A bit about me
I’m a successful freelance writer, editor, and instructional designer with extensive experience in higher education developing print and digital learning resources for publishers, educational institutions, nonprofits, and professional associations.
In addition to etextbooks, assessments, and online courses, I have written online tutorials for insurance professionals, created micolearning modules for homecare providers, developed social studies learning objects for high school students, and built university courses in a social learning experience platform. My background as a writer and editor, and my two decades in the education sector, give me a unique perspective on the value of high quality content to the learning experience, as well the critical importance of plain language, universal design, and diversity, equity & inclusion.
A little more about me...
My career as a writer and editor began with a letter-to-the-editor of my university campus newspaper. That letter prompted an invitation to join the newspaper’s staff and an eventual change of major from biology to English writing. Since then, I’ve been helping people communicate as a writer, editor, educator, and learning designer.
After completing an MA in English Language and Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo, I found my way to publishing school back home in Toronto. It was there that I discovered the job of book editor. Turns out, the development and production of books (and media) for higher education was a great fit for me. After a few years of valuable in-house editorial experience at two different publishers, I began my career as a freelance editor.
It was a dream job! I got to do the work I liked to do, when I wanted to do it. And long before the pandemic made this style of work mainstream, I got to work in comfortable clothes, just ten feet from my bedroom door. It seemed like heaven—my time was my own, I was free of office politics, and if I wanted to earn more money, I simply had to do more work. But after a few years, I fell into a never-leave-the-house freelancing rut. So, after eight years as an editor, I took on a new challenge and rediscovered myself as a writer.
Around this time, I also packed up my office, rented out my house, and set off on a new adventure as a digital nomad, travelling around the world with no fixed address for the better part of two years. I then spent the next few years dividing my time between Toronto and the rest of the world.
In 2019, I started a new chapter by completing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design at Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education. This has helped me to transfer my experience and expertise developing learning resources as a writer and editor into the role of instructional design. I’ve since furthered my professional development by completing the Teacher/Trainer for Online Learning certificate at Conestoga College.
Today, I live in Kitchener, Ontario. My client roster is relatively small because my clients keep me very busy. I continue to work in the education space as a developmental editor, content writer, and instructional designer—often all three together. And, as a writer-for-hire, I’ve also written over 30 books for young readers.
For more details on my qualifications, experience, and services, please visit my LinkedIn page; look for me on social as The Nomadic Editor.
Canadian Home Care Association
Insurance Institute of Canada
Thompson Educational Publishing
COSTI Immigrant Services
Great Place to Work
Brown Bear Books
Parcel Yard Press
University of Toronto Press
Toronto Metropolitan University