MAIS – Education & Experience

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My previous education, training and volunteer experience includes:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Developmental Art (University of Calgary, 2006)

Master of the Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing & New Media (Athabasca University, 2021 in progress)

Land Titles / Government of Alberta Training

  • Intermediate Paralegal Course (2009)
  • Senior Paralegal Course (2011)
  • Respect Works (2017)
  • Diversity & Inclusion workshop (2018)
  • Indigenous Introductory Training (2019)

Writing Courses & Workshops

  • Skye Warren Workshop: Instagram and Advertising (April 2020)
  • Tracey Cooper-Poesy, David Sweet, Naomi Davis: Fall Into Writing Workshop (October 2019)
  • Damon Suede: Character & Dialogue Workshop (May 2019)
  • Jim Jackson: Character & Building Relationships with Booksellers Workshop (October 2018)
  • Kristan Higgins: Character Development, Writing Humour Workshop (May 2018)
  • Marie Force & Joanna Mackenzie: Developing Book Series; Agents (September 2017)
  • Eve Silver: Paranormal Romance, and Blue Pencil Live slush (May 2017)
  • Adam Dreece: The Author’s Final Frontier (branding, marketing, etc.) (October 2016)
  • Debra Dixon: Goal, Motivation & Conflict (May 2015)
  • Jane Porter: Romance, & Harlequin Books (October 2014)
  • James Scott Bell: The Art of Writing (May 2014)
  • Liz Pelletier of Entangled, Angela James of Carina Press: Romance workshop (September 2012)
  • Michael Hauge: Writing by 3-Act Structure (May 2012)
  • Deidre Knight & Emily Ohanjanians: Romance Workshop & Agent Pitches (September 2011)
  • Mary Buckham: On Writing (May 2011)
  • Attendance at panels and instruction at When Words Collide writers’ conference (multiple years, 2012-2020)

Recent Volunteer Experience

AUPE Stakeholder Engagement (2021)

  • Engage with multiple stakeholders on the issues
  • Historical issue research and organization
  • Liaise with AUPE staff to organize events and coordinate staff and volunteers

TIARA (The Inclusive Association of Romance Authors) (2020-Present)

  • Founding member
  • Development of bylaws and mission statement

Northern Sky Greyhound Association (2016-Present)

  • Assist with community engagement and outreach via meet-and-greets at local pet stores, explaining the greyhound breed and answering questions from potential adopters.

Calgary Association of the Romance Writers of America (2011-2020)

  • Held Vice-President: Communications, Diversity Liaison and webmaster positions.
  • Organize monthly meetings, twice yearly workshops, and work to make the organization more diverse in its membership.