I've been an editor and guide since 2002, helping writers and readers at all ages and stages to explore and expand their engagement with written words. From in-person meetings to email and Skype, I can meet you where you live. 

  • Interested in enriching your life through poetry, whether writing it, reading it, or both? I offer small group and one-on-one mentorship to help you do just that.
  • Looking for feedback on your poems? How I can help: from individual poem consultation to substantial manuscript development and revision. 
  • Ready to (re)kindle your own creative practice? Let me help you fire up those ideas you know are in you. Playful experiments and prompts will get you reconnecting with the power and surprise of the language of poetry.
  • Writing something for a website, publication or other purpose? I can be your second set of eyes, helping to make your piece sharper, clearer, brighter, more resonant -- whatever the circumstances require.
  • Class or book club looking to invite poetry to the table? I'm happy to visit! I can guide discussion on titles you choose or on things I think you will enjoy -- or talk about my own work and process. It's up to you.
Some of the workshops and studios I've led, often combining round table discussion with work in the field or gallery:
  • Wild Mind: Poetry & Wilderness: how poetry can re-wild us, awakening and connecting us with the wild in the everyday
  • Exciting the Toad: the imaginative power of language that excites idea and experience into poetry
  • Poetry & the Tiny Sea in the Ear: attending to what's in and around us, teasing the unusual out of the everyday, surprising expectation and sharpening expression
  • One Voice = Many Voices: a workshop in collaboration
  • A Little Concrete, A Little River: fostering tension and release in poems we write; following paths of poems we read
  • Art & the Poem: writing in response to art
Fees are calculated on an hourly or contract basis, depending on the type of service requested.

Manuscript reading/editing fees start at $75 for up to five pages of poetry. For details, see MANUSCRIPT SERVICES.

Contact me using the form on this page or email susan[at]susangillis[dot]ca.