I’ve been obsessed with words my entire life. Put it this way: did you ever order books at school through Scholastic? If so, did you ever hear about an 11-year-old kid ordering a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a grammar guide from one of those flyers? Well, I was that kid.
I’ve now made good on that obsession by working with small businesses and marketing companies looking for clear, engaging, and consistent content. Whether it’s writing or editing, my goal is to make sure that your website, blog, article, or marketing copy is the best it can be.
I graduated from Trent University with a B.A. in two majors: Women’s Studies and International Development Studies. Trent’s focus on interdisciplinary education has served me well beyond graduation, as I have applied my skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts — freelance, corporate, non-profit, and volunteer.
A year after completing my B.A., I enrolled in Ryerson University’s publishing program and learned — to my delight — that editing meant more than just nitpicking over commas. It also meant fact-checking, ferreting out gaps in logic, and fixing “infelicities in communication” (How I love that phrase!) to boot.
I graduated from Ryerson’s publishing program with the following courses under my belt:
- Overview: Education
- Overview: Trade
- Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports
- Production for Books, Journals, and Reports
- Substantive Editing
- Fiction Editing
- Electronic Publishing
- Introduction to Book Design
Memberships and volunteer activity
I am a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada. I am also part of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, a not-for-profit writing association based just east of Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, I served on the WCDR’s Board of Directors, first as Secretary then as Web Liaison. I also read short fiction submissions for Electric Velocipede starting in October 2012 and ending with the magazine’s closure at the end of 2013. As of January 2014, I currently read submissions for Lightspeed.