Good writing helps us make sense of the world, AND design the future
I'm glad you're here!
I'm an author, editor, writing instructor and book coach, and I help writers and creators like you to move past blocks and fears to express yourself fully in your voice, and in your power. I emphasize courage, curiosity and compassion, and ways we can all write with more ease and enjoyment. Writing doesn't have to feel hard when we're having fun! Writing can be satisfying, and help us grow.
I'm the author of the novel Circle of Stones (Dundurn Press), which was named one of the best Canadian books of 2015 by 49th Shelf. I’m now completing two books-in-progress. As an arts journalist I interviewed luminaries including Andrea Martin, Frank Gehry, Will Arnett and Corey Hart. My writing has appeared in The Walrus, Hazlitt, Canadian Art, Toronto Star, Joyland, Taddle Creek and other publications.
EDITING, TEACHING AND COACHING
I was an editor for beloved Canadian literary magazine, Taddle Creek from 2015 to 2023, and bring over 20 years of editing experience. I’ve worked as a story director for award-winning digital TV and film co-productions and narrative games, and I now teach the art and craft of telling a good story. I've taught creative writing courses at the University of Toronto and workshops for the Writers' Union of Canada, the University of British Columbia Creative Writing, Guelph University and Toronto Metropolitan University. I adore teaching, editing and coaching writers independently. I love to encourage writers like you to dream bigger, take your ideas further, and be more daring than you ever imagined.
NEW: I'm studying at Eckhart Tolle's School of Awareness to be a teacher of presence. (Completion date October, 2023.)
I'm a Ukrainian-Canadian settler and I stand for courage and compassion. I've lived on Vancouver Island, in Ottawa, and in Toronto where I worked, wrote, played bass in fun indie bands and travelled often to Montreal and New York City. After years of exploring I returned home to the west coast at the end of 2018. I now live, write, edit and teach in Vancouver with a view of the North Shore mountains.
Interested in my editing or book coaching services? Book an info call!
For other inquiries, email me at suzannealyssaandrew at gmail dot com.
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