A year of writing in review

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The Chartier’s adorable “guard dog.” Photo credit: Heather Fritz

Looking back over 2015, what I notice about my writing is that there’s a lot of variety. That’s why I love my job. Every day is different and every month I meet interesting people and learn new things from them.

One of the highlights for me was the opportunity to interview and write an article about my friend’s grandparents for Saskatoon HOME magazine. The Chartiers have lived in the same home in Saskatoon for almost 60 years and have built a huge greenhouse that wraps around their home. Beyond the greenhouse is a beautiful, well-tended garden that stretches to the curb. When the greenhouse shelving is factored in, they have 5,000 square feet of plantings.
The Chartiers were such a pleasure to speak with, because they’re so passionate about gardening and good food – not to mention the fact that they’re incredibly warm and friendly. I even asked my friend if I could adopt them as my own grandparents.

You can read the whole article here.

I also had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people through a few writing projects I completed for Sask Polytech. I interviewed two whip-smart, energetic Nigerian sisters about what it’s like to be an international student at the school. They had great things to say about life in Saskatchewan, and their positive attitude and infectious laughter made them such a treat to chat with. You can find the Sask Polytech article here.

I was equally thrilled to interview Kevin Wesaquate, the school’s multi-talented artist in residence. Just as the Chartiers love to share their passion for growing food with their community, Kevin finds joy sharing the arts with Sask Polytech students and faculty. He’s a spoken-word poet, a painter, a filmmaker, author and playwright – and he’s inspired me to pick up a paint brush myself. You can find the profile on Kevin here. 

Some other highlights were interviewing some of the newest neighbours at Sarilia Country Estates, writing blog posts on interior design for Lexis Homes, and speaking with several scientists about their work in genomics research for an annual report.

I also crafted website content, news releases and several newsletters throughout the year. If you’re interested in hiring me, I’m happy to send along samples.

Here’s hoping 2016 brings just as much variety and fascinating interview subjects as 2015 did.

 

 

 

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