Jon Peirce
Customized Writing Services
Jon Peirce

Jon Peirce Ph.D. (English literature), M.I.R. (Industrial Relations)

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I've been retired from my job as a union labour relations officer for nearly three years. I've had a busy and productive retirement. Among other things, I've done quite a bit of writing, taught several classes at the Seniors' College of Nova Scotia, and served on two community boards. I've even returned to the stage after a 46-year intermission, playing Judge Omar Gaffney in a Dartmouth Players' production of Harvey. Current writing projects include a memoir, a novel about baseball, and a collection of short stories.

My consulting practice focuses on preventive mentoring, guidance on memoir-writing, big-picture manuscript evaluation, and individual coaching as well as small-group workshops on a broad range of writing and editing topics. In my practice, my primary aim is to teach people how to edit their own work rather than have me do the job for them. Workshop and individual mentoring topics include: Conceptualizing the Book-Length Project, Writing and Time Management, and Fun Writing for Stressed-Out People. I also offer introductory and advanced editing workshops and initial evaluations of book-length projects.

Please phone or e-mail me for more information about the services I offer, or to discuss rates.

I have now been writing and editing for more than four decades. Highlights include:

  • Publication of a book of essays, Social Studies, with Friesen Press
  • Publication of an introductory industrial relations text, Canadian Industrial Relations, now in its third edition with Pearson Education Canada (formerly Prentice-Hall Canada)
  • Stints as a reporter and editor in daily newspapers in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Experience teaching writing and editing workshops for OIW
  • Twenty-five years' experience as a freelancer, including publications in the Christian Science Monitor, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Forum, Ottawa Citizen, Books in Canada, Kingston Whig-Standard, Winnipeg Free Press, and Halifax Chronicle-Herald
  • Experience teaching writing and editing workshops for OIW
  • Experience teaching writing classes for the Seniors' College of Nova Scotia
  • Five years' experience as a researcher-writer-editor for the Economic Council of Canada
  • Service as senior researcher and writer on the Fryer Committee on labour-management relations in the federal public service