Each year, I post a round-up of the major changes, projects, and milestones in my writing career. As with previous years, 2015 was chock-full of creative development and surprises. Here are a few of them.
I completed a six-month creative writing mentorship through the University of British Columbia, during which I was able to create a “proof-of-concept” draft for my first novel. I’ve continued its development since then and hope to have a full revised draft by the end of 2016.
This past year also led to a few opportunities for me to publish more of my creative non-fiction writing. I wrote two essays for Full Stop – one on grieving literature, another on writers and social media – followed by a third piece for THIS Magazine on obedience and children.
In late September, I joined NOW Magazine as an Editorial Coordinator [edit: my title is now Content Strategist]. I’m responsible for developing and coordinating the execution of strategic partnerships with businesses that align with NOW’s vision. Or, more simply put: I’m the guy who makes friends between Sales and Editorial through sponsored content and unique editorial initiatives. It involves a lot of copywriting and creative problem solving. I love it.
I’ve found myself in a pretty unique niche as a copywriter for education institutions, having developed a client list that includes Vancouver Film School, the Toronto District School Board, and the National Film Board of Canada. Earlier this year, I also started working as a freelance copyeditor for Ryerson University through a business school professor who is an internationally syndicated columnist and venture capitalist.
It looks like 2016 is going to be a big year for my writing career. I’m excited to see how it all shakes out.