Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Creative & Professional Writing)
The Nature of Narrative (class)
Student Development and Student Experience (class)
I provided writing/editing/storytelling support to my colleagues across Student Affairs:
I was the Community Manager for www.RyersonStudentAffairs.com—soliciting, brainstorming, supporting, line/copy editing, and preparing content for posting. I worked closely not only with RyersonSA's staff, but guest writers from institutions across Canada and the US.
I consulted on integrating the elements of storytelling into Student Affairs projects, adding engaging content for a variety of audiences including students, staff, faculty, and campus partners.
I used my writing, editing, and storytelling skills/experience to support colleagues and students to tell interesting and engaging stories about their work, experiences, musings, ambitions, and goals, through a variety of mediums (including blog articles, social media, press releases, presentations, and grant proposals).
I created and ran several workshops on writing for colleagues, which included a broad range of storytelling skills:
- How to write engaging blog articles.
- How to edit your own work.
- How to recognize and integrate the elements of narrative (character, plot, setting, conflict) into your projects.
I wrote a variety of articles for the #RyersonSA blog, on topics ranging from identity, "Reports Worth Reading", transitional experiences, personal/professional reflection, process, humour, community, and—for one fateful Movember—my beard...
Content & Communications
Ryerson University 2014–2017
McLaughlin College, York University
During my time at university, I became involved with MacMedia, one of York’s student-run, college papers.
I started by submitting articles to the publication in my 1st year. The following year, I was one of only two people (the second being an editor on staff) to have an article in all 8 monthly issues. In my 3rd year I became an editor on staff, continuing to write for each issue while also editing submissions to the Arts section. Finally, in my 4th/5th years, I was elected to be Editor-in-Chief, where I continued to write monthly, edit articles, and organize & lead the editor team.
Adventures in Storytelling
I started www.AdventuresInStorytelling.ca as a way to reflect on my writing process, in order to improve and understand my craft. At the same time, I saw it as a place where I could build a community of storytellers—from across mediums—able to support, inspire, and challenge one another to be better storytellers.
That Friend who edits
My entire life...
I’ve always been called upon by friends, co-workers, supervisors, and family to “take a quick look” at essays, birthday cards, letters, pitches, nominations, speeches, short stories, and more.
If it’s written down, at some point a person I know has asked me to pull out my editor’s cap and give it a once over. One may think that over the years I’d start to get tired of it, but in truth, my passion to share stories extends to helping others share theirs. I enjoy editing and I’ve never shied away from sharing that skill.