Edward Willett

Edward Willett - Editor

Regina, SK, Canada

Professional editor, mentor, and writing coach; award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages.

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Overview

I'm the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages. I've worked with publishers large and small (my main publisher is DAW Books, one of the major New York publishers of science fiction and fantasy). I've also got my own small publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I began my career as a newspaper reporter for the Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Review, and at the ripe old age of 24 became news editor. After a few years of that, I became communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Since 1993, I've been a full-time freelance writer and editor (and, for good measure, occasional professional actor and singer--I write plays, too!).

On the non-fiction side, I've written on topics that run the gamut from the Mutiny on the Bounty to Ebola, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, the Ayatollah Khomeini, and the basics of quantum physics (not all in one book). I wrote a weekly science column for newspapers and radio for two decades; I've written and edited annual reports; I've taught classes in writing science fiction and fantasy; I've edited both literary magazines (Grain, one of Canada's longest-running literary magazines) and commercial magazines (literally: Fine Lifestyles Regina was filled mainly with paid-for advertorials).

I've been a writer-in-residence several times, working with writers of many different levels to improve their work. I've been writer-in-residence at both the Regina and Saskatoon Public Libraries (both nine-month terms) and for shorter periods at schools. As a writer-in-residence, I've helped authors with short stories and books in multiple genres (although as you'd expect, my first love is science fiction and fantasy). I've also worked as an editor for Friesen Press, a major hybrid publisher in Canada.

I've also taught courses in writing science fiction and fantasy, including an extension course for the University of Regina that gave birth to a long-running writers' group started by my students.

In 2009, I won the Aurora Award (the Canadian equivalent of the Hugo) for best science fiction novel for Marseguro (DAW Books). In 2019, I won the Aurora Award for Best Fan Related Work for my podcast, The Worldshapers (in which I interview other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process). I've been shortlisted multiple times. I also won a Saskatchewan Book Award for my YA fantasy Spirit Singer, and have been shortlisted multiple times for other novels and non-fiction.

On the mentoring side, I've mentored authors through the Saskatchewan Writers Guild's mentoring program (three months of closely working with an aspiring writer), and I've also been a mentor for the University of Saskatchewan's Master of Fine Arts program.

What does all this tell you (I hope)?

I love words. I love working with words, and I love making words work better. I love well-told stories. I love helping authors make their work the best it can be...authors like you.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Math & Science
Technology
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Fantasy
Middle Grade Fantasy
Science Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy

Awards

  • Aurora Award
  • Saskatchewan Book Award
  • EPPIE Award
  • Dream Realm Award

Work experience

Writer in Residence

Saskatoon Public Library
September, 2019 – Present (9 months)

Consulting with aspiring writers. I've edited most or all of half a dozen novels for authors who have been coming to me every week, plus worked with other writers on short stories, plays, and non-fiction. Editing includes both developmental and copy editing.

Writer in Residence

Regina Public Library
September, 2010 – May, 2011 (8 months)

During my nine-month term, consulted with more than 70 aspiring writers, editing and commenting on the work they submitted to me. This included working my way through several longer works, both novels and non-fiction, providing both developmental editing and copyediting, as well as mentoring.

Writer and Editor

Self-employed
October, 1993 – Present (over 26 years)

Communications Officer

Saskatchewan Science Centre
October, 1988 – September, 1993 (almost 5 years)

Researched and wrote copy for all exhibits. Also wrote advertising material. Wrote for and edited the regular newsletter, Kaleidoscope.

News Editor

Weyburn Review
January, 1984 – September, 1988 (over 4 years)

Oversaw a newsroom of three reporters. Assigned stories, edited and proofread all stories. During my tenure, the Weyburn Review won (in one year) Best Front Page, Best Editorial Page, and Best Overall in the annual Canadian Community Newspapers Association competition.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Spirit Singer

Willett, Edward

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