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.
Emily Stringer loves the community writing builds, and is excited to reprise her role as the Production Editor on emerge 17. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio (2015) under mentor Hiromi Goto. In 2016 she returned to TWS as the Apprentice Mentor for Speculative and YA Fiction, and Production Editor for emerge 16.
Emily has been published in various Canadian anthologies. Her writing crosses genres, interweaving themes of family, nature, and home, with frequent swerves into the deep thickets of speculative fiction.
Alessia 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.
Lindsay Kwan attended the Writer’s Studio in 2013 in the narrative non-fiction genre stream and was an apprentice mentor for JJ Lee in 2015. Lindsay is a former member of the editorial board for Room magazine (2014-2017), where she honed her editorial skills. Lindsay has also facilitated numerous poetry workshops for Pandora’s Collective at addictions treatment centres, libraries, and community centres around Vancouver since 2014. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University, where she won the Asper Foundation Communications Award for her community involvement. She is currently completing her thesis on how writers are adapting their creative labour to social media.
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 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.