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Liz Johnston

Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


“Liz Johnston is hands down one of the most conscientious and deft editors I have had the good fortune to work with. There are many editors who are scrupulous or punctilious, but how many can one say are also imaginative and encouraging. Liz is all of that.” — Amitava Kumar

A highly skilled, thoughtful editor with a master’s in English and nine years’ editorial experience, I have helped various magazines, cultural organizations, and individuals make their work stronger, clearer, stylistically consistent, and free of errors. From 2012 to 2019, I worked at the international literary magazine Brick, where I had the privilege of editing such celebrated and beloved writers as Kyo Maclear, Amitava Kumar, Marina Endicott, and Canisia Lubrin, to name a few. Today, I remain on the magazine’s editorial board, alongside Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Laurie D. Graham, Michael Helm, Rebecca Silver Slayter, and Madeleine Thien.

As a freelance editor, I perform rigorous structural, copy, and line edits for my clients, some of whom include Flying Books, Brick, A Literary Journal, dArt International, and the Ontario Museum Association. I enjoy doing developmental edits as well, helping writers clarify their vision for a project and coaching them forward with suggestions about structure, content, style, characterization, believability, and more. I pride myself on my thoroughness and care, and I love to offer that outside eye that helps writers realize their vision for their work—and lets them rest assured not a comma nor em dash is out of place.

I provide timely turnarounds on editorial assignments and regularly receive enthusiastic feedback from clients.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing