Alyson Fortowsky, Editor

I teach English reading and writing skills at the college level. Students often ask if I truly notice weak writing in everyday settings, including in advertisements, newspapers and comment sections. I tell them I do because I have specific training and an aptitude, both of which partly result from lucky circumstances. So they ask: why does it matter?

Tone intersects with power in writing in subtle ways. A well-written document can persuade, for instance, or move. I am interested in making that kind of power accessible to writers, even – or especially – when they wish to deviate from or defy convention in particular ways. I can help establish a tone that appeals effectively to both emotion and logic, and establish credibility in documents by offering guidance on when to adhere to conventional standards and when to break them.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (2007, with distinction, creative writing concentration) and with a Master of Arts (2010) focused on contemporary literature. As a research assistant I wrote, proofread and edited more than twenty articles for the Orlando Project, an online encyclopedia of women writers. I have published short stories in several magazines across Canada, and was the main fiction editor for Wax Poetry and Art Magazine, which is based out of Calgary, from 2010 to 2015. I began teaching postsecondary reading, writing and literature courses in 2011. Currently, I am grateful to be able to live in Toronto on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Seneca and Mississauga Peoples. I read and write as often as I can.