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Dr. Robert Runté

Robert Runté, Ph.D. (Senior Academic Editor, Writing Coach)
Robert took early retirement from the University of Lethbridge to become a full-time editor; in particular, the role of Senior Editor (2009-2018) at Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian small press based in Ontario. He edited over 30 books for Five Rivers, two of which were shortlisted for Aurora Awards. He founded in July, 2010, and in 2016. He has published over 30 short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, four of which were reprinted in "best of" collections, and one of which was short listed for an Aurora Award. The late Dave Duncan called him "the best editor I've ever worked with" and willed his incomplete manuscripts to Robert to finish.

During Dr. Runté's career as an academic, he has coedited a fiction anthology and a popular university textbook; written 15 book chapters, 14 journal articles, 7 encyclopedia entries, 3 commissioned government reports, and 1 curriculum resource (90,000 visitors); presented 67 conference papers, 37 faculty, university, and community presentations; and self-published ten open source resources (see the links page for those relevant to writers). He has three Aurora Awards for his literary criticism. As an experienced thesis supervisor and committee member, he has helped students write award- and scholarship-winning theses, and two of the theses he supervised were subsequently published as books.

You can see Dr. Runté in this one-minute video excerpt on teaching and research at the UofL; or in this two-minute video about acquiring and developing books for Five Rivers Publishing, presented at launch of Joe Mahoney's A Time and a Place; or listen to his thirty-minute speech on English teachers, fan fiction, and the future of publishing, as Editor Guest at When Words Collide (2016).You can read some of his research on ResearchGate.

Dr. Runté's Full CV. Robert is a member of Editors Association of Canada (Editors Canada), Calgary Association of Freelance Editors, the Writers Guild of Alberta, and the WordBridge (annual Lethbridge Writers' Conference) Board.


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Popular education textbook
co-edited by Dr. Runté

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Anthology of Canadian speculative fiction
co-edited by Robert Runté

Elizabeth McLachlan (Editor and Writing Coach)
Elizabeth is the author of four Western Canadian non-fiction works published from NeWest Press: With Unshakeable Persistence: Rural Teachers of the Depression Era, Unfailing Dedication: Rural Teachers in the War Years, Gone But Not Forgotten: Tales of the Disappearing Grain Elevators, and Herbert Has Lots for a Buck (about small town Alberta—including the Town of Herbert—coming up with plans for revitalization). She also writes for a variety of magazines, including the University of Lethbridge's Legacy. She has served as a jury member for the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the High Plains Book Award. Elizabeth has been editing and mentoring aspiring writers since 1999 and has worked with Brindle & Glass Publishing, TouchWood Editions, and Heritage House Publishing. She provides editing and coaching for thesis, dissertation, and non-fiction manuscripts. Elizabeth is focused on serving clients in a safe, non-threatening, supportive, and friendly manner. She can meet with writers in person or work exclusively through e-mail and phone. Her approachable, easygoing style is a balm to writers who may be nervous about being edited. She is also available for workshops on writing. For thesis and dissertation work, Elizabeth is familiar with both Chicago and APA style guides.

McLachlan's Full Resumé. Elizabeth is a member of Editors Association of Canada (Editors Canada) and the Writers Guild of Alberta.


One of Elizabeth's four popular non-fiction books.

Lesley Little (Editor and Writing Coach)
Lesley has thirty years' experience as a freelance book reviewer and writer for publications such as Books in Canada, Resource Links Magazine, Monday Magazine, Lethbridge Living, and the Lethbridge Herald. As a member of the Mudlarks Writers Collective she juried submissions, edited, and designed the layout for Rags: Southern Alberta's literary journal for ten years. Lesley co-authored the popular, Knock, Knock, Who's There?: A Walking Tour Full of Cottage Folklore, Gossip, and Tall Tales! She edited A Family Hiking Guide for Waterton Lakes National Park, by Brenda Lenko. Although seldom at a loss for words, Lesley subscribes to the Hemingway school of clarity through simplicity: "All you have to do is write one true sentence." Lesley is Essential Edits lead poetry editor.

Popular guide
co-authored by Lesley Little.


Halli Lilburn (Editor and Writing Coach)
Halli is an editor, workshop leader, writing coach, and author. She has published in Tesseracts, Carte Blanche,Spirited, We Shall Be Monsters, and other venues; was co-editor of The Dame Was Trouble anthology [Coffin Hop Press, 2018]; and is the author of the YA novel, Shifters. She has extensive experience teaching both teens and adults. Halli is Essential EditsÕ lead for teen writers, YA authors, and horror, but also edits poetry and genre fiction. Halli is a member of The Editors Association of Canada (Editors Canada) and the Writers Guild of Alberta.

Her homepage is

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Halli Lilburn's YA SF novel, Shifters.


Adria Laycraft (Editor and Writing Coach)
Adria has a journalism degree and nearly twenty years experience as an author, copywriter, and editor. She was the co-editor of the Aurora nominated Urban Green Man anthology from Edge, her short fiction has been published in such venues as IGMS, Tesseracts, Neo-opsis, On-Spec, Hypersonic Tales and various anthologies, and her novel, Jumpship Hope was published in 2019. She is a member of Editors Association of Canada (Editors Canada) and the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors.

Her home page is http://

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Jumpship Hope by Adria Laycraft from Tyche Books.


Kathryn Shalley (Editor)
Kathryn began her editing career working with Dr. Runté at Five Rivers Publishing, where she worked on a variety of projects including Joe Mahoney's A Time and a Place and Timothy Gwyn's Avians. More recently, she has worked with Edge Publishing in Calgary, editing, for example, Transmigrations by Eddie Louise. Kathryn graduated from Mount Royal University with an honours BA in English (her thesis focused on gender analysis of dialogue in young adult fantasy fiction) and is currently in the MFA at the University of Saskatchewan on a SSHRC scholarship. Kathryn was also student co-editor ofÊIn My Memories Like That, a collection of memoirs and stories by Mount Royal University students created in collaboration with Calgary seniors and supervised by poet Richard Harrison, winner of the Governor General Award for poetry. Kathryn works with memoir, fiction and general nonfiction and is Essential Edits' MLA format specialist.

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Last updated: August 28, 2018