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Writing

  • Journalism: Write articles for web sites, magazines and newspapers
  • Business: Write profiles, book proposals, web copy, position papers, annual reports, RFPs, indexes, case studies and critiques
  • Creative: Write manuscripts for popular fiction novels (two published), poetry (won the MSVU Art Prompts Writing competition for this poem), blog posts (won MSVU Best Blogger award for this post), works of creative nonfiction, short stories

Editing

  • Nonfiction: Perform substantive editing, copy-editing, proofreading and indexing of non-fiction materials at all stages of development
  • Fiction: Work with authors on manuscript development
  • Academic: Perform academic editing of grant proposals, theses and papers for graduate students and professors ensuring overall readability and grammatical accuracy, as well as making sure formatting and references match style requirements

Consulting & Workshops

  • Teach workshops including The Personal Essay (Fall 2016) and True Storie: Well Told (April 2016) through the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia. 
  • Manage media relations for clients including media training and writing for the media audience
  • Teach writing workshops to primary and junior high, high school and post-secondary students
  • Teach customized writing workshops for adults
  • Manage development of books from conception through to publishing and promotion
  • Plan events including professional development seminars and business networking events
  • Consult on messaging, tone, image and effectiveness of communication materials

Rates are by written word, hour or project and can be negotiated.


Featured Samples

 

Editor, Folia Montana
Mount Saint Vincent University
 Magazine for Alumnae & Friends
September 2011 — September 2014

I determined each issue's theme and content, identified and liaised with contributors, and developed good working relationships with students, professors, directors, the president's office and fellow alumnae. I also wrote copy (including the cover story), edited the entire publication, oversaw art direction with the designer, and set strategic editorial direction. The pdf of the Fall 2014 issue can be seen here.

 

Author, Some of My Parts
In the Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL anthology, September 2014

My young adult story about coping with body image insecurities was published independently as an electronic short for download and was included in the printed book Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL anthology (Fierce Ink Press). It became a Quill and Quire Kidlit Book of the Year 2014.

Order copies through Fierce Ink Press.
                                                                                                                                                            

Editorial Consultant, Take as Directed
“Your Prescription for Safe Health-Care in Canada”
Published by ECW Press of Toronto, September 2010

For this project I used my expertise in health journalism and connections to industry leaders to manage editorial direction, write the book proposal, secure a national publisher, plan and source content, copy-edit chapters, and consult with the publisher on design and promotion. In its first week in book stores, Take as Directed became Nova Scotia's top selling non-fiction book. It has since sold more than 10,000 copies.