Our alumni and students are the heart of the production process. Each team works on an aspect of emerge, from book production and marketing to the book launch and sales.
Reese Kim Carrozzini has spent much of her adult life travelling and living abroad where she worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, and was an English Instructor in Italy. She has a Political Science degree from UBC and is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio (2017). Reese is a co-host of the TWS Reading Series, and was a member of the production team for emerge 17, and is excited to be a part of it again. Her experiences and great curiosity about people, family and society, and above all, her imagination, are the inspiration for her stories. She is currently working on multiple short stories and a crime novel. www.reesecarrozzini.com
Alessia Yaworsky was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a minor in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, and is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2016). Working in the world of internal communications by day, she can be found scribbling away at her first novel and a number of short stories by night. Alessia joined the emerge team in 2017 as Fiction Editor, and looks forward to working alongside inspiring writers again this year.
Zoë Dagneault is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2016). She continued on to apprentice under Betsy Warland for the TWS poetry cohort (2017). She recently completed Amber Dawn’s TWS graduate class in fiction. Zoe is published both in print and online. She recently launched West Coast Writers, a small writing and consulting business. West Coast Writers hosts several writing intensives and workshops each year with some of Vancouver’s most critically acclaimed authors. They can be found at westcoastwriters.net. Zoe lives and writes on the west coast of British Columbia with her family.
Nikki Hillman is a graduate of the Southbank Writing Program (2012) and The Writer’s Studio (2013) who enjoys supporting and encouraging other writers. Nikki is also co-host of the Southbank Reading Series, facilitator of the Leigh Square Writers Group, runs field trips for art collage and teaches creative writing classes for youth.
Speculative / YA Fiction Editor:
Rebecca A. Coates spent almost twenty years in the trenches of independent bookstores before becoming a writer and freelance editor. A graduate of the Writer’s Studio (2015), she has been editing for emerge since 2016. After living in Portland and San Francisco, she settled in Vancouver because too much sunshine makes her burst into flames. Her helpful writing tips—as well as aliens, werewolves, and cowboys—can be found at grammarlandia.com.