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"Applying a methodical yet devotional approach to writing and art-making,

the act of creation becomes a deeply relational one – between the self and ‘other,’

or, that which moves through. The product: one that is stratified with

substance, subtext, and subtlety."

THE ALTAR(ED) SLATE is an in-spirited literary platform publishing vision-compatible works and offering professional writing and manuscript services.


Heatherlie Allison

Curator at


For the past 16 years, HEATHERLIE has been writing, developing, and analyzing texts in professional, artistic, and academic settings. She has worked as a writer, editor, educator, and curriculum designer, assisting writers both published and unpublished, ranging in age from pre-teen to the elderly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Facilitating support and/or action plans for writers of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, scholarly, and hybrid forms

  • Deciphering the transformative potential present in a work

  • Advising writers through emotional and/or psychological barriers hindering output

  • Generating prescriptive exercises of an experiential nature that will enhance the multidimensionality of a work

  • Locating areas of a text that could benefit from either the addition or excision of figurative technique or more grounding language choices

  • Guiding readers as they navigate the nuances of literature


"I have been working with Heatherlie Allison for the last ten years. Without a doubt, she is a scholar of concepts and language, often pressing the boundaries of form. She has taught me a lot about the power of being present in my work and becoming open to the idea of writing as its own entity. This has helped me discover a sense of play and more humility in my writing. In our discussions, she has been unfailingly creative and thorough, adding the richness of her aesthetic preferences and her knowledge of the arts and culture. I find her to be a warm, ebullient, and compassionate professional, truly committed to the craft of writing; I cannot recommend her highly enough."


"Heatherlie Allison's skill as a reader and editor is masterful. I have never worked with anyone more insightful. She has a penetrating eye that simultaneously perceives multiple levels of a work, and she has helped me transform multiple projects. I have sought her expertise on everything from a novel-length work to short stories, and in every case, her questions and feedback have helped me produce work that is more grounded, more rigorous, and more effective. Heatherlie Allison possesses a rare level of discernment from which my work has undoubtedly benefitted, and I trust her processes completely."


"Heatherlie is a force to witness in action. She intuitively pulls from where genius resides in each of her students. As writing becomes their newfound medium of empowerment, I have watched them unfold in ways that I have not seen before. I have also consulted Heatherlie as an editor to help improve my own writing. She has worked with me in a similar fashion to her students. The engagement of her critiques is beyond what I have encountered. She has helped me realize (without stating it) how attachment to my first drafts has stifled the efficacy of my thinking, and hence the quality of the writing itself. I have much respect for the guiding talents of this woman."


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