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Philip Sherwood. Writer, editor, interviewer

 I'm the owner of and our principal writer, editor, and interviewer. I also manage projects from start to finish, making sure that all the little details are attended to. For several years I’ve worked as a freelance writer / editor and adult educator and during that time, I’ve become increasingly passionate about helping people tell their stories. It’s enormously rewarding to see individuals drawing, as someone put it, the extraordinary out of their seemingly “ordinary” lives. As a result, I have become convinced that just as there is no “normal,” there is no ordinary.

A key to the success of any storytelling project is that the process is centred on the storyteller — honouring their wishes at every stage and ensuring that their story is told in their voice and preserved in a format of their choosing. That’s important to me. While I facilitate and provide professional assistance, the wishes of the storyteller must ultimately guide the process.

In addition to my BA in Adult Education and Provincial Instructor's Diploma, I have received invaluable professional training in the Writing and Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, where I completed three certificates: Editing, Publishing, and Marketing. I also keep up with new developments by attending workshops and conferences sponsored by The Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.

If you feel you may have a story that is waiting to be told, give me a call toll free at 800.864.9152 or
email me. I'd be happy to chat with you and make some suggestions on how you can proceed. It won't cost you anything, and there is no obligation.

Professional Development (conferences, workshops, and courses)

Writing and Publishing Program, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
Profile Writing
• Journalist Interviews
• Creative Magazine Writing: Stories that Live
• Symposium on the Book: From Memories to Memoir

Editors’ Association of Canada
Developing an In-House Style Guide
• Building Your Editing Business
• Clear and Concise: Guidelines for Style
• Strategies for Book Editing
Annual Conference 2011, Vancouver, B.C.
Writers’ Union of Canada
Making the Leap to Writing as a Career
Association of Personal Historians
Annual Conference 2006. Portland, Oregon
• Program Committee, 2010 Conference. Victoria, B.C.
Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, CA
• Annual Legacy Oral History Workshop, 2009.
Author / Editor Clinic, Seattle, WA
Manuscript Session
• Developmental Editing — Book-length Creative Nonfiction
• The Business of Freelance Developmental Editing

 Professional Affiliations
• Editors’ Association of Canada.
• Association of Personal Historians.

"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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Read More... provides a broad range of services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These include freelance editor, freelance writer, ghost writer, publication design, book design, personal historian, transcription services, memoirs, family history, corporate history, life stories, biographies, autobiographies. Lifewriters is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.