THE SHORT STORY
I've been a freelance writer and editor for over a decade. I opened my own business called Cursor Communications in 2013 providing writing and marketing services to clients, but later returned to operating under my own name as a freelancer. Currently, I write online content for various clients, edit manuscripts, and teach workshops on writing-related topics.
THE LONG STORY
As a child, I always wanted to be a writer, but it was up there with "rock star" of the list of pipe dreams. I wrote stories, essays, and poems constantly, winning some rewards and recognition along the way, but nothing major.
I finally started to dabble in editing in 2006 with the hope I might one day be able to get paid for it. It took quite a few years of providing free support and critique for writers online through deviantART.com to realize that I could actually make a living as a writer.
Meanwhile, I worked various sales, marketing and communications jobs as I tried to find a full-time job that I found fulfilling. I moved around from job-to-job, never quite finding what I was looking for. One day, my boss who saw that I was struggling, suggested I might enjoy being an entrepreneur. Within a couple of months, I opened my first business called Cursor Communications.
I enjoyed running my own business very much. I was providing various writing, editing and marketing services to clients, as well as teaching writing and marketing workshops. I was living the dream! In 2014, I was nominated for a NOVA Business Award in the Young Entrepreneur category. I didn't win, but it really was an honour just to be nominated.
After a couple years of running the business and growing my client base by about 500%, I realized that I could still provide the same quality services while operating under my own name, which would in turn save me money both personally and professionally. In 2015, I returned to operating as a freelance writer and editor under my own name.
That same year, I began a series of weekly workshops for writers called Writers Workshop Wednesday. It started out very small. Literally one person showed up for the first workshop and she couldn't get in the door because the location was not wheelchair accessible. I changed locations and she came back, and slowly week after week the numbers grew. In December of that year, I asked if the writers would like to formalize as a writers guild, and the response was a resounding, "YES!" And so, the Silverleaf Writers Guild was born.
I've continued to teach various workshops, edit people's manuscripts, and write online content for various business clients. I also write human interest stories for TimminsToday and other media outlets.