value-added service of crafting the pitch materials that acquiring editors want to see. 

I also work with entrepreneurs by helping them tailor the messaging of their webcopy. 

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 am presently the Reviews Editor with Plenitude, an online literary journal and I'm working on book-length manuscript of my own, which I hope to publish in 2021.

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 get in touch to learn more about how I approach projects.

Thank you for reading.




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