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.
Education and training
As of May 2018, I am a certified copy editor courtesy of Editors Canada’s certification program. This program is meant for editors with at least 5 years of experience in the industry, and is an increasingly-recognized measure of excellence within the field.
The foundation for my editorial skills came from completing Ryerson University’s publishing program, where I 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 in 2011, and have since worked in a variety of editorial roles involving content management, user experience (UX), SEO, and web copywriting skills. In addition to my editorial background, I have a BA in Women’s Studies and International Development Studies from Trent University. Trent’s focus on interdisciplinary education has given me the foundation to apply my skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts — freelance, corporate, non-profit, and volunteer.
Memberships and volunteer activity
I have been a member of Editors Canada since 2009, and have volunteered for multiple committees and events managed by the association. 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.