I was born in Vancouver, BC. In my misspent youth, I dabbled in poetry and worked as a freelance and full-time newspaper reporter, both locally and in Toronto. But for most of my career, I taught academic, business, and professional writing and communications for post-secondary institutions in Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Troy, NY. My most recent position with Simon Fraser University’s Student Learning Commons gave me a capstone opportunity to develop writing workshops across disciplines and train peer tutors to help other student writers.
I’ve also created customized writing workshops for a number of public and private organizations and adapted writing and grammar courses for wholly online delivery.
Writing Services Coordinator, Student Learning Commons, Simon Fraser University (2006 – 2008 and 2013 – 2020) • developed and delivered writing workshops to support courses across disciplines, including business and the sciences • created an online self-study course on language structure and grammar • trained student consultants and teaching assistants to support writing • worked with faculty writers on plain language and good writing habits
Writing Instructor, University of British Columbia(2008 – 2013) • adapted and taught the Writing Centre’s “Getting Ahead with Grammar” course for online students. • developed and taught the first communication strategies course in the Faculty of Forestry • developed, coordinated, and taught the first multi-sectioned, multi-modal business writing course in the Sauder School of Business • taught technical writing in the Faculty of Applied Science
Other Experience (1994 – 2006) • Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Academic Writing (now Dept. of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications), University of Winnipeg • President, Canadian Association for Teachers of Technical Writing (now Canadian Society for the Study of Discourse and Writing) • Member, Society for Technical Communication, Manitoba Chapter