Black-Eyed Suzie

Dolls. Words.






2016   Workshop Instructor

·      Developed and led a well-attended, multi-media workshop on ‘Genertaing Ideas’ to local writers in Inverness County  


2007-10  Participant in Fiction Workshops

1995-98  Concordia University

·       Offered extensive written and verbal feedback/ critique of fellow students’  

            writing in graduate and undersgraduate fiction workshops.


2008   Instructor – ENGL 212 (Composition I)

   -09   Concordia University

·      Designed and taught Composition II course to undergraduate students at    Concordia University.


2007   Teaching Assistant – Canadian Literature

   -08   Concordia University

  • Graded academic papers written by undergraduate literature students.


2006   Instructor

   -07   Caron Training Centre

·      Taught English as a Second Language to adult professionals at the intermediate and advanced levels in their work environment.

·      Developed lesson plans designed to improve the grammar, syntax, vocabulary and fluency of Francophone learners.

·      Required excellent knowledge of English grammar and ability to adapt teaching methods to varying levels of ability.


2001   Instructor                                                                                                                  

-   03   City Academy, Toronto

·     Taught grade 9-12 English, including 3U-4U and Writer’s Craft; taught grade 9 French and grade 12 Family Studies at a co-ed independent school.

·     Completed over 1000 hours of instruction.

·     Responsibilities included developing courses of study according to Ministry of Education guidelines, and designing tests, assignments and exams.

·     Developed excellent classroom management skills.



2010 Master of Arts, Creative Writing and English Literature

Concordia University


2005  Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Creative Writing and English Literature

Concordia University

(Graduated with Distinction)




All Is Beauty Now

McClelland and Stewart

All Is Beauty Now, US edition

Little, Brown 



‘Outside Over There’(essay)   

 Brick Magazine, Issue 95, June 2015

(a biennial Toronto literary journal founded in 1977)




Reading Montreal (Guest Editor)

-Developed story idea and edited content for online cultural magazine.





2018                John and Margaret Savage First Novel Award(winner)


2018                Thomas Head Raddall Award for Fiction (Shortlisted)


2008                 Feige and Sydney Gasco Scholarship


2005                 Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Fiction (Shortlisted)