Year in Review: 2016

Fun with an iPhone in the backcountry … but I’m missing a hand!

While many people are bemoaning 2016 as the worst year in memory – with numerous celebrity deaths, Brexit and America’s electoral self-mutilation – the year was pretty decent for me, professionally speaking. Here’s a quick look at a few career highlights from the past 12 months.

Freelance to Full-Time

After a year of dedicating three days a week to my Content Strategist gig at NOW Magazine in Toronto (the rest of my time going to freelance copywriting work for a number of clients), I made the leap to a five-day schedule. The last time I had a full-time gig was as a staff copywriter at Vancouver Film School, so this was a significant shift for me.

On the plus side, I love what I do and have been a part of some pretty big projects. I run the contests, write all the sponsored content and lead marketing efforts for our new platforms like NOW Access and NOW Tickets. There are rarely enough hours in the day to get it all done – which keeps things exciting for me.

A New Fiction Mentorship

A 2015 fiction writing mentorship at UBC helped me produce a ‘proof of concept’ draft of my first novel. I spent a good deal of 2016 making revisions and bulking up the manuscript. After finishing my second draft, I was offered a scholarship from Humber College for a seven-month mentorship with Giller Prize winner David Bergen (The Time in Between, Stranger). I’ve already started the program and will be working towards a much stronger manuscript by mid-summer.

Prodigals Creeps Towards the Big Screen

Since I adapted my first play into a screenplay and sold it to Vancouver’s Whiskaye Films in 2015, I’ve been waiting to see how the story would translate to the big screen. There have been some significant challenges along the way, but 2017 should see the film’s release and offer a broader audience a chance to see the story I created to reflect some aspects of my youth in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Plenty more updates coming on all of this stuff in the near future!


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