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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.

Cursor Communications logo

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.

2014 Nova Awards Nominees

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.

Silverleaf Writers Guild logo

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.

What People are Saying

“Jessica Trudel clearly has a gift for writing and editing. She is also a lot of fun to work with…Jessica was focused on my goals and how they could be reached. If anyone wants quality work with excellent customer service, I highly recommend Jessica Trudel for any writing/editing projects, big or small.” Catherine Boivin-Girard

“Jessica Trudel recently provided me with a structural edit of my first novel. I am extremely impressed with her professional and indepth feedback. An hour long face chat today after receiving the written report was invaluable. Jessica is easy to chat to and her feedback and ideas are fantastic. I can highly recommend her editing services.” Sal Gallaher

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Jessica Trudel is a freelance writer and editor, and founder of the Silverleaf Writers Guild. She specializes in human interest stories, and has contributed to various print and digital publications across Canada and the U.S.

NOMJ.ca

A collection of articles written for the Northern Ontario Medical Journal.

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TimminsToday.com

A collection of articles written for TimminsToday.com.

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AlignThoughts.com

A collection of articles written for AlignThoughts.com.

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