Writing is my way of life. I’ve been doing it with joy, curiosity, frustration and desire since I could hold a pencil. Since the mid 90’s, I’ve worked as a professional writing instructor and curriculum developer, writer/editor and consultant.
I teach onsite for organizations, at venues throughout the Lower Mainland.
I’ve lived in Vancouver since 1995, and I’ve taught writing workshops everywhere from the Vancouver Public Library and MOSAIC to the Vancouver General Hospital, CUPE and Alouette prison for women. I’ve also taught at Langara College and Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ContinuingStudies).
I’m a TESL-certified ESL instructor, a background I bring to training sessions for organizations with staff for whom English is a second language.
My editorial clients are colleges, businesses, nonprofits, artists, inventors and emerging and professional writers. It’s been my privilege to support my clients to express their vision with clarity, creativity and style.
Please see Clients and Venues for more information.
I studied at Ryerson University and graduated as a magazine journalist in 1994. I’ve written for a variety of Canadian magazines and newspapers, including the Globe and Mail and Georgia Straight. Please see my portfolio for samples of my writing.
I’ve worked in an assortment of staff positions for publications, from reporter for a Toronto inner city newspaper and features writer for a Guelph newspaper to co-editorial coordinator for a national women’s newspaper.
For 25 years, I’ve been working as writer, editor and consultant for individuals, businesses and nonprofits. I formalized my consultancy in 2005 in the form of Inkcat Media & Associates. In 2014, Inkcat became Vancouver Writing Courses to better encompass the teaching arm of my business. For information on my work as writer, editor and consultant, please see my new editorial website.
I’ve written with the benefit of Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants and wrote and produced a play for the Toronto Fringe Festival. For the past decade, my primary focus has been poetry, and I’ve read and performed my work at benefits, clubs and festivals around Vancouver, sometimes with the accompaniment of an ensemble of dancers and musicians.
In 2008, I published my first collection of poetry, Wildflowers at my Doorstep (Karma Press). In 2009, the book won an international Independent Book Publisher Book Award for poetry (silver). I’m currently circulating my second book for publication.
As an adjunct to my editorial work, I became a certified shiatsu practitioner in 1998. I supplemented the course with studies in healing touch, reiki, reflexology and body centred energy counselling. I practiced shiatsu and taught acupressure for self-care for five years. The client-centred approach of these modalities has increased my capacity to be sensitive to the needs of my students and clients as I support them to realize their practical and artistic visions. Please see Vancouver Pet Reiki for more information about my energy work.
Writing for Recovery
I’ve delighted to announce the recent launch of Writing for Recovery! Through this service, I offer creative writing workshops for people who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. I teach on-site at rehabilitation centres, privately and in venues throughout the Lower Mainland.
My goal as facilitator is to offer the writing process as a means to support participants to unlock their creative potential and increase their capacity for self-reflection. Scientific studies demonstrate that writing plays a significant role in physical and psychological healing. Whether participants choose a twelve-step-based recovery program, a SMART recovery program or another avenue, my classes provide a powerful asset in the journey to recovery.