Our Writers & Creative Team

Jenna Kalinsky owner of full-service online writers' center One Lit Place at onelitplace.comJenna Kalinsky, Principal & Founder, One Lit Place

Jenna holds an MFA from Columbia University and has been a creative and academic writing instructor for over 20 years, teaching at Teachers College, NYC, University of Toronto Scarborough, Humber College, Western University, where she redesigned the Continuing Studies Creative Writing program, and privately before creating One Lit Place.

In her work as an editor, she provides developmental feedback, substantial copyediting, and proofreading for fiction, nonfiction, academic and business writing. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appear in mainstream and literary magazines, including in the LA Times best-selling The Modern Jewish Girls’ Guide to Guilt (Penguin), winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Originally from Los Angeles, Jenna has lived in New York, Germany, and now makes her home in Toronto, Canada

  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: instruction & coaching in craft and practice
  • Academic articles & dissertations: structural consultation & editing
  • Grammatical instruction
  • Manuscript consultation: developmental feedback & substantive editing
  • Copyediting & Proofreading
  • Web Copy & Blogs: writing & editing
  • Business documentation

Krista Foss, editor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comKrista Foss, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Krista Foss is a writer of novels, short stories, screenplays, and creative non-fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Granta and has twice been a finalist for the Journey Prize. Krista’s essay writing, which won the PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction Award (2016), has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and featured in Best Canadian Essays. Her first novel, Smoke River, published by McClelland & Stewart (2014), won the Hamilton Literary Award and was optioned for film by Westwind Productions. ELLESMERE, a mini-series pilot co-written with Sally Cooper, is currently under option by Buck Productions. Her second novel will be published by McClelland & Stewart in spring 2021. She is a senior editor at Hamilton Review of Books and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Christina Chiu, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Christina Chiu is the winner of the James Alan McPherson Award for her novel Beauty. She is also author of Troublemaker and Other Saints, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Troublemaker was a nominee for a BOMC Stephen Crane First Fiction Award, and winner of the Asian American Literary Award. Chiu has published in Tin HouseThe New Guard, Washington Square, The MacGuffin, Charlie Chan is Dead 2Not the Only OneWashington Square, and has won literary prizes from Playboy, New Stone Circle, El Dorado Writers’ Guild, World Wide Writers. Chiu hosts the virtual Let’s Talk Books Author Series and curates and co-hosts the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in NYC. She is a founding member of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Christina is also a shoe designer. She received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

Anna Sonser, Instructor, Mentor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Anna holds a Ph.D from the University of Toronto in English Literature. In addition to her non-fiction book, A Passion for Consumption: The Gothic Novel in America, she has published six novels under a pseudonym with Kensington Publishing in New York. She also has numerous newspaper, magazine and academic articles to her credit. She has taught at the university and college levels as well as taking on a coaching role as marketing and communications branding and change management consultant for financial and IT organizations. Fluent in French and German, Anna divides her time between Toronto and Southern California.

Teresa D. headshot poetry editor at One Lit Place onelitplace.comTeresa Dzieglewicz, Coach & Editor, Poetry

Teresa Dzieglewicz is an educator, Pushcart Prize-winning poet, and a co-director of the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa (Defenders of the Water School) at Standing Rock Reservation. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the winner of the 2018 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize and she has received fellowships from New Harmony Writer’s Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the NY Mills Arts Retreat. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize XLII,  Best New Poets 2018Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere.

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Rebecca Hales, Instructor, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Screenwriting, YA & Poetry

Rebecca Hales is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Bell Media Prime Time TV program and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. In 2016 she was awarded the Telefilm New Voices award at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference and was one of the Corus Entertainment Writer’s Apprentice Program participants at the Banff World Media Festival. Her credits include an episode of Travelers, the Showcase/Netflix sci-fi series from showrunner Brad Wright (Stargate franchise), working in the development room of Solstice, another Brad Wright original series, interning on the CTV drama series Saving Hope, and the Women in Film and Television Toronto Showcase award winning short film “Dissecting Gwen.” She is currently developing a political crime thriller with Rusty Halo Productions, a half-hour comedy series with creative partners in Toronto and LA, and multiple solo projects.

Vaishali Patel for Writing Wellness Workshops at One Lit Place onelitplace.comVaishali Patel, Instructor, Wellness Writing

Vaishali is a Registered Psychotherapist and narrative practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), and currently holds certification with The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has been counselling since 2003, and worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programming (EAP) for more than six of those years, gaining experience and a greater understanding of the importance of work-life balance, and overall wellness of individuals. In addition to individual therapy in her private practice, Vaishali runs RAW (Revealing Authentic Women) Support Circles and “good for you Ladies Night Out” events.

Writer and One Lit Place Editor and Writing Instructor Delaney NolanDelaney Nolan, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Delaney is a Pushcart Prize-winning Fulbright Fellow whose fiction has appeared in Electric Literature, Guernica, Oxford American, Tin House, and elsewhere. She was a Rona Jaffe Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA Program. She has received recognition from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, Vermont Studio Center, Academy of American Poets, and others, and her fiction has been translated into four languages. Her stories have been adapted into a radio play by NPR’s “Snap Judgment” and into a short film by Emmy award winner Caitlyn Greene: AUGUST. Her chapbook Shotgun Style won the Ropewalk Press Editor’s Prize.

Kenneth Rosen Headshot journalist and nonfiction writer and instructor at One Lit Place onelitplace.comKenneth R. Rosen, Instructor, Editor, Nonfiction

Kenneth is a senior editor and correspondent at Newsweek based in Italy. He is a contributing writer at WIRED and the author of Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs and Bulletproof Vest.  He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, he is the recipient of a Calderwood Foundation Art of Nonfiction Grant, a Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, and a grant from the Fund for American Studies. He was previously a staff journalist at The New York Times. https://www.kennethrrosen.com/articles

  • Query letters & book proposals
  • Nonfiction book consultation & editing
  • Ghostwriting

headshot of writing coach and editorSally Cooper, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Sally Cooper writes novels, creative non-fiction, screenplays and short stories. She has published three acclaimed novels, including With My Back to the World (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019) and the linked short story collection Smells Like Heaven (2017). Her essays have been longlisted for the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and the Short Works Prize and she has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Banff Centre. ELLESMERE, a mini-series co-written with Krista Foss, is currently under option by Buck Productions. She is a Senior Editor at Hamilton Review of Books and has an MA in English Literature from the University of Guelph.

  • Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: instruction & coaching in craft & practice
  • Manuscript consultation: developmental feedback and substantive editing
  • Copy editing & proofreading

woman with light brown hair and glasses in black shirtConcetta Principe, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Concetta Principe is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scholarship in the humanities and some intersections with social sciences and medical humanities. She has a PhD from York University and an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia University. She has seven book publications (fiction, poetry, non-fiction and monograph), countless publications in journals such as The Malahat Review, Grain, The Matrix, Eastern Iowa Review, and has been the recipient of scholarly awards (Ontario Graduate Studies) and arts awards (Ontario Arts Council). In literary competitions, she has received the Bressani prize for poetry and was short-listed for The Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke creative non-fiction award and long-listed for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Personal Essay award. Those short-listed/long-listed essays appear in her latest publication, Stars Need Counting: Essays on Suicide (Gordon Hill Press). She has twenty-five years of experience as an editor and 10 years of experience teaching writing skills and creative writing in the academy.

  • Narrative Non-fiction (memoir, life writing, the Personal Essay, speculative memoir, etc.)
  • General knowledge non-fiction (long form journalism; research-based book length projects)
  • Academic writing (monographs, dissertations)
  • Fiction (short, long, novel, autofiction, etc.)

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Elizabeth Ruth, Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Elizabeth Ruth has published three novels: Ten Good Seconds of Silence  (2001, Dundurn and Random House, Germany), Smoke (2005, Penguin Canada and Random House, Germany), and Matadora (2013, Cormorant Books), a GoodReads novella in plain language for adult literacy learners entitled Love You To Death, and an anthology, Bent On Writing: contemporary queer tales, she compiled and edited based on work presented at a reading series she founded and curated.  Her work has been recognized by the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, The Amazon.ca Best First Novel Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and One Book, One Community Program. She holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. For 20 years she has taught creative writing through SCS at University of Toronto, and mentored writers through the Humber School for Writers’ Correspondence Program, Diaspora Dialogues, and various writer-in-residencies. In 2019, Elizabeth was invited to be the Berton House Writer-in-Residence, in Dawson City, Yukon.  

  • Manuscript consultation: developmental feedback & substantive editing (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Memoir and personal essays. Feminist work and writing that challenges the status quo. LGBTQ+ writing.
  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: instruction & coaching in craft and practice. Novels. CNF.

headshot Marcia Walker, Writing Instructor for One Lit PlaceMarcia Walker, Instructor, Mentor, Fiction & Nonfiction

Marcia Walker’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times, Fiddlehead, Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux fiction award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.

headshot of fair woman with blond hairJessica de Bruyn, Writing Coach & Editor, KidLit/Genre/Popular Fiction, Screenwriting

Jessica has been studying storytelling for more than twenty years, working in theatre, film and book publishing. She is a graduate of the Drama program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough where she specialized in playwriting, the Writing program at Vancouver Film School, and is currently completing her final course of the Publishing program at Ryerson University. She is also currently completing the Creative Writing program at the University of Toronto. In addition to working independently as a developmental editor and writing coach, Jessica has also been an editor and consultant for several literary agencies and for the past five years has been a judge for the Ink & Insights writing contest. She is currently on the executive of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada and is the co-host of the podcast Pub Hub, a behind-the-scenes look into the publishing industry. Jessica has also worked in branding and online content for over a decade, working on projects ranging from online stores, to real estate sites to quiz apps and online workshops.

  • Fiction (specializing in KidLit, Speculative and Popular): Coaching & Developmental Editing
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Coaching & Developmental Editing
  • Submission Materials: Fiction Query Letters, Non-Fiction Book Proposals or Film and Television Treatment Critiques & Coaching
  • Screenwriting: Coaching & Developmental Editing
  • Web Copy & Blogging
  • Online quiz and workshop development

woman smiling in red scarfBrenda Vander Zanden, Writing Coach and English Training & Business Coaching, Copy Writing, Copy Editing

Brenda is a Mindfulness and Mindset Coach. Before becoming a coach, she received her Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from York University and obtained a certification in English as an Additional Language (EAL). She has been teaching Business Communications and EAL for more than 10 years. In addition to her penchant for editing and English grammar, her interest in wellness has allowed her to write articles for wellness blogs. When she’s not teaching or editing, you will either find running after her twins, practicing yoga or creating content for her social media account.
  • Coaching, developmental and substantive editing, manuscript review
  • Business reports, documents, presentations, coursework
  • Academic Writing: research papers, dissertations, professional articles
  • Tutoring: undergraduate & graduate, EAL
  • General Nonfiction: blog posts, book reviews, personal journaling

Dr. Liat Radcliffe Ross, Editor, Academic & Nonfiction

Liat earned her PhD in international relations from the University of Oxford. For more than 15 years, Liat has been a freelance editor specializing in academic and non-profit work. She has worked in academia, print journalism, policy research and finance in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. 

  • Academic Articles
  • Business documentation, writing & editing

Erin Bertram Headshot writing coach editor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comDr. Erin M. Bertram, Coach & Editor, Poetry, Nonfiction, Hybrid, Academic (Temporarily on leave)

Dr. Erin’s cross-genre memoir It’s Not a Lonely World (Trembling Pillow Press, forthcoming 2020) was awarded the 2016 and 2017 Karen Dunning Creative Activity Awards, and their thirteen chapbooks include Relief Map (winner, 2016 Summer Tide Pool Prize) and Body of Water (winner, 2007 Frank O’Hara Award). A published finalist in the 2013 Diagram Hybrid Essay Contest and two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, they have 15+ years of experience as a writing tutor and college English teacher at Augustana College, Northern Illinois University, and elsewhere, and have coached individual writers and facilitated writing workshops in settings across the Midwest. Their specialties include lyric prose, research-based writing, gender & sexuality, marginal positionality, and resilience. They earned their MFA in Creative Writing with a certificate in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and their PhD in English/Creative Writing with a specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they were a 2017-18 Maude Hammond Fling Fellow.  They have also completed continuing ed coursework in documentary studies and graduate coursework in counseling.  Their current project, the cross-genre biography The Vanishing of Camille Claudel, has been a finalist for the [Pank] Book Series.  They live with their wife amid field and forest in northern Illinois.

  • Intuitive, mindfulness, narrative-based, & social justice-informed approach to working with clients
  • Creative Writing: poetry, creative non-fiction, hybrid texts
  • Manuscript Consultation: developmental feedback, substantive editing, proofreading
  • Navigating the Edge: guidance for LGBTQ+, introvert, cross-genre, & minority writers
  • General Nonfiction: blog posts, book reviews, vows, memorials, personal journaling
  • Academic Writing: research papers, dissertations, professional articles
  • The Writing Life: writing practice, submission process, idea generation, writer’s block
  • Tutoring: undergraduate & graduate, incl. first-generation, non-traditional, ELL

headshot of writer for One Lit Place Dr. Karen Skeaff (Quevillon), Mentor, Writing Coach & Editor, Academic, Fiction & Nonfiction

Karen earned her PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University and holds Masters degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Toronto and York University. She has taught business writing, academic writing, creative writing, literature and liberal studies courses at Ontario colleges and universities for the past decade. Her first novel, The Parasol Flower, is forthcoming in August 2020 (Regal House Publishing) under her pen name Karen Quevillon. Karen’s short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry has been published in venues such as Geist Magazine, Grain, In/Words, CV2, FreeFall Literary, The Fieldstone Review, and Obra/Artifact

  • academic articles, dissertations, conference papers
  • popular intellectual nonfiction, general nonfiction, self-help
  • blog writing, life writing, personal essays
  • business reports, documents, presentations
  • creative writing including novels and short fiction
  • coaching, developmental and substantive editing, manuscript review

woman smiling in black leather jacketVanessa Grant, B2B Copywriting & Marketing

Vanessa Grant communicates the ideas you don’t know how to put into words. A classically-trained journalist and former fashion and beauty editor, Vanessa has more than 10 years of experience working in online media. She helps small businesses create branded content that’s strategic, smart and shareable. Vanessa has worked for Shaw Media and The Kit and has been published in Flare, Today’s Parent, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Parents Canada, CBC.ca and theloop.ca, among others.

  • Blogs & Articles
  • Web Copy
  • Press Releases & Media Outreach

Our Creative Team

Pascale Potvin Assistant for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comPascale Potvin, Social Media Manager, Translation (French)

Pascale has fiction featured in New Reader Magazine and The Writing Disorder, plus a film in distribution by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. She has just received her BAH from Queen’s University, and she is working on a budding book trilogy. She has provided design and/or social media management for One Lit Place, MagneTree Books, Money-Ready, and other private clients.


Razili Datta, Programming Consultant

Razili is a program management and communications consultant specializing in international development programs who moonlights as a virtual community facilitator and content curator. She earned a BA in Economics and Government from Smith College and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Born and raised in northern California, Razili has lived in western Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and New Delhi, and currently resides in Toronto where she has learned to complain about the winters like a native.

  • Corporate and nonprofit report writing
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Presentation writing and development

Isabelle Beauvais Private Instructor and French Translator for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comIsabelle Beauvais, Translation, Private Instruction (French)

Isabelle holds an M.A. from the University of Toronto, Canada in Child Studies and Education, and a B.A. from the University of Ottawa in History and Sociology. As a French Immersion primary school teacher in  Toronto, Isabelle promotes bilingualism and the significance of its associated sociolinguistic variants in her classroom. She has performed translation for the University of Ottawa and for National Defence.


One Lit Place Trusted Partners

Astrid Supcito-Low owner of Bloomtools Toronto headshot for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comAstrid Sucipto-Low, Web Design/Digital Marketing & Communications, Digital Pixie

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Astrid Sucipto is a digital marketing and communications tech expert whose mission is to make digital marketing easy for small business owners. With a focus on building lead generation funnels, she helps with the setup of landing pages, drip emails, online courses and general email marketing. By doing this work for small business owners, she frees up their time which allows them to focus their time and energy on strategy, revenue and growth. 

headshot woman in glasses with brown hairJane Brind, Resumés, CVs, and LinkedIn Profiles, ZIF HR

Jane has put in her 10,000 hours working in Human Resources, specializing in Recruitment.  Working in Vancouver, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, and Toronto with companies ranging from large multinationals to small startups, Jane has reviewed over 50,000 résumés, conducted thousands of interviews, and negotiated hundreds of job offers.  Jane is happy to share her insight and expertise to benefit each client with their unique career & job search needs.