Editorial Team

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.

Production Editor:


Fiction Editor:

a-yaworskyAlessia Yaworsky was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. Alessia is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2016), and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a minor in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. In 2016, she was published in emerge 16 and participated as a reader at the The Vancouver Writer’s Fest. Working in the world of internal communications by day, Alessia can be found scribbling away at her first novel and a number of short stories by night.

Alessia looks forward to joining the emerge 17 Editorial Team this year and having the chance to work with and get to know even more inspiring writers.

Twitter: twitter.com/alessiayaworsky

Poetry Editor:


Non-Fiction Editor:

nikki-hillmanNikki 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:

rebeccapicRebecca A. Coates spent almost twenty years in the trenches of independent bookstores before becoming a writer and freelance copy editor. A 2015 Writer’s Studio graduate, she had the pleasure of editing the Speculative Fiction/Young Adult section of emerge 16. Rebecca has lived in Ontario, California, and Oregon, but Vancouver is her home, mostly 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.


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