“Margaret guided me through my manuscript, listening to what I had to say and making solid suggestions. She was always clear that the manuscript was my work and it had to remain true to the story I wanted to tell. In the end, Oil Change at Rath’s Garage (the working title of my manuscript) was the story I wanted to tell, strengthened greatly by Margaret’s guidance.-SHARI NARINE,AUTHOR OF Oil Change at Rath’s Garage (forthcoming Thistledown Press 2017)
“Margaret kindly read my manuscript (well beyond the number of pages she had to), reviewed it with me and conducted a mini-seminar on various issues, most importantly on maintaining point of view. I left encouraged and oh-so-much wiser about how to strengthen my work. “
– SARA COUMANTARAKIS
“I have shared with Margaret in a writing group for twenty years. Margaret enriches each discussion with her wealth of knowledge of both the art and craft of writing. Her comments are incisive and tempered with a sensitivity to the uniqueness and style of the writer.”-MARION BOOKER, AUTHOR OF Tadeo’s Search for Circles (Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2011),Noreen and The Amazing No-Good Horse, AND Hold the Oxo! A Teenage Soldier Writes Home
“Margaret has a deep lens for new texts and both understanding and feeling for what the writer wishes to say in the poem, story, memoir, novel.”-KATHERINE KOLLER, AUTHOR OF Art Lessons (Great Plains, 2016)
“Margaret Macpherson’s ability to approach a writer’s text with sensitivity, style, and a keen critical eye has played an instrumental part in my creative career. Margaret has critiqued a collection of my short stories, and never failed to a) catch a plot hole or area of inconstancy b) suggest important ways in which a story could be made stronger, such as a title change or truer adherence to overall theme c) display compassionate honesty when something simply isn’t working, entertaining, or excellent, and d) conjure in me a greater sense of enthusiasm and optimism regarding the work.
The success I’ve experienced as a direct result of Margaret’s critiques are tangible; of five stories she has assisted me with, four have achieved publication in professional paying literary markets, and two received peer recognition in the form of the 2014 Alberta Views Fiction Prize and the 2015 Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story. I can’t recommend Margaret’s services highly enough.”-KATIE BICKELL
Working with Margaret on my manuscript helped me discover my intention for writing and guided me to see deeper into my story. Like opening the curtains to view the world, she saw what I couldn’t. By gently nudging me to express myself more honestly, my words were transformed with a richness and excitement, I never dreamed possible. -JANICE MCCRUM