Writer in Winnipeg, Manitoba
I love jobs that allow me to serve my community, because I believe that a community and individual have a symbiotic relationship. A healthy community with good values produces good members, and vice versa. I’m at my best when I can write about something that interests me, which is good as most things interest me to greater or lesser degrees. I am happy to write, though my values of environmentalism, community service, democracy, equality, and freedom supersede simply taking paycheques.
I have a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree in progress. I have worked for a former member of the Canadian Parliament, for a community organization located just outside Winnipeg, and currently have a recurring volunteer position at a thrift store in Winnipeg. I’m an unapologetic lover of Winnipeg, warts and all, and I still believe the best way to show your love for a place is to improve it.
My approach to writing is to begin writing early so it can be done early. Then, once it is done, I will edit hard-headedly, paring away all extraneous words. I am one writer who can edit while writing, though I understand many writers cannot do this. I believe that writing is my foremost skill, and I am confident in it, though when necessary, I can ask others for confirmation that I understand the assignment. Usually, I do understand it and my main concern is to find the best words. This makes me a good person to hire to write, because I am low-maintenance and self-motivated to write.
Depending on the situation called for, I can switch gears from academic, to other formal, to informal writing. My experiences and opinions inform my writing style and I am not shy about expressing my opinions when called for.
I want a job that allows me to use a skill I’ve spent hours upon hours honing through applied practice in ways that benefit clients, the place we share, and me. Clients and I benefit if we can learn something from each other. The place we share benefits if I find a way to improve it and communicate the way clearly to the people who have the power to change it in a way that makes them want to change it.