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Here is a small selection of my writing projects:

Feature Article:  Meet Chelsea’s Only Underwater Logger

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E-Book: A Quick Style Guide For Good Writing

One of my favourite projects ever: 17 pages of straight-forward business writing basics (click on the image to view). Produced for Industry Canada.

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Don’t Be A Jack

Snappy, punchy, somewhat cheeky online prose is one of my specialties. Learn all about Jack and get some Advice for Co-op Students.

14 Million Readers Can’t be Wrong

My series of short articles for the Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre was disseminated by NewsCanada, a PR wire service. The series was a real hit with editors all over Canada, generating a spectacular 14 million+ impressions in French and English in the first month of publication.

Here is a sample:

Oshawa, Like Toronto’s New Jersey

A cheeky little blog rant about Canada’s Motor City.

“Expressing Yourself in Tough Economic Times”

Feature article for The Local Biz magazine on art courses and workshops in the Durham Region.

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Grants and awards:

February 2011: Ontario Arts Council Grant for a work-in-progress — $12,000
January 2008:  Writer’s Trust Scholarship — $1000
Spring 1995: Carleton University Short Story Contest — Third Prize
 

Nice Things Famous Writers Have Said To Me:

“I read the submission and felt it was first-rate. The great thing about
it is, even though its written in a light style, and seems from time to
time whimsical and let’s say “frothy,” the characters have great depth
and verisimilitude. Your characters leap off the page.” -Paul Quarrington (Author of “Whale Music” and “King Leary”)

“This is very, very good. Your characters are incredibly real. If you don’t keep writing, I’ll be very disappointed.” -Bruce Jay Friedman (screenwriter, “You’ve Got Mail” and “Splash,” novelist, journalist).

 

The Ottawa Citizen
Article: Industry Associations: Setting Standards for Consumer Safety
Article: Protecting Intellectual Property for Canada’s Prosperity
February 15, 2002

The West Quebec Post, Aylmer, Quebec
News article: Mayor Charbonneau’s Lousy Night

The Low Down to Hull and Back News, Wakefield, Quebec
Feature: Gatineau’s Underwater Loggers
Feature: Just Your Average Teen Fighting Cancer
Article: Chelsea Gallery:  New Gallery in an Old Town
Feature: TransCanada Trail: I’ll Take the Low Road
Feature: Sculptor Gives Pearson Monument Second Shot
Article: The Legend of the Black Sheep Inn
Article: Folk Legend Eric Anderson at the Black Sheep Inn
Article: Spazz Rocker back at the Black Sheep with Tom Green Sidekick
Article: Finest Kind at the Black Sheep Inn
Article: Learning to Canoe with Becky Mason a Visual Treat

UMM “Urban Male Monthly” national magazine
Feature: Canada’s Street Angels

Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Ontario
Article: Getting Through that First Year U
Article: Downloading School Supplies in the Information Age
 

Metro Entertainment Weekly, Ottawa, Ontario

Article: The Parc Studio: Get out of the Garage and Into the Groove
Article: Ottawa Woman Fights to Fight Fires
Article: Opera Lyra Fundraiser
Article: Tom Green Assaults Journalist with Shaving Cream
Feature: Takin’ It Easy with Terri Clark
Feature: Wade Hayes, portrait of a cowboy

Memories of Chinatown
Have more Baklava, Darling
Reel Club Drags out Queens for Oscar Night
Fundraiser a Funky Bash
Empire Grill: Sophisticated Grill for the Adult Palate
Vietnamese Eatery a Charmer
Old Chelsea’s Pastry Treats
Passover, the Mother of All Feasts