Natalie Morrill

Natalie Morrill - Editor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

I'm an editor, writer and post-secondary educator keen to work with authors of narrative works. | Novelist with HarperCollins Canada

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Overview

I'm an editor keen to work with authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction. I'm especially enthusiastic about character-driven and innovative works from a variety of genres. Offering substantive editorial feedback for authors honing their plot, pacing and character development is what I'm most excited about, though I'm also very happy to offer copy editing and proofreading services.

I'm an award-winning author published through HarperCollins Canada and Canadian literary journals. I edit fiction for the American literary magazine Dappled Things, and I teach creative and professional writing at a large polytechnic college. I've edited work and mentored writers in a variety of contexts, from universities, to community support groups, to publishing houses.

I adore the craft of writing, and I know firsthand what difference an excellent editor can make. Seeing other writers reach their "Aha!" moment with a text is the next-best thing to experiencing it with my own writing – and sometimes I wonder if it isn't even more fun.

I'd love to hear about what you're working on. Get in touch!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

Awards

  • HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction
  • Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for VINE Award for Canadian Jewish Literature (Fiction)

Work experience

Professor, Professional Writing

Algonquin College
April, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

I teach courses in creative writing and editing to students in the Professional Writing program at Algonquin College's School of Media and Design. I'm responsible for developing course materials, lecturing, generating assignments and marking all student work. All courses are supported through the Brightspace platform (D2L), which I manage for each class.

Writer-in-residence and Guest editor

Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA)
April, 2015 – December, 2016 (over 1 year)

In association with Open Minds Quarterly journal and NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, I offered mentorship and guided writing workshops to northern Ontario writers who have lived experience of mental illness.

Creative writing mentor

Booming Ground, UBC Creative Writing
May, 2014 – October, 2016 (over 2 years)

I provided six-month online writing mentorship services for writers of novels, short stories and memoir through

Fiction editor

Dappled Things Magazine
August, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

I'm the Fiction Editor at this American journal of faith and the arts. In collaboration with the Managing Editor, Editor-in-chief, and Associate Editors, I select works of fiction to be included in the journal, as well as working with authors to polish work for publication and soliciting new work as needed. I also assist with proofreading, promotions and fundraising initiatives.

Research assistant, Creative Writing Department

University of British Columbia
April, 2013 – August, 2013 (4 months)

I solicited submissions for an anthology of work by UBC Creative Writing alumni, published by McClelland & Stewart; liaised among UBC faculty, potential contributors, and various copyright holders; edited and copyedited anthology submissions as these were received.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Ghost Keeper

Natalie Morrill

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, this powerful, sweeping novel set in Vienna during the 1930s and ’40s centres on a poignant love story and a friendship that ends in betrayal.In the years between the two world wars, Josef Tobak builds a quiet life around his friendships, his beloved wife, Anna, and his devotion to the old Jewish cemeteries of Vienna. Then comes the A... read more

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, this powerful, sweeping novel set in Vienna during the 1930s and ’40s centres on a poignant love story and a friendship that ends in betrayal.In the years between the two world wars, Josef Tobak builds a quiet life around his friendships, his beloved wife, Anna, and his devotion to the old Jewish cemeteries of Vienna. Then comes the A... read more

Naked in Academe

McClelland & Stewart

In 1946, the poet Earle Birney, then an English professor at the University of British Columbia, broke new ground by establishing a single course within the English department, one for the writer “naked in academe.” He went on to found the UBC Creative Writing Department in 1963 – Canada’s first university writing program, a learner-centered, interdisciplinary experience that has produced many... read more

In 1946, the poet Earle Birney, then an English professor at the University of British Columbia, broke new ground by establishing a single course within the English department, one for the writer “naked in academe.” He went on to found the UBC Creative Writing Department in 1963 – Canada’s first university writing program, a learner-centered, interdisciplinary experience that has produced many... read more

Rue des Rosiers

Tregebov, Rhea

Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters

Anita Kushwaha

A breathtaking novel about the ties that bind mothers and daughters together and the secrets that tear them apart.Veena, Mala and Nandini are three very different women with something in common. Out of love, each bears a secret that will haunt her life—and that of her daughter—because the risk of telling the truth is too great. But secrets have consequences. Particularly for Asha, a young woma... read more

A breathtaking novel about the ties that bind mothers and daughters together and the secrets that tear them apart.Veena, Mala and Nandini are three very different women with something in common. Out of love, each bears a secret that will haunt her life—and that of her daughter—because the risk of telling the truth is too great. But secrets have consequences. Particularly for Asha, a young woma... read more

If Tenderness Be Gold

Albanese, Eleanor

Natalie has 9 reviews

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Sean Minogue
Natalie's notes on my manuscript were insightful and just what I needed to identify some lagging issues. She was thoughtful and supportive in her critique, and offered great advice for taking this project forward. I also appreciated her responsiveness and clear communication throughout the whole experience. Very professional.

Sean Minogue, July 2022

Natalie Morrill
Sean, thanks so much for this kind review! It was a pleasure reading your novel, & I look forward to seeing what you do with it. You are a writer to watch!

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Jennifer Simpson
The whole experience was enjoyable and informative. Thanks so much.

Jennifer Simpson, October 2021

Natalie Morrill
Thanks so much, Jennifer! It was great reading your story & talking with you about it. Excited to see what you do with it!

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Scott Saxberg
I enjoyed working with Natalie, and she gave me great feedback to improve my book. She was quick to answer questions and highlighted the best opportunities to strengthen the story.

Scott Saxberg, October 2021

Natalie Morrill
Scott, thanks so much for this kind review! It was great working on your book with you, & I can't wait to see what you do with it. Happy writing!

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Christine Singh
I originally hired Natalie to do an overall substantive edit on my manuscript. She did an excellent job regarding plot and structural issues. I then hired her to do a detailed copyedit of my opening pages, to get them query ready. She did an amazing job. Her ability to edit at the line level is just as excellent as her ability to see the overall picture. It’s quite a thing to be so accomplished...
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Christine Singh, September 2021

Natalie Morrill
Christine, thank you so much for this kind review! It's always a pleasure to work with you. I'm so excited to see where you take this book, & I feel very fortunate to have been involved with it at ...
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Rory Paul
Natalie did an overview/broad/landscape Beta-read on an unusual project (multi-media), which did not deter her, and was just what I asked for. Her feedback was thorough, thoughtful, insightful, from the place of audience, professional, and personally. It was an extremely well-balanced and useful review. She is a successfully published writer, and it shows. Also a college professor of Profession...
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Rory Paul, August 2021

Natalie Morrill
Thanks so much for this thoughtful review, Rory! It was really fun working on this project with you -- an exciting change for me, with the audio elements. Wishing you all the best with your writing!

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