My Writing Story
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 12 years old, when I received a diary for Christmas. After collecting a small stack of rejection letters, I got my first publication at 15 when an essay about a family sailing trip, was published in a small sailing magazine.
I continued to write during high school and had a poem published in a national youth magazine, which made me a minor celebrity around school for a couple of weeks. Later, I published an opinion piece in the local newspaper that resulted in a change of school board policy. That was the first time I learned about the power of words.
Then, after receiving some withering criticism of my writing by a family member, I stopped writing for many years. I moved to Toronto and earned a degree in political science at the University of Toronto. I paid my own way through school, so there was little time for creative pursuits outside of school and work.
But the desire to write wouldn’t entirely go away. After university, I earned a graduate diploma in journalism and found my way into a career in communications. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been slowly making my way back to creative writing. I’ve had a few pieces published in the Globe and Mail, Bella Grace and Mabel magazine. I’m currently working on a collection of short stories inspired by fairy tales.
This website is about finding my way back into creative writing and reconnecting to the natural landscape that I was so eager to escape as a teenager.
I invite you to join the journey.