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Essential Edits Staff

Dr. Robert Runté

Robert Runté, Ph.D. (Senior Academic Editor, Writing Coach)
Robert took early retirement from the University of Lethbridge to become a full-time editor; in particular, the role of Senior Editor at Five Rivers Publishing, a Canadian small press based in Ontario. He has so far edited over 30 books for Five Rivers, two of which were shortlisted for Aurora Awards. During his career as an academic, he has coedited a fiction anthology and a popular university textbook; written 15 book chapters, 14 journal articles, 7 encyclopedia entries, 3 commissioned government reports, and 1 curriculum resource (over 80,000 visits); presented 67 conference papers, 36 faculty, university and community presentations; and self-published ten open source resources (see the links page for those relevant to writers). As an experienced thesis supervisor and committee member, he has helped students write award- and scholarship-winning theses, and two of the theses he supervised were subsequently published as books.

You can see Dr. Runté in this one-minute video excerpt on teaching and research at the UofL; or in this two-minute video about acquiring and developing books for Five Rivers Publishing, presented at launch of A Time and a Place by Joe Mahoney; or listen to his thirty-minute speech on English teachers, fan fiction, and the future of publishing, as Editor Guest at When Words Collide (2016).

Dr. Runté's Full CV.


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Popular education textbook
co-edited by Dr. Runté

Elizabeth McLachlan (Editor and Writing Coach)
Elizabeth is the author of four Western Canadian non-fiction works published from NeWest Press: With Unshakeable Persistence: Rural Teachers of the Depression Era, Unfailing Dedication: Rural Teachers in the War Years, Gone But Not Forgotten: Tales of the Disappearing Grain Elevators, and Herbert Has Lots for a Buck (about small town Alberta—including the Town of Herbert—coming up with plans for revitalization). She also writes for a variety of magazines, including the University of Lethbridge's Legacy. She has served as a jury member for the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the High Plains Book Award. Elizabeth has been editing and mentoring aspiring writers since 1999 and has worked with Brindle & Glass Publishing, TouchWood Editions, and Heritage House Publishing. She provides editing and coaching for thesis, dissertation, and non-fiction manuscripts. Elizabeth is focused on serving clients in a safe, non-threatening, supportive, and friendly manner. She can meet with writers in person or work exclusively through e-mail and phone. Her approachable, easygoing style is a balm to writers who may be nervous about being edited. She is also available for workshops on writing. For thesis and dissertation work, Elizabeth is familiar with both Chicago and APA style guides.

McLachlan's Full Resumé.


One of Elizabeth's four popular non-fiction books.

Lesley Little (Editor and Writing Coach)
Lesley has thirty years' experience as a freelance book reviewer and writer for publications such as Books in Canada, Resource Links Magazine, Monday Magazine, Lethbridge Living, and the Lethbridge Herald. As a member of the Mudlarks Writers Collective she juried submissions, edited, and designed the layout for Rags: Southern Alberta's literary journal for ten years. Lesley co-authored the popular, Knock, Knock, Who's There?: A Walking Tour Full of Cottage Folklore, Gossip, and Tall Tales! She edited A Family Hiking Guide for Waterton Lakes National Park, by Brenda Lenko. Although seldom at a loss for words, Lesley subscribes to the Hemingway school of clarity through simplicity: "All you have to do is write one true sentence."

Popular guide coauthored by Little.

Kathryn Shalley (Editor)
Kathryn began her editing career working with Dr. Runté at Five Rivers Publishing, where she worked on a variety of projects including A Time and a Place by Joe Mahoney and Avians by Timothy Gwyn. More recently, she has worked with Edge Publishing in Calgary. Kathryn is a graduate of Mount Royal University with an honours BA in English; her thesis focused on gender analysis of dialogue in young adult fantasy fiction. Kathryn was also student co-editor ofÊIn My Memories Like That, a collection of memoirs and stories by Mount Royal University students created in collaboration with Calgary seniors and supervised by poet Richard Harrison, winner of the Governor General Award for poetry. Kathryn works with memoir, fiction and general nonfiction and is Essential Edits' MLA format specialist.

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Last updated: March 8, 2018