About

Making your writing more seamless, one word at a time…

Hi! I’m Nicole Roccas, PhD, editor and writing coach at The Writer’s Loom. 

My biggest creative outlet is communicating–whether honing my own writing or helping others do the same.

Next on my list of favorite creative outlets is knitting, even though I’m not very good at it. I love the repetition, I love the combination of color and technique, and I love how it culminates in a finished product I can see and feel.

But what I don’t love is that it confronts me with my tendency toward perfectionism. How many projects I’ve started in hope, but stopped when I couldn’t handle the messiness of creative work. Even when you don’t make an actual mistake, any knitting projects inevitably go through a loose-endy, adolescent phase. It’s the awkward homestretch after you’ve finished (or nearly finished) the knitting but haven’t yet woven in the loose ends or blocked the stitches to make them more uniform. Every project must endure that valley, and the knitting often looks messiest and ugliest just before completing those minor, endgame steps. 

 

 

I can’t help but perceive connections between these two modes of creating–writing and knitting. Both begin with disparate strands, both require weaving in the loose ends, and both can culminate in something that brings greater warmth and vibrancy into the world.

As an editor and coach at The Writer’s Loom, I’m here to guide you through the toughest phases of creative effort–the dreary middle-of-the project valley, the last steps of copy and stylistic editing. By working alongside you, the author, I help make your writing as seamless as it can be.

 

I got my start as an editor in graduate school. While completing my MA in German Studies and my PhD in European History, I learned to polish both my writing and that of my colleagues and students. It was also in graduate school I realized that I was more concerned about how people communicated their message than about their actual scholarship or research. I grew disheartened by the swell of academic books and articles whose arguments were difficult to discern through the haze of jargon. I wanted to make a positive dent in written discourses–whether those of academia or other nonfiction venues–by helping writers communicate in more compelling and articulate ways. 

I brought the skills I learned in graduate school with me into the field of editing and coaching. For nearly five years, I’ve been working alongside accomplished and aspiring writers through the highs and the lows of the writing process.

Along with assisting private authors at all stages of the publishing process, I have worked under contract with academics, publishers, and organizations. In the past, I’ve also served as Vice Chair and Communications Chair for Editors Toronto, and as editorial assistant for Early Modern Cultural Studies, a book series published through the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (Victoria College, Toronto). 

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