Natalie Morrill

Natalie Morrill – Editor

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

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!
Services
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Awards
  • HarperCollins Canada/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction
  • Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for VINE Award for Canadian Jewish Literature (Fiction)
Certifications
  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

Work experience

Algonquin College

Apr, 2017 — Present

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.

Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA)

Apr, 2015 — Dec, 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.

Booming Ground, UBC Creative Writing

May, 2014 — Oct, 2016 (over 2 years)

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

Dappled Things Magazine

Aug, 2013 — Present

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.

University of British Columbia

Apr, 2013 — Aug, 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

The Donoghue Girl

Fahner, Kim

Latitude 46

Editorial Assessment
If Tenderness Be Gold

Albanese, Eleanor

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 tha... read more
Rue des Rosiers

Tregebov, Rhea

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... read more
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 build... read more

Natalie has 14 reviews

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Robert T.

Robert T.

Jun, 2024

Working with Natalie was a joy. She was thoughtful, offered excellent insights into how I might improve the work, and a zoom meeting where we discussed the project more openly.
Natalie M.
Thank you so much for this kind review, Robert! It was wonderful working on your book with you!
L. E.

L. E.

Apr, 2024

Natalie offers generous, supportive, and incredibly insightful feedback.
Natalie M.
Lucy, thank you for this kind review! It was wonderful working with you, & I can't wait to find out where your book ends up.
Steve M.

Steve M.

Feb, 2024

Natalie provided accurate and interesting feedback on how to expand on a character and scenes. Also asked questions that I feel will change the content and even the story line in a positive manner.
Natalie M.
Thanks so much for this review, Steve! It was great working with you on your project, & I'm excited to see where you take it.
Kylie M.

Kylie M.

May, 2023

I had a great time working with Natalie. Not only was she professional, she had many insightful about what I could improve on. I really appreciated all her hard work.
Natalie M.
Thank you, Kylie! It was great getting to read your novel & work with you on it. I'm excited to hear about your progress with it & where it takes you next.
Scott S.

Scott S.

Apr, 2023

It was great to work with Natalie. She had very well thought through creative insights and advice that helped me improve my manuscript. She gave both detailed and bigger picture opportunity suggestions to strength the story. Thanks again Natalie!
Natalie M.
Scott, thanks so much for this kind review! It was a pleasure working with you again, & it's clear how much work you've put into the project. Wishing you all the best with it!

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