Welcome and thank you for stopping by. My work experience has allowed me to see various forms of writing in both the corporate arena and the arts. One is more informative and gets straight to the point and the other allows for reflective meandering. I, however, think there is a place to meld both mindsets just because creativity plays a key role in garnering an audience. Hence below and on the services page are my bio and creative experience, both past and current.
I graduated with a post-graduate diploma in Teaching Media Studies and a BA studying Communications and Marketing. In college, I was selected for a mentorship in an advertising agency which showed me the art of the sale in the most creative of ways. Later, while apprenticing with a media and film studio, I worked on documentaries bought by History Channel until finally directing my own documentary about how people face mid-life traumas.
I’ve since had the greatest pleasure in being inspired by Rick Hansen, Bonnie Klein, Sam Sullivan and Arthur Erickson, all in the course of documentary and interview work. This has led to helping others with infomercials for non-profit projects.
As someone that loves the literary forms of writing, I had my beginning with film scripts after winning a broadcast license for Billie Buckwheat & Madam White Snake in a television contest. This was pre-empted by a dramaturge mentorship offer by Kathleen Weiss who taught me the basics of play writing. This generosity of her time allowed me to turn a short story Fly On The Wall to a full length play which was chosen as a finalist for the BC Playwriting competition.
Since then, I’ve ventured into fiction inspired by the work of Peter Carey, Nicole Krauss and many other writers that meld pathos and humour sometimes a little subversively. A wide reading perspective has allowed me to create comprehension stories for one Ministry of Education project and on a very different scale, edit other people’s fiction and memoir manuscripts.
Whether it is reviewing a TV script or writing a promo for ConnecTra Society, I have always been excited as I know that the right words can touch others in a visceral way and if done well, the endeavor can plant a seed of questioning, or thinking or even engender change and meaningful action. I tend towards deep writing but whether it is corporate or fiction, I will take heart over profundity any day.
If there is anything you need to query or discuss, feel free to tap away on the computer and send! (michwg33-at-yahoo.com)